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Charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI)?
Why You Need to Call Jonathan Lapid Right Away

If you've been charged with impaired driving, there is no time to waste. By calling a qualified, licensed lawyer with expertise in DUI charges, you increase your chances of a favourable outcome and prepare yourself for the legal obligations that lie ahead.

1 - Knowledge is Power

The more you know, the better equipped you are to handle the situation. Are you aware of the fact that a first time impaired driving offence is subject to the following penalties?
  • Minimum fine of $1000
  • Minimum of one year driving prohibition
  • Dramatic increase in insurance premiums (likely 100-300% for a duration of 3-5 years)
  • Enrollment in a remedial program before your licence can be reinstated (approximate cost is $500)
  • Ignition interlock for a minimum of one year (which costs approximately $100 per month to rent)
  • A criminal record that can negatively affect your employment opportunities and lifestyle
When you speak to a Toronto criminal lawyer like Jonathan Lapid, you educate yourself on the penalties associated with your charge and learn which matters are most critical in the process.

2 - The Right to Appeal Your 90-Day Licence Suspension.

Those who receive a 90-day licence suspension for drinking and driving are often unaware of the fact that in some cases, they have a right to appeal. In such situations, you must be assessed immediately in order to determine whether or not you are eligible to have your licence reinstated right away.

3 - Know What Actions to Take

  • What are you supposed to do on your first day of court?
  • What should you say to your insurance company?
  • How do you handle yourself during your fingerprints and photograph appointment?

A lawyer with expertise in impaired driving cases can help you understand the legal system and prepare you for these situations. Throughout the duration of your case, it is critical that you know how to handle yourself so that your case is positively and not negatively affected by your actions.

4 - Delay

Section 11(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that any person charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable timeŁ. Some defendants abuse this right and make attempts to delay their trial in the hopes that eventually, it will be thrown out. This is poor form and may negatively affect your case. You put yourself in a much better position if you let the delays (which are common) occur on the courts side of the equation, not yours. Hiring a lawyer before you go to your first court appearance is vitally important in protecting your 11(b) rights.

5 - What Happened?

Verbally or in the form of a written statement, it is wise to record all relevant facts pertaining to your case quickly so that you do not forget a single occurrence. Remember, even those details you consider to be small and insignificant may be instrumental to your defence, and ultimately, your acquittal.

6 - If You Haven't Yet Been Charged

Before you speak to the police, make sure you call a Toronto impaired driving lawyer like Jonathan Lapid. Eventually, if you are charged and held, you may have bail options available and you need to be prepared for a bail hearing to determine your release. You will need advice on issues such as providing the police with a statement, hiring a lawyer, the role of Duty Counsel and the applicable surety rules necessary for bail. The right criminal lawyer advises and prepares you for all circumstances.

7 - Don't Panic

An impaired driving charge can be disconcerting and yet it is important that you remain calm and think clearly. A good lawyer can help you put everything into perspective and advise you on the best course of action. Most clients who leave the office of Jonathan Lapid feel a sense of relaxation and are ready to confidently face the necessary legal proceedings.

Waiting will only make matters worse.


For a concerned Ontario lawyer, contact me at 416 222 4324 for further information or to arrange your free consultation.

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    4950 Yonge Street. Suite 2225
    Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6K1

    Tel: 416 222 4324
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