Three Questions to Ask BEFORE Hiring an Ottawa Impaired Driving Lawyer

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – Being charged in Ontario with Over 80, Impaired Driving, or Sample Refusal can be a stressful ordeal for anybody. You need to hire a great criminal defence lawyer if you want to get those charges dropped. The problem, for many people facing impaired driving charges, is that they don’t know how to find the best criminal lawyer for their specific case.

The search for a top criminal defence lawyer is all about doing research and, asking yourself questions about any prospective lawyer. In this article I will share some of those questions with you – make sure you’ve thought about these before hiring a lawyer to take on your impaired driving case!

  1. Does this lawyer have significant experience representing impaired driving cases at court trial?

Many impaired driving cases do make it to trial in Ontario courtroom, and you need a lawyer who is experienced and skilled in defending them in court. A skilled trial lawyer could win your case using techniques like specialized cross-examination. Avoid one who has not defended very many impaired driving cases in an actual courtroom.

  1. How significantly does impaired driving figure into this lawyer’s criminal defence practice?

It’s important to find a lawyer who lists Ontario driving offences as a major component of his or her criminal defence practice. Avoid any lawyer who “dabbles” in impaired driving, or who specializes in a different area of law – impaired driving is a unique and complex area of the law that requires a specialized knowledge.

  1. Does the lawyer have a sophisticated understanding of all the defences and strategies that could be used to fight my charges?

In Ontario, there are a number of ways you can fight impaired driving charges. For example, you can prove that the police officer’s administration of the test was not correct, or argue that the arrest was in violation of the Charter. Before you hire a criminal lawyer, make sure he or she has an up-to-date knowledge of these defences, as well as the experience and skills to apply them successfully.

Have you been arrested and charged with an Ontario drinking and driving offence? The Ottawa impaired driving lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are here to help you find the best possible legal representation for your case. Call us today at (613) 233-4529 or email us at [email protected].

Ontario Set to Toughen Impaired Driving Consequences Starting December 1

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – An arrest in Ontario for Impaired Driving, Over 80, or Sample Refusal is already a serious and stressful experience. At the end of this month, these cases are going to become even more serious.

The Ontario government issued a press release announcing a scheduled change to their vehicle impoundment policy. Effective December 1, drivers arrested in connection with an alcohol-related driving offence will be subject to a seven-day vehicle impoundment – for which the vehicle’s owner must pay the towing and storage bill.

This new impoundment policy extends to those found driving with suspended licenses, but it also effects:

  • Drivers found driving with a blood alcohol concentration of over 80 milligrams.
  • Drivers who refuse to supply a breath sample to a police officer.
  • Drivers required to have an interlock ignition device, and who are found driving without one installed.

After December 1, if you are arrested for an alcohol-related driving offence, the arresting officer will have to determine whether or not the vehicle is subject to impoundment. If he or she decides that an impoundment is necessary, you will be given a “Notice of Impoundment” and your car will be towed immediately from the site of the arrest.

In my practice, I fight on behalf of many drivers who were wrongfully arrested for Impaired Driving, Over 80, or Sample Refusal in Ontario. This seven-day impoundment period immediately following the arrest is both an inconvenience and a financial hit that will cause stress to the driver before he or she has a chance to start fighting their driving offence charges.

Have you been arrested for an alcohol-related driving offence in Ontario? You should speak with a top criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible – one who can help you understand your options and fight your charges. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.