Stephen R. Biss, Barrister & Solicitor
470 Hensall Circle, Suite 303 (near Cawthra and Dundas)
Toll-free Phone: 1-877-273-3322
Practice for this DUI Attorney in the following Regions, Cities, and Counties:
Peel, Halton, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Orangeville, Dufferin, Etobicoke, North York, Downsview, Newmarket, Scarborough, Oshawa, Durham, Newmarket, Guelph, Wellington, Kitchener, Waterloo, Port Credit, Streetsville, Clarkson, Erindale, Erin Mills, Hamilton, Cooksville, Meadowvale, Wellington, Cawthra, Dixie, Malton, Caledon, Bolton, Guelph/Eramosa, Cambridge, Richmond Hill, Hamilton-Wentworth
Description of this DUI Lawyer Practice:
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.
Impaired Driving Lawyer Synopsis of the Law Applicable to this Province or State:
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.
First Appearance Notes from this Impaired Driving Attorney:
Any time that you appear in a DUI court or a criminal laws court, you should be appropriately dressed in good quality clothing to show respect to the Court. Always be on time for your court appearance. On first appearance in Ontario, Canada, the accused person should ask for an adjournment for two or three weeks so that he or she may properly retain a criminal law lawyer with expertise in DUI, DWI, Youth Court law, or other specific area of criminal law. A disclosure package of police officers' notes and witness statements may be given out by the Crown as well as a synopsis of the DUI charge, a breath room video and a charge screening form. Safeguard these handouts and bring them to your criminal law lawyer immediately. You will not be asked to indicate a plea on first appearance. Duty counsel is usually available for emergency advice.
You may be wondering, "Should I plead guilty to drinking and driving or can I fight the DUI charge?" Remember, there will be costly insurance implications if you are convicted. For best results, hire a lawyer with substantial DUI laws or other experience related to this area of criminal law . Make notes of what happened using The Canadian Impaired Driving Checklist and bring them to your lawyer. Mississauga, Brampton, and Toronto criminal law lawyer, Stephen Biss has extensive experience in defending DUI, drunk driving and care or control cases since 1979. He also has the experience of prosecuting DUI impaired driving matters as a Part-time Assistant Crown Attorney in Mississauga, Brampton, and Orangeville.First appearance in a busy , Ontario DUI courthouse can be intimidating. Do not bring sharp objects, knives, drugs, or cell phones into courthouse. Security at the entrance to the DUI Courthouse may seize these objects from you. Some Greater Toronto Area courthouses have security similar to an airport. It is unwise to carry a cell phone since it may accidentally ring in DUI Court and you may receive a nasty scolding from the criminal court judge. Some judges in the Greater Toronto Area order that cell phones shall be seized in the courtroom and placed on the clerk's desk only to be returned once criminal Court is finished. Besides creating the obvious nuisance if they ring, cell phones can also interfere with sensitive voice lift and recording equipment in the criminal law courthouse. Ask your DUI attorney for more information about what you should do and not do in DUI and criminal court in Ontario.
Other Ontario DUI Links:
Summaries of DUI Law for Ontario
Ontario Drunk Driving Information Page
Case Briefs for Ontario DUI Laws, Criminal Laws, Charter of Rights
Can I Fight My Ontario DUI Laws Charge?
Should I Plead Guilty to DUI in Ontario?
What Happens in Real Ontario DUI Laws Litigation if Fought Well
What to Do On DUI Court First Appearance
What to Wear to Ontario DUI Court
Being Early for Ontario DUI DWI Court
Directory of DUI Courthouses in Ontario
Directory of Ontario Motor Vehicle Offices
BAC Instruments used in Ontario DUI Court Cases
DUI Breath and Blood Collection Standards and Departments Responsible
Can I Visit Ontario, Canada with a DUI, DWI, OUI, OWI?
DUI Legislation in Ontario
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DUI Refusal Offense/Presumption
DUI Administrative Driver's License Suspension
Drinking and Driving Procedure/Evidence
DUI Penalties Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition
DUI Drive While Suspended Offense
Immigration, Exclusion of Visitors resulting from DUI
Reciprocal DUI Agreements
Constitutional Rights in DUI Cases
Pardons for an Ontario DUI
Other Criminal Non-DUI Legislation
DUI Attorneys - Lists by County in Ontario
List of DUI Attorneys and Practice Descriptions
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List of Ontario DUI Forensic Experts and Practice Descriptions
Ontario DUI Data and Links to DUI Statutes
The Ontario Impaired Driving Checklist
The Ontario Drinking Driver's Worksheet
Ontario DUI and Criminal Defense Character Reference Letters
Ontario Court of Appeal DUI Judgments
Law Society of Upper Canada
ON Lawyer Name Search
ON Lawyer Referral
Legal Aid Ontario DUI Research
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