What Are the Penalties for DUI and Impaired Driving in Ontario?

Alexander Karapancev

Alexander Karapancev

Impaired driving is viewed as a serious offence in Canada, and the penalties for being charged and convicted of DUI offences can be high. This article will explain the typical ranges of penalties for these types of offences. 

In recent years, there has been a major evolution in drunk driving laws. Recent revisions to the Criminal Code have made it easier for the Crown to secure convictions. The consequences of a conviction have also been increased. The technical nature of drunk driving charges makes it necessary to retain attorneys that have a great deal of experience in this field.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a DUI, do not hesitate to contact our firm

Penalties for first a DUI offence

The following are penalties that apply on being charged:

  • immediate roadside suspension for 90 days; 
  • car impoundment for 7 days; and
  • a $550 fine

The following are penalties that apply on being convicted:

  • A mandatory $1000 minimum fine if your blood alcohol level is between 80 and 119 milligrammes; 
  • A minimum fine of $1500 is required if your blood alcohol level is between 120 and 159 milligrammes;
  •  A minimum fine of $2000 is required if your blood alcohol level is 160 mg or higher;
  •  Ten years in prison is the maximum jail sentence;
  • A criminal record;
  • A minimum one-year suspension of your licence;
  • You must pay for and attend a required educational or treatment programme. 
  • a one-year minimum requirement of using an ignition interlock device. The device must be installed at your own expense.

Penalties for a Second DUI offence

The following are penalties that apply on being charged:

  • immediate roadside suspension for 90 days; 
  • car impoundment for 7 days; and
  • a $550 fine

The following are penalties that apply on being convicted:

  • A mandatory jail sentence of a minimum 30 days;
  • Ten years in prison is the maximum jail sentence;
  • A criminal record;
  • A minimum three-year suspension of your licence;
  • You must pay for and attend a a required educational or treatment programme. 
  • a three-year minimum requirement of using an ignition interlock device. The device must be installed at your own expense.
  • in order to determine whether you satisfy the requirements for driving in Ontario, you must undergo a mandatory medical evaluation

Penalties for a Third DUI offence

The following are penalties that apply on being charged:

  • immediate roadside suspension for 90 days; 
  • car impoundment for 7 days;
  • A six-month Ignition Interlock requirement at your expense; and
  • a $550 fine

The following are penalties that apply on being convicted:

  • A lifetime driving licence suspension;
  • A mandatory jail sentence of a minimum 120 days;
  • Ten years in prison is the maximum jail sentence;
  • A criminal record;
  • You must pay for and attend a required educational or treatment programme. 
  • a six-year minimum requirement of using an ignition interlock device. The device must be installed at your own expense.
  • in order to determine whether you satisfy the requirements for driving in Ontario, you must undergo a mandatory medical evaluation

Fight your DUI Case 

Given the serious penalties and costs that come with being found guilty of a DUI, many individuals choose to fight their charges. We have experience defending DUI charges, including those involving impaired driving, refusing a breath test, and driving Over 80. It is crucial to retain legal counsel as quickly as you can after being charged to improve your chances of succeeding in your case. You can reach Karapancev Law by phone or through our website to address any DUI case. We have experience defending people in cases involving DUIs in Toronto, Newmarket, Oshawa, and across the province of Ontario.

Alexander Karapancev

Alexander Karapancev

Alexander Karapancev is a Toronto criminal lawyer practicing throughout the province of Ontario. He regularly serves as lead trial counsel on serious and complex criminal cases. He is the founder of Karapancev Law, a law firm representing clients facing criminal charges, regulatory offences, and professional discipline proceedings.

Mr. Karapancev has acted as counsel in hundreds of cases throughout the province of Ontario, regularly representing clients at trials, applications, bail hearings and preliminary inquiries. He is regularly retained to defend individuals charged with serious allegations of fraud, drug trafficking, DUI offences, domestic assault, and sexual assault. Prior to founding his law firm, Mr. Karapancev practiced criminal defence at a boutique Toronto law firm and also served as a per diem Crown prosecutor.

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