Hiring a Drunk Driving Lawyer? Questions to Ask

Hiring a criminal lawyer for any case can be daunting, especially if it’s your first offence. Hiring a lawyer for your Drunk Driving charge is no different. Drunk Driving charges is a highly technical area of criminal law found under the Criminal Code of Canada. How do you locate the right lawyer for your case? I’ll lay out some tips to assist you with your search to hire a lawyer that meets your [...]

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Canada’s overhaul of impaired driving law: New risks to non-citizens

Feel free to check out a recently published article on LexisNexis’ Lawyer’s Daily, where I provide an opinion on Bill C-46’s changes to DUI law — one of which is particularly important for everyone in Canada who is not a Citizen.  The article is pasted below for ease of reference: In December 2018, Bill C-46 came into force and introduced new law in relation to transportation offences (now referred to as conveyance offences), including offences related to alcohol and drug [...]

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Randomized Breath Testing and Approved Screening Device Demands in Canada

Drinking and Driving law was overhauled in December, 2018 with a variety of police powers either created or broadened.  One power that was broadened was their use of Approved Screening Devices. An Approved Screening Device (“ASD”) is a device that police use at the roadside to test for the existence of alcohol in one’s body. Typically, the device requires an individual to blow into a mouth piece which is attached to the device, expelling air from their lungs into it.  [...]

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Defending Excess Blood Alcohol (80 Plus) Charges

Many people not in the practice of Criminal Law commonly ask, “How is it possible to defend against an Over 80 charge, when the person is clearly guilty”?   It’s a fair question.   After all, the police have a scientific method by which to determine the person’s blood alcohol concentration.   Unlike in many other areas of criminal law, proof of the offence lies within a number, rather than an interpretation of vague legal terminology. The reality is, there [...]

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