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Offers of Pleas to Careless Driving Being Phased Out

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Generally speaking, there is little room for plea bargaining when you’re facing a charge of over 80 or impaired driving.  In most cases this means that you’re being offered nothing for foregoing your right to a trial and pleading guilty to an impaired driving or over 80 charge.  The law sets out mandatory minimum sentences and the Crown Offices generally have a strict policy against reducing impaired driving and over 80 charges in exchange for a guilty plea.  Therefore, in ...

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You could lose your licence even if you’re not over the legal limit.

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3 Day Suspension for a Warn or Alert Range

In Ontario, if you’re stopped by the police and breath tested, you may find yourself facing consequences even if you blow below the legal limit. That’s right. If you blow below the legal limit but the roadside machine displays a reading in the ‘warn’ or ‘alert’ range, though you likely won’t be charged with a drinking or driving offence (such as impaired driving or over 80), you will ...

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Understanding Ontario’s Drinking & Driving Laws

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What’s the difference between ‘impaired driving’ and ‘over 80’?  If I’m not actually driving, can I still be charged with a ‘drinking and driving’ offence?  What are the consequences of being found guilty of ‘drinking and driving’?  Is this really a criminal offence?  These are the types of questions that a person will start to ask once he or she been charged with a ‘drinking and driving’ offence.  There are many misconceptions out there amongst the general public ...

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