Jonathan Lapid

DUI Lawyer

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

Jonathan Lapid, DUI Lawyer - North York, Ontario

Got your first DUI charge in North York after a night of partying? Are you worried about what is going to happen next? Have no fear. Jonathan Lapid, an experienced DUI Lawyer, is here to help you navigate all the legalities of what happens after you get caught driving impaired or under the influence.

It’s so easy to say you won’t drink and drive. But it’s not easy when you think that you can handle the consequences alone. Once you get your first DUI, it will take a hit on your criminal history, finances, and your employment. But that is not all that is affected. You can lose your driver’s license, get a massive increase in your insurance premiums, and you will have trouble visiting some countries if you have a DUI record. If you get Jonathan Lapid on your side, he will help you navigate the laws against drunk or high driving. You don’t have to go through the charges alone.

You know that with every mistake, there are going to be consequences. If you drink or do drugs and you step into a car, a boat, or any vehicle, those choices can be life-changing forever. And it’s not just you that all of this would impact, but your family, and in more severe cases, the victim’s family as well.

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 The Consequences Of A DUI?

Being charged with a DUI in Brampton is a serious offence, and if you’ve already had a prior DUI conviction in the past, the penalties and punishment for the DUI will be much more severe.

There are a variety of consequences associated with a DUI, but you should still know that you’re considered to be innocent until you’re found guilty.

  • Criminal Record
  • Loss of job and driver’s licence
  • Jail time, hefty fines, and probation
  • A dramatic increase in insurance premiums
  • Will be difficult to immigrate and apply for citizenship
  • You’ll be ineligible for certain career paths
  • Won’t be able to visit certain countries (such as the U.S.)
  • Might have conviction reported publicly

And let’s not forget that it’s not just drinking and driving in a car. You can get your first DUI or DWI while operating a boat, a snowmobile, or even a motorcycle. Yet, the same rules apply no matter what you drive.

If you hire Jonathan Lapid as your lawyer, he would be stringent when he cross-examines people to prove reliability in any impaired driving testimony. He would help fight your case even if you refused to do a breath sample.

If you are still not sure, here are some of the advantages of hiring Jonathan Lapid as your DUI/DWI Lawyer:

  • The highest success rate of any lawyer
  • Successfully defended hundreds of clients
  • He gives you a free honest case assessment
  • No hidden costs
  • He has over 25 years of experience

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

The law gets a little bit more complicated now that cannabis is legal in Canada, and you can still be charged with impaired driving if the police caught you with weed or the smell of it. Why is that? When you smoke marijuana, it takes a couple of hours for the drug to get out of your system before you even think about driving somewhere. Driving high, no matter if a drug is legal or illegal, is still unacceptable. Police will stop you and they have the right to give you an oral fluids test. This test usually involves blood and/or urine samples. And a cop can even use the old fashion smell test to know that you have been taking cannabis.

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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