DUI DWI: International Referral
The Ontario DUI, DWI, OUI, OWI, Impaired Driving Checklist
This form is for use by persons who have recently been charged with a drinking and driving offence. Use this form to make notes of what happened and bring this form with you to your attorney or lawyer. Keep this information absolutely confidential. WARNING! If this memorandum when completed is not delivered to your attorney or lawyer forthwith, and if it or a photocopy is seen, obtained, or seized by the police or anyone else who is not your legal counsel, this memorandum could be used in Court against you. Deliver it to your lawyer or attorney in person forthwith.
- For information on my practice and the defence of drinking and driving charges in Ontario, please visit my website at www.defencelaw.com.
I have been practicing criminal law defence since 1979 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, focusing in the Greater Toronto Area. My experience includes both prosecution and defence. I have been a part-time Assistant Crown Attorney since 1981 and per diem duty counsel since 1979. I have special interest in impaired driving law and Youth Court law issues. I enjoy legal research and creative criminal law defences that capture the Court's imagination. I employ expert toxicologists, engineers, and photographers to help prove my client's case is just and reasonable. I spend a great deal of time in the Ontario Court of Justice Criminal Court in Brampton, Mississauga, Orangeville, Toronto, Oakville, and the surrounding municipalities. My clients come from the whole Greater Toronto Area including courts in Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Milton, Newmarket, Etobicoke, Scarborough, Whitby, and Oshawa. I am past Treasurer and past President of the Peel Criminal Lawyers Association, as well as past webmaster and listserv manager for the Ontario Criminal Lawyers' Association.I am actively involved as a presenter in continuing legal education programmes for impaired driving attorneys and law associations in Ontario.
A conviction for either impaired operation, over 80 mg/100mL, or refusal to provide a breath sample results in a minimum DUI fine or jail: minimum 1000 dollar fine for a first, minimum 90 days jail for a second, or a minimum of 120 days in jail for a third. A Criminal Code driving prohibition will be imposed by the Court precluding operation of a motor vehicle anywhere in Canada for at least one year. Minimum automatic driver's licence suspension by the Ministry upon conviction in Ontario of 1 year for a first, 3 years for a second, lifetime for a third. Course and fee required for licence reinstatement. Installation of an ignition interlock system is required after reinstatement. There is an automatic administrative licence suspension for 90 days immediately upon arrest. If you drive while suspended in Ontario, you face harsh penalties. Please see the Canadian Criminal Law Case Briefs database for more information.
Copyright Stephen R. Biss, Barrister & Solicitor, 2001
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