Protecting Your Rights, Your Driving Privileges and Your Reputation
Being convicted of driving "over 80" - that is, driving with over 80 mg per 100 mL of alcohol in your system - carries serious consequences, even for first-time offenders. Penalties include the immediate suspension of your driver's license for 90 days upon blowing over 80, and a one-year suspension upon conviction of the offence. You may also receive a heavy fine. Conviction also gives you a criminal record, which could impact future employment opportunities and other aspects your life, which could pose more permanent problems than any initial criminal penalties.
Despite these potential outcomes, it is important to remember that being charged with driving over 80 does not mean you are automatically guilty of it. The experienced Ottawa criminal defence lawyers of Bayne Sellar Ertel Carter have defended hundreds of clients against all types of driving-related offences. They have the resources, expertise and dedication to protect your rights, and thereby your reputation.
Defence Against Drunk Driving Charges
Many individuals charged with driving over 80 or impaired driving have never been exposed to the criminal justice system before, so it is even more important to seek out good counsel right away. The lawyers of Bayne Sellar Ertel Carter know all the technical defences that may be available to fight against the charges you face. Such defences include examining whether:
- Police had reasonable suspicion to stop you
- Breath test machines were properly calibrated
- Breath test results were accurate
- Your Charter rights were upheld
- Other factors which may have affected your driving or behaviour
When appropriate, the firm will engage the services of expert toxicologists and other specialists to assist in analysis and investigation of your case. As a client, you can be assured of receiving the thorough and assertive representation you need to protect your rights and freedom.
Experienced Criminal Defence in Eastern Ontario, Including Perth: Lawyers for Breath Test Refusal and Related Over 80 Charges
If you are charged with drunk or impaired driving, know that there may be defences available to fight conviction. Contact Bayne Sellar Ertel Carter by calling 613-604-2188 locally or 1-877-786-4479 toll free. We have a 24-hour phone service so someone will be available to take your call.
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