Posted on Jul 21, 2021
Andrew Captan - Criminal Lawyer
I often am asked what are the consequences for being convicted of a DUI / Impaired Driving offence. The answer is, it depends. The starting point is that, generally speaking, there is a minimum $1,000 fine for a first offence, along with a 12 month driving prohibition. A second offence attracts 30 days jail and a third leads to 120 days behind bars. For Refuse Breathalyzer charges, the minimum fine jumps to $2,000. Additionally, if you blew a 120, the minimum fine increases to $1,500 and then to $2,000 for readings of 160 or higher. These are the criminal law consequences. Then, there are provincial consequences that follow, including the requirement of completing an "ignition interlock" period, completing the Back on Track educational program and dealing with increases to your vehicle insurance rates. All in all, a DUI conviction is taxing in more ways than one. For a free consultation with an experienced DUI lawyer in Toronto, call us today and we'd be happy to answer your questions.