Drinking and driving offences are among the most common charges laid by police; according to Statistics Canada, they make up more than 10% of all criminal charges, and over 50,000 trials across Canada each year. There are several reasons for this. One is the “zero tolerance” policies that governments and police departments have put in place in recent years. Another is that drinking and driving is an activity that cuts across all lines in society: socio-economic, cultural, and age.
The penalties for drinking and driving offences are severe. Even on a first offence, you will be convicted and burdened with a criminal record. Your driver’s licence will be automatically suspended for a year; and you will have to pay a fine of at least $1,000. In addition, your insurance rates will go up significantly. For second offences or higher, the minimum penalties include jail time.
Because these penalties are automatic minimum penalties, and because of the government’s zero-tolerance policies, there is little room for negotiation, and these cases tend to go to trial far more often than other cases. Very few people in society today can afford to have a criminal record, or to lose their licence for a year.
There are many driving offences this include :
- Dangerous Driving
- Impaired Driving
- Driving while disqualified or suspended
- Street Racing
- Over .08
- Failure or refusal to provide breath or blood sample
- Involuntary lapses of attention
- Criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of accident