Impaired Driving Offences Have Long Term Consequences
The vast majority of people charged with impaired driving offences are first-time offenders. For these people, the anxiety and stress of being arrested, transported to the police station, and charged can be traumatic. In many cases, this is also their first type of criminal offence. As such, it is not uncommon for them to want to quickly attempt to resolve the matter so they can get back to their normal lives.
However, what they do not realize is their live will not be “normal” if they simply plead guilty to their offence or take a plea agreement. There are numerous short-term and long-term consequence of being convicted and found guilty of impairment offences. The most notable is the establishment of a criminal record for the offence that will remain on the record for the rest of their life.
Besides a criminal record other impacts these types of offences can have on your livelihood include, but may not be limited to:
- Mandatory Driver License Suspension
- Mandatory Minimum Fines
- Court Fees
- Costs for Alcohol Education Awareness/Rehabilitation Programs
- Cost for Installing an Interlock Device in Your Vehicle
- Monthly Maintenance Cost for the Interlock Device
- Cost to Remove the Interlock Device after Probation
- The Offence Appearing on Criminal Background Checks
- Potential Problems Maintaining and Finding Employment
- Prohibited Travel Internationally even to the United States
- Increase Vehicle Insurance Rates
- Possible Imprisonment
In addition to these aspects, if you were involved in an accident while driving under the influence, where you caused damage to property or injured other people, you could possibly face other criminal charges, as well as be sued in civil court.
Where illegal substances and drugs were related to the impairment, along with alcohol, the severity of the consequence can be even more extreme. You could even be charged with a drug possession offence. If you are a repeat offender, these is the possibility of life in prison depending upon the circumstance of the case, the type of illegal substances and drugs, whether you simply consumed them or had excess amounts in your possession, and other such factors.
Isn’t Guilt Automatic Based Upon the Breath Sample Results?
While the breath sample results can make it seem impossible to fight the charges, there are various strategic defences to impairment and impaired driving offences. For instance, how the police conducted themselves during the investigation and collection of the sample could be called into question, if they failed to follow certain procedures and processes or violated your rights in some manner. Please keep in mind these are just a few examples of potential defences and each person’s case and defences to their charges can and do vary.
DISCLAIMER: The above content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be treated as actual legal advice. If you have been charged with an impairment offence, contact Toronto criminal defence lawyer, Jeff Hershberg at 416-428-7360 for a complimentary case evaluation and to obtain sound legal advice.