Canada Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys

  1. Alberta & British Columbia
  2. Manitoba
    1. Chapman, Goddard & Kagan: If you have been charged with a crime, or know that you are about to be, you should call us. Criminal law is a unique, complex area of the law and our firm possesses the expertise to help you navigate your way through these problems. You need to ensure that the lawyer representing you has the experience to assist you.
  3. Ontario Ontario
  4. Nova Scotia
    1. Arnold Pizzo McKiggan: * What is the penalty for impaired driving? * What is the difference between impaired driving and D.U.I.? * Do I get a criminal record for drinking and driving? * Can I get a license just to drive to work and back? * Is there any advantage if I plead guilty right away?
    2. Donald Murray: Every piece of evidence leads toward an understanding of past events. Every piece of evidence is a footprint made in the cause of guiding a judge or juror to a conclusion which coincides with the litigant's own desired understanding of past events. As put so aptly by Janet Malcolm in her introduction to "The Crime of Sheila McGough" (Knopf 1999), p.3: "The law is the guardian of the ideal of unmediated truth, truth stripped bare of the ornament of narration; the judge, its representative, adjudicates between each lawyers attempt to use the rules of evidence to dismantle the story of the other, while preserving the integrity of his own. The story that can best withstand the attrition of the rules of evidence is the story that wins."
  5. Quebec
    1. Gariepy, Benoit: The words "drinking & driving" are used by governments, lobby groups, the media, and some members of the public to describe the operation of a motor vehicle while in a state of incapacity to drive due to alcoholic or drug intoxication. But the expression "drinking and driving" is not found in the Criminal Code of Canada. Canada has two main substantive criminal offences concerning drunk driving or DUI / DWI: * while the person's ability to operate the vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment is impaired by alcohol or a drug. This drinking & driving offence is proven by evidence of bad driving and various indicia of impairment observed such as slurred speech, difficulty with standing or walking, red glassy or bloodshot eyes, etc... * having consumed alcohol in such a quantity that the concentration in the person's blood exceeds eighty milligrams of alcohol in one hundred millilitres of blood. The drinking and driving offence of “over 80” is usually proven by breathalyzer tests that determine blood alcohol concentration using an approved instrument. Blood tests are used in drinking and driving cases where breathalyzer tests are not practicable. The usual penalty for a first Drinking and Driving offence in Canada is a fine. The minimum second Drinking and Driving offence penalty is 14 days in jail. The minimum penalty for a third Drinking and Driving offence is 90 days in jail. There is always a prohibition of driving for a minimum period of one year. The offences of impaired driving and over 80, also described as impaired operation of a motor vehicle and excess blood alcohol, require the assistance of a lawyer. There are many technical defences to drunk driving related charges. For example, the results of any test taken may be rendered inadmissible if the police fail to comply with certain technical requirements under the Criminal Code of Canada or the Charter of Rights.
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