Impaired Driving - Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman

Impaired driving is a charge that refers to the operation of any sort of motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. Provinces across Canada, including Ontario, are adopting much tougher stances on this type of offence, with increasingly harsh fines and jail terms being handed down. The goal is to create penalties that serve as a deterrent to others.

Legal Considerations Involved in Impaired Driving Cases

In many impaired driving cases, a key piece of evidence is the driver’s blood alcohol level. This can be derived from breath samples or, in some cases, blood samples. Refusal to provide a sample to police for this purpose will be treated as a criminal offence in itself, and carries identical penalties as a conviction on impaired driving.

Testing aside, you can be prosecuted for impaired driving even if your blood alcohol level is well within the acceptable limits. A conviction can be based on police or witness testimony that the accused demonstrated signs of impaired driving, such as speeding, weaving, inability to focus, unsteadiness on their feet, the smell of alcohol, or even an open container of alcohol visible in the car.

The Right Lawyer Can Help

If you find yourself on the receiving end of an impaired driving charge, do not make the mistake that so many people do: representing yourself in court. The law and procedures involved in these cases can be complex, and it is difficult for the uninitiated to defend themselves effectively; many end up missing an opportunity to challenge crucial evidence or present a winning argument.

An experienced DUI lawyer will be familiar with court procedures and the latest developments in the law as it applies to impaired driving charges in Ontario; he or she will be able to identify the best arguments and strategies available in your case. Your lawyer may also be able to negotiate with the judge and the prosecution to keep penalties and fines to a minimum and hopefully keep your driving record as clean as possible.

Many DUI attorneys will speak with you for a free initial consultation. During this short phone call, your lawyer can gather information about your case, answer your questions, and discuss your next steps. You can decide whether you’d like to retain the attorney. As your case progresses, your attorney will build your defence, handle all necessary legal paperwork, and speak on your behalf during court appearances. Of course there are no guarantees, but having solid legal counsel in your corner does increase the likelihood of a judgment that is favorable to you.

Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman: Criminal Defence Lawyer On Your Side

The Law Firm of Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman is committed to providing the highest standards of legal defence for individuals and corporations charged with criminal offences. This formidable team of lawyers has decades of combined experience in all areas of criminal law, including conducting trials and arguing cases at all levels of court in Ontario as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada. They also provide legal assistance to other lawyers and firms in a variety of legal fields, such as immigration or family law, when those matters cross the line into the criminal arena.

The firm has established a reputation within the Ontario court system for its commitment to justice and unwavering dedication to professionalism. For a free initial telephone consultation, contact Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman at 5000 Yonge St, Suite 1708, Toronto ON M2N 7E9, or by calling (416) 365-3151.