The consequences of being found guilty of an impaired driving offense are significant. You will not only face a sentence imposed by a judge but also the minimum sentence imposed by the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ). Be aware that each sanction varies depending on several factors such as blood alcohol level and the severity of the consequences
That is why doing business with our team of experienced lawyers would be a sure way to get transparent and reliable legal advice, and limit the scope of the conviction.
What constitutes an offense under the law
In Quebec, the Criminal Code and Highway Safety Code punish all offenses implicating a blood alcohol level over 0.08. Meaning a blood alcohol level over 80mg in 100ml of blood. Consuming drugs and medicine are also considerable by law.
Consequently, if the alcohol blood level is over the legal limit, your defense is not impossible. We also consider that every police officer, during the intervention, has different obligations to respect you and your rights. Not complying with these obligations could work in your favor and could even refute the charges against you.
The main consequences of a drinking and driving accusation
An impaired driving accusation conviction can be very costly. CAA Quebec has proved that a 24-year-old man can pay up to 6 200$ in fees following a violation of the law in this regard.
-Driving license suspension and seizure of vehicle
Effective immediately following your arrest, your drivers license is revoked for a minimum of 90 days and your car is immediately seized at your expense if no one is able to drive it.
−Alcohol ignition interlock device
Lasting around 4-6 years depending on your situation, an alcohol ignition interlock device takes into account not only the price of its installation, but also the increase in the costs of your insurance policy. The alcohol ignition interlock device is determined according to various criteria: age, intensity of the offense, consequences of driving, etc.
– Travel abroad
Some countries will prohibit you from obtaining any visa or even cross the borders. It is rare that after a first drunk driving intervention, a person with a criminal record linked to this arrest is denied access to other countries. However, it can still happen.
Several accidents caused by impaired driving have ended in the death or injury, major or minor, of a large number of people, innocent or involved. If this is your case, our experts will devote themselves to plead to defend your cause.
At MTL Tickets, we pay attention to each and every one of our cases and examine the evidence carefully and rigorously. By trusting our team of lawyers, you can rest assured that you will be adequately represented to defend you rights and minimize your penalty.