UNDERSTAND THIS: If You Have Been Driving Drunk (DUI) you could easily have killed someone. You deserve what you get. CanLaw has no sympathy for you whatsoever

Nevertheless, even drunk drivers are entitled to a defence.

If You Plead Guilty To Impaired Driving this is what will result:


Criminal conviction and criminal record for life.


Record of fingerprints & photographs at the RCMP and your local police department


Driver’s license suspension for 1 full year minimum


Very high fines (thousands of dollars)


Installation of an breath testing ignition interlock system in your vehicle for 1 year at your expense


Required to take a driver training program before getting your license back.


Car insurance premiums starting at $10,000 year for 3 years or longer.


Foreign travel restrictions. You will require a US waiver to enter the US and many other countries

You will want to apply for a pardon as soon as possible.

Here are the basics:


A conviction for either impaired operation, over 80 mg, or refusal to provide a breath sample results in:

Minimum DUI fine or jail

$600 fine for a first offence,

Minimum 14 days jail for a second offence

Minimum of 90 days in jail for a third offence


A Criminal Code driving prohibition will be imposed by the Court forbidding operation of a motor vehicle anywhere in Canada for at least one year.


Minimum automatic driver's licence suspension upon conviction of 1 year for a first offence,3 years for a second offence, lifetime for a third offence.


Driver's Course and fee required for licence reinstatement.


Installation of an breath testing ignition interlock system is mandatory after reinstatement. You must breathe into the machine before the car will start. So must your family members and any one else who uses the car.


Automatic administrative licence suspension for 90 days immediately upon charge and arrest.


If you drive while suspended you face very stiff penalties. and since your insurance will be canceled, you face a minimum $5000 fine for driving without insurance.

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