Upon being arrested for impaired driving the driver receives immediate penalties of:
Impaired Driving Penalties
Impaired Driving Penalties – Upon Arrest
- 7 day vehicle seizure
- 90 day licence suspension
- no collision coverage in accidents
Further penalties include the cost of towing, storage of the vehicle for 7 days, and a license reinstatement fee. Where an accident has occurred and the driver arrested, the insurance will not pay to repair damages.
Impaired Driving Penalties – Upon Conviction
As well as these penalties, the accused is responsible for all costs for reinstatement fees, interlock devices, testing, and the Back on Track program.
Impaired Driving & Insurance
Insurance rates are dramatically affected for drivers convicted of impaired driving.
Where an accident has occurred the insurance will not pay for damages. The insurance will state that the driver broke the insurance agreement by operating a motor vehicle while impaired.
Many insurance companies will either cancel the policy or put the driver into high risk or facility insurance rates of over $10,000 for 5 to 10 years.
The cost of the insurance could be $50,000 over a five year period. This effect on the insurance rates is in itself a reason to fight the charges.
The effects on the insurance rates is in itself a reason to fight the charges…
- ninety (90) day licence suspension
- seven (7) day seizure of vehicle
- one year licence prohibition upon conviction
- cannot drive anything that is:
- pushed, pulled or driven,
- including boats and
- machinery and
- construction equipment
Once arrested the driver cannot operate anything that is pushed, pulled or driven by any type of engine, anywhere in Canada.
This includes using construction machinery or farm equipment.
Getting your Drivers Licence Back
Once convicted the Ministry of Transportation adds further impaired driving penalties.
To get the licence back:
- pay a reinstatement fee
- be tested for alcoholism
- complete “Back on Track program”
- install an ignition interlock device,
- have the machine inspected monthly
More information on driver licence suspensions >
** actual costs may have changed.
Financial Penalties of Impaired Driving
When charged with DUI many people realize that they cannot afford to just to plead guilty, as the costs are debilitating.
Impaired driving penalties are debilitating and have long term implications, usually affecting the ability to work and travel.
Conviction for can cost:
- ignition interlock device = $1,500
- monthly testing @ $130/month
- 12 months x $130 = $1,500
- Back on Track Program = $634
- licence suspension fees 2 x 281 = $562
- high risk insurance rates for 5 years
- $10,000/year x 5 years = $50,000
- total = $54,256
Where an accused pleads guilty a DUI charge, the conviction can cost over fifty thousand dollars not including any loss of employment and the effects of having a criminal record.
Where convicted of a second impaired charge the accused is subject to the following increased penalties:
- thirty day jail sentence
- 3 year license suspension
- fine to be determined by the judge
- judge may impose a period of probation
Any conviction for a DUI offence results in the driver receiving a criminal record for life.
If you are applying for a job, your employer may ask that you provide to them a criminal record check prior to deciding to hire you.
You can be refused entry into the United States or other countries due a criminal record. You also may be considered un-bondable and considered unsuitable for some types of jobs.
When arrested the police will photograph and take your fingerprints. These records are kept by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with the Canadian Police Information Centre and are available for review for all police agencies.
More on effects of a criminal record >
Retaining Charitsis Law to Defend You
Want legal advice or like to speak to a lawyer? The first step is to give us a call at 416-731-7113.
There is no fee or obligation to call and speak to us. The discussion is held with complete privacy and confidence with the lawyer.
During that phone call the lawyer will:
- listen to your case
- answer any questions you have
- review the documents the police gave you
- Please send any documents for review
- using the form at side of page
- Please send any documents for review
The lawyer will be able to give you an opinion about your case, and tell you:
- possible defences to the charge
- legal arguments in your case
- what you can do to help your case
- what the cost to defend the accusation would be
Where you decide to retain our services we will invite you to meet in our Toronto office or have a face to face Zoom online meeting.
In that meeting we’ll discuss the case in detail, plan your defence and arrange for the first court date.
We ask for a reasonable deposit upon retaining our services of 10 to 25 percent.