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The Consequences of Driving Drunk

Drinking and driving should always be discouraged, and for good reason: Ontario boasts some of the harshest impaired driving laws in the country. Under the Criminal Code of Canada, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can get you an impaired driving charge. Being convicted on an impaired driving charge can result in heavy penalties, including suspension of your license, steep fines and jail time. Even being behind the wheel of a non-moving vehicle may be enough to secure an impaired driving charge. If your activities for the evening include drinking, then make other travel arrangements; if you do get charged with impaired driving, you need to consult with a criminal defence lawyer who knows the law, can advise you of your options, and will work with you to prepare the best possible defence.

How Does Impaired Driving Work?

When you drink enough alcohol, your reflexes become slower and you are unable to respond to rapidly changing road conditions. Your vision may become blurry, making you unable to properly judge distances and the presence of people that can be hurt by your vehicle. If you have a low tolerance for alcohol, as little as one drink can be enough to render you incapable of handling a motor vehicle. Mood-altering drugs and even legal drugs available through prescription can also affect your ability to drive, so it’s important to ask your doctor about any possible side effects of your medication, and remember never to mix any drug with alcohol.

If you are pulled over under suspicion of driving while impaired, an officer can issue a breath test; registering a blood-alcohol level of .05 or higher – or simply refusing to take it – is enough to have your licence suspended. Registering a .08 will get your vehicle immediately impounded.

An Impaired Driving Conviction Can Impair Your Life

Ongoing consequences of an impaired driving conviction also include the requirement to enter into an alcohol education and treatment program and the installation of an ignition interlock system on your car, which would prevent you from starting it if you register alcohol on your breath. An impaired driving conviction can remain on your driving record for 10 years, and will have the expected impact on your car insurance premiums. When you add up all of these consequences, two things should become clear: 1) don’t drink and drive; 2) if you are charged with impaired driving, you need to talk to a skilled impaired driving defence lawyer immediately.

The Kruse Law Firm – Experienced Ontario Criminal and DUI Defence Lawyers

Based in Ontario, the Kruse Law Firm has been providing top tier criminal legal defence for the last 20 years, specializing in criminal law defence but widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in DUI defence strategies.  “Tell us your side – we’ll handle it” is the mantra by which Michael Kruse and his team of legal professionals operate, wanting each of their clients to rest assured that their case is in the best possible hands, and knowing that they will be properly represented when their day in court arrives. Michael Kruse has earned a reputation within the legal community for passion, commitment, and expertise across all areas of criminal law. Call (519) 744-0973 or send an e-mail to for a free, no-obligation consultation.