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The easiest way to handle an impaired driving arrest is not to get one in the first place. But the fact is that people make mistakes—and it only takes one impaired driving conviction to have a lasting impact on your driving record. The overall lifetime cost of one impaired driving conviction may run as high as $50,000.

Some disturbing statistics on impaired driving cases in Canada:

87% of alcohol related fatalities were in the drinking driver’s vehicle. – 88% of drivers killed in alcohol related crashes are male.
– 56% of drivers killed in single vehicle crashes tested positive for alcohol.
– Nearly 500 pedestrian fatalities due to alcohol related crashes occur every year.
– Impaired driving offenses are the single most common criminal offense in Canada, accounting for just over 12% of all cases brought to court.

It isn’t hard to see why the Canadian legal system has begun coming down hard on those charged with impaired driving offenses. It’s also easy to see why the services of a lawyer with experience in impaired driving cases can be invaluable.

What Can I Expect if I’ve Been Charged with Impaired Driving?

If you have been stopped for an impaired driving citation, it’s important to understand the legal process going forward, and how you can best level a defense against it. There will be questions about your driver’s license, how this will affect your driving and criminal record, the amount of any fines imposed, and even the prospect of jail time.

One of the most common questions is whether or not the initial court appearance is mandatory. The first court appearance generally takes place within two weeks of the arrest; the defendant is usually asked to enter a plea, and the court may set a later date for the actual trial. In many cases, it is beneficial for the defendant to appear, but if you are unable to do so, a DUI lawyer may be able to appear on your behalf. An impaired driving lawyer will be able to defend your rights during these proceedings, and in some cases may be able to get the charges reduced or dropped altogether.

While your case is working its way through the system, your DUI attorney will be able to answer your questions and keep you up to date on the status of your case. An experienced lawyer will also be able to help you with related issues such as employment concerns, driving privileges, fines, having a car impounded, mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, and the effect of your criminal record.

Engel & Associates are trusted experts in criminal defense in Ottawa and the surrounding communities. They are located at 116 Lisgar St. Suite 210 Ottawa, ON K2P 0C2, and they may be reached by calling (866) 762-9250.