Ottawa Lawyers for Impaired Driving Defence
Protecting Your Rights and Driving Privileges
Impaired driving is a separate charge from driving “over 80,” though a person may be charged with both offences depending on the circumstances of the traffic stop. Being charged with either, however, carries significant penalties that could impact your driving privileges and potentially your freedom.
Before pleading guilty to an impaired driving offence, you should speak with an experienced criminal defence lawyer. Bayne Sellar Ertel Macrae aggressively defends clients charged with all types of driving-related offences in Ottawa and throughout eastern Ontario. The firm’s lawyers have more than 150 years of combined experience to protect your rights and freedom.
Building a Strong Defence Against Impaired Driving Charges
You may be stopped for suspected impaired driving if you are reported driving erratically or dangerously due to the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such behaviour could include weaving between the lines, making sudden turns, excessively speeding up and slowing down and other manoeuvres which indicate impairment. Once stopped, you may be subject to field sobriety tests, which may include checking for slurred speech or the inability to stand up or walk a straight line when asked to do so.
It is important to note that you do not need to be driving over 80 to be charged with impaired driving. You could have a lower blood-alcohol content and still be criminally charged.
Defence against impaired driving charges can quickly become technical and complex. Bayne Sellar Ertel Macrae has the expertise and the resources to help you build a strong defence. Your lawyer will examine all the facts and potential legal issues involved in your case. Where appropriate, he or she will engage toxicology experts and other specialists to verify or challenge the results of a blood sample or breath test.