For nearly 20 years, John Erickson has been successfully defending countless individuals charged with drinking and driving related offences in Toronto, the GTA, and throughout southern Ontario, making him a prudent choice for those seeking a DUI lawyer Toronto.
With affordable services and a proven history of success, Erickson Law will ensure that your Charter rights are fully protected if you are charged with drinking and driving related offence such as driving while impaired, over 80, failing to provide a breath sample or refusing to provide a breath sample. Need to find the best DUI lawyer in Ontario? Then continue reading below.
Erickson Law provides criminal defence in Toronto for impaired driving (DUI) offences including:
∙ Driving while intoxicated or driving while impaired (DWI)
∙ Driving while Ability Impaired (DWAI)
∙ Operating while Impaired (OWI)
∙ Driving under the influence (DUI)
∙ Refusing to provide a breath sample
∙ Failing to provide a breath sample
∙ Refused breathalyzer test
∙ Dangerous driving
∙ Impaired operation causing bodily harm
∙ Impaired operation causing death
∙ Over 80
What is “Impaired Driving”?
If your ability to drive has been altered in any way to do any cause, you may be considered to be driving while impaired. This can be caused by alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep, or certain medications. “Impaired” can refer to your change in judgement, slower reaction time, or clear signs of intoxication from alcohol or other substances.
How can an offer prove that you were driving while impaired? An admission of guilt, physical symptoms, video footage, or an “over 80” breathalyzer result will be considered proof of a DUI. If this has happened to you, you need a trusted DWAI, OWI, or DUI lawyer in Toronto immediately.
Understanding Impaired Driving (DUI) in Canada
It is a criminal offence to operate a motor vehicle in Canada while your ability to operate it is impaired by alcohol or a drug or while your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is more than 80 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood.
It is also a criminal offence to be “care or control“ of motor vehicle while your ability to operate it is impaired by alcohol or a drug or while your BAC is more than 80 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood. In other words, you can be charged even if you are just sitting or sleeping in the driver’s seat or if you have had an accident and are just waiting for a tow truck to arrive.
It is also a criminal offence to refuse or fail to provide a breath sample when a police officer makes a lawful demand for you to provide one either at the roadside or at a police station.
The penalties for all of these offences are exactly the same. However, the penalties are significantly higher in situations where someone has been injured or killed.
How will impaired driving (DUI) charges affect my life?
Impaired driving charges can change your life dramatically. Aside from the obvious impact that significant fine or jail time can have, a drinking and driving, over 80, or refusing to provide charge can have far-reaching implications. If you are charged with impaired driving offences (DUI) in Toronto and do not hire a qualified drinking and driving lawyer, a conviction could result in:
∙ A permanent criminal record
∙ Loss of employment or future employment prospect (especially those involving driving trucks, taxis, making deliveries, or operating a mobile repair service vehicle)
∙ Having your driving privileges prohibited for at least one year
∙ Rehabilitative treatment or assessment program obligations
∙ Increased insurance premiums
∙ Serious damages to your standing in the community
For these reasons, it is imperative that you hire a qualified drinking and driving lawyer in Toronto.
How Can an Impaired Driving Lawyer win your DUI Case?
There are many ways for you to be found innocent in your impaired driving/ DUI case. Here are just a few ways:
Using tactics to exclude potential evidence against your case; any piece of evidence that violates personal rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is considered invalid.
Use the opinion of an expert toxicologist to prove whether or not your blood alcohol content (BAC) was over the legal driving limit.
Use any and all legal resources to prove you innocent from your DUI charge.
Why choose Erickson Law as your DUI lawyer in Toronto?
Experience at every level of the legal system. For nearly twenty years, John Erickson has defended clients from alleged criminal offences at all levels of the legal system.
Custom legal support you can count on. John Erickson’s commitment to client care has helped distinguish him as a prudent choice for those seeking a drinking and driving lawyer in Toronto. Legal support is available 24/7 for clients requiring immediate representation or advice. Every defence is custom built for the client, taking into account your unique circumstances to expose false allegations and secure justice for you. Over the years, we have helped a number of clients overcome impaired driving allegations; you can read about their stories here.
Affordable representation that does not compromise on quality. If you are seeking an affordable criminal defence lawyer, John Erickson can help. Erickson Law offers free first time consultations to help clients affirm their choice of legal representation at no additional cost, and works with a block fee billing structure to ensure clients get exactly what they pay for with full transparency.