Jonathan Lapid

DUI Lawyer

Mississauga DUI - What Am I Supposed To Do Now?

If you’ve recently been charged with a DUI by a police officer, you’ll want to consult with a DUI lawyer as soon as you can. Jonathan Lapid is one such Mississauga DUI lawyer that you’ll want to get in contact with before things go from bad to worse. Not everyone is perfect, and getting a DUI is just one of those things in life that people mistakenly get.

DUI And DWI – What Are They?

No matter what type of vehicle you’re driving, you can be charged with a DUI or DWI if you’re operating it while under the influence. Some vehicles that you can get a DUI while operating are:

  • A truck or car
  • Boat
  • Snowmobile
  • Motorcycle

Explaining Types of DUI Charges

Types of DUI charges

  • Impaired Driving – being inebriated by drugs (legal or illegal) while operating a vehicle
  • Having 80+ mgs of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood while behind the wheel
  • Refusal to provide a breath sample
  • Impaired care or control

Exhibiting traditional indicia (i.e. indicators) of impairment are at the centre of strictly impaired driving prosecutions.

The most prevalent indicators are:

1. the smell of alcohol

2. slurred speech

3. poor balance

4. bad driving

These are confusing cases because of the abundance of impaired driving definitions in the criminal code.

The wide-ranging umbrella of these types of DUI charges means there are several facets involved in each individual case. You should never, under any circumstance, plead guilty. This way, you won’t limit your options.

Section 253 (1)(b) of the Criminal Code dictates that you’re prohibited to drive with over 80mgs in 100mls of blood, by law. There must be two separate breath samples taken, at least 15 minutes apart at the police stations. The lower of the two must show an alcohol concentration over 80mgs.

The Crown struggles to prove Over 80 charges, making it essential to hire an attorney if you’re facing such a charge.

In order for the Crown to successfully convict you for ‘refusing or failing to comply with a breath demand’, they have to prove a driver’s said refusal/failure was ‘final and equivocal’.
A couple of common examples of this infraction are simply saying ‘no’ or pretending to blow in the contraption. The court might be able to prove without a doubt that you did this, but even then, you have options such as ‘having a reasonable excuse’. These options have led to many successful defences in the past.

What Are Some Consequences Of A DUI?

Being charged with a DUI can have serious lifelong consequences that will wreak havoc in your life, and for that reason, you’ll need the help of Jonathan Lapid to have a better chance of getting off the hook. People are innocent until they are proven guilty. Some consequences associated with a DUI are:

  • A criminal record
  • You could possibly lose your job
  • You’ll lose your license
  • You’ll face jail time
  • You’ll have to pay fines
  • Your insurance premiums will go up
  • You’ll have trouble immigrating to certain countries and gaining citizenship
  • You’ll have issues navigating your career
  • You won’t be able to travel to some countries, like the U.S.
  • Your conviction could be reported publicly

A DUI is a big mistake, and you don’t want to be sitting around meddling your thumbs together and thinking you’ll be saving money by not getting a DUI lawyer. A DUI lawyer does this for a living, and the chances are much higher that the charges could be less or dropped if your lawyer is able to find some flaws in the case.

DUI is a Criminal Offence

There is No Time to Waste if You Are Charged With a DUI

One mistake isn’t worth a lifetime of headaches. But your first DUI can really impact your criminal record, take a toll on your finances, and really hinder your employment.

Get an Honest Opinion About Your Case

One mistake isn’t worth a lifetime of headaches. But your first DUI can really impact your criminal history, take a toll on your finances, and really hinder your employment.

The Advantages of Speaking with
Jonathan Lapid

  • One of the Highest Success Rates
  • Free Initial Honest Case Assessment
  • Reasonable Fees With No Hidden Costs

  • Successfully Defended Hundreds of Clients
  • Criminal Lawyers Rely on Him for DUI Advice
  • Jonathan Himself Has 25 Years of Experience

Do You Have Questions Regarding a DUI or DWI?
Check Out This Insightful FAQ

What’s the difference between a DUI and a DWI?

To put the two offences into perspectives, you must first understand that they are both acronyms. “DUI” stands for “Driving Under the Influence”, and “DWI” stands for “Driving While Impaired” OR “Driving While Intoxicated”. Although the two are very similar, they are different. Canada has a set Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) threshold that you cannot pass. This value has been set to 0.08 by the Federal Government. If you surpass this threshold, you are to be charged with a DUI upon proper sobriety testing. A DWI on the other hand, can be handed out without passing Canada’s BAC. The important detail to pay attention to here is impairment. If you’re impaired to the point of putting the general public in danger, you will be charged with a DWI. This means that you can be under the BAC threshold, and still be charged. This charge is largely up to the discretion of the officer on scene. It’s very important to note that if you’re above the BAC, and are not impaired, you will still be charged with a DUI, as stated in Federal law.

As a first offender, what will my punishment and/or sentencing look like?

As a first time offender and recipient of a DUI and/or DWI, you will be subject to an array of punishments. The first being a $1,000 fine. This fine is only applicable when the party charged is registered above the BAC. If you are charged with a DWI, meaning below the BAC, you may be facing a charge of up to $250. Upon receiving a DUI or DWI, you may be subject to up to 30 days in jail. This punishment is largely up to the discretion of the presiding judge as well as the crown lawyers. Lastly, your license may be suspended or revoked. Details surrounding the final punishment possibility are once again to be determined by the judge and crown lawyers. A DUI without causing harm will provide a lenient sentencing, where as a DUI with harm caused could land you in prison for years. The discretion of the presiding judge is once again relevant to this particular situation.

If I get a DUI, am I facing possible jail time?

Yes, first time offenders are facing the possibility of up to 30 days in jail. For second time offenders, you are facing up to 60 days, and for third time offenders, 120 days. These details are largely related to those who commit offences without harming or injuring anyone. For offences that include damage or bodily harm to others, the sentencing is likely to be as high as 10 years in jail or prison. Jail and prison time sentencing is largely up to the discretion of the crown lawyers and the presiding judge. Although the possibility looms, it is not certain that you will be sent to jail or prison.

How long will a DUI remain on my record?

A DUI or DWI charge will remain on a person’s record until a pardon is obtained. A pardon from the Federal government can be obtained five years after the initial charge, or after your jail time sentence is carried out. It’s important to note that many people start the pardon process early. You will be required to fill out a pardon application, which may take up to a year to compile. Once you’ve compiled this application, ensure that it is perfect and pristine. Applying a second time is very difficult to do, and will cost you valuable time and effort.

Do I need to hire a lawyer if I’ve received a DUI charge?

The answer depends on your specific situation. If your BAC wasn’t all that higher than the threshold, and you’re planning on pleading guilty, a lawyer won’t be able to help all that much. However, if your BAC was incredibly high, or you injured yourself or someone else while under the influence, hire a lawyer immediately. When situations like this occur, the crown lawyers will often push for harder sentencing. Also, if you have evidence that may alleviate some of your punishment, or acquit you completely, hire a lawyer immediately. Looking for a fantastic dui lawyer to fight your DUI charge? Hire Jonathan Lapid today! He’s experienced, caring, and incredibly insightful. You will be his number one priority, and nobody and nothing will change that. Let Jonathan Lapid win your case. Call today for a free consultation, no strings attached!

How long will I go without a license if I receive a DUI?

If you are a first time offender, you may have your license suspended for up to 1 year. If you’re a second time offender, your license may be suspended for 1 to 5 years. If you’re a third time offender, you’re looking at a virtually certain lifetime suspension. In order to get your license back sooner than originally sentenced, you’ll need to partake in various educational courses in regards to driving. You may have to retake your drivers examine (by redoing the graduated G license process), however, the wait times in between each phase will likely be reduced drastically. Are you facing a license suspension? Have you received a DUI? Perhaps Jonathan Lapid can help you out! Jonathan is an experienced Canadian lawyer who’ll fight for your right to drive. Everyone deserves a second chance. Johnathan is devoted to maintaining his client’s happiness, even if that means sacrificing his valuable time to fight your battle. Call Johnathan Lapid today for a free consultation, free of charge!

How many drinks does it take to pass the BAC threshold?

The answer to this question is quite dynamic, for several factors come into play. Firstly, your body mass is incredibly important. Obviously a 250 pound man will need far more alcohol than a 130 pound woman. Also, the type of drink you are ingesting is incredibly relevant. For example, a glass of wine won’t have the same alcohol level as a beer. Different types of beer contain different amounts of alcohol. Another factor when it comes to passing the threshold is how much you’ve had to eat before hand. For example, if you’re drinking on an empty stomach, the alcohol will enter your bloodstream at a far faster rate than after having eaten. A full stomach is bound to reduce the amount of alcohol absorbed into your bloodstream. As you can tell, the answer to this question is very dynamic, and relies on the factors on display.

Jonathan Lapid - DUI Industry Leader

If you’re having a difficult time navigating your DUI and really need a lawyer’s assistance to help you through your case, you’ll want to contact Jonathan Lapid as soon as you can. No one wants to be going through a situation like this alone, and with a success rate of serving DUI clients as high as his, you’ll face much higher chances than trying to go through things alone.

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Everyone makes mistakes at some point in life, and a DUI is one mistake that you’ll want a professional lawyer to help you through. With Jonathan Lapid, you’re getting a lawyer with over a quarter of a century of experience. One police officer in Brampton was going through a DUI conviction and required a DUI lawyer to help him through it. The police officer contacted Jonathan and Jonathan asked the officer how he got his name. The officer said that he got his name after questioning a couple of his other cop friends who they keep on losing to in court, and Jonathan was the lawyer.

Jonathan has represented many different types of people in many different career paths:

  • Olympic athlete
  • NHL player
  • Police officers
  • Lawyers
  • Doctors
  • Senior executives
  • Pilots
  • Flight attendants
  • Limo drivers
  • Factory workers

No matter who you are or what walk of life you come from, getting a reputable lawyer like Jonathan Lapid is the first step you’ll want to take to get through your DUI case.

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    Give Us a Call to Get The Defence You Deserve

    4950 Yonge Street, Suite 2225, Toronto, ON M2N 6K1

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    You made a mistake. You’ve been charged. But it’s far from over.

    Fill the form below to get an honest review of your case.