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You can trust our Toronto DUI lawyers to guide and advise you what to do. We understand you’re relying on us to defend your character, rights and to protect your future. When you work with us, we’ll explain our part, your part and work together.
Don’t settle for a duty counsel
Duty counsel is necessary in the legal system, but doesn’t provide a full defence for the client with a DUI allegation. Duty counsel works for the government that is prosecuting the case, and there’s always a question of how hard they are working to counsel you. An impaired driving or DUI charge is a crime without an obvious victim, especially in cases where there was no accident. Duty counsel regularly work in one specific court and can become an ally of the prosecution and court officers. Never accept duty counsel for a criminal charge if there is any other option for legal representation.
Anyone in the city of Toronto who is facing criminal charges should contact our dui lawyers for a professional and thorough discussion of your charges. We understand the court system and always represent our clients aggressively, including the willingness to take a case to trial. We understand how to prepare and present a strong defence for drinking and driving charges and have a track record of proven success, helping our clients win, and avoiding criminal records and licence suspensions. Let us help you advocate for you and defend your legal rights.
What happens after someone is arrested?
DUI arrests are made when a police officer either has witnessed drinking and driving or has reasonable and probable grounds to believe an offence has been committed. Once arrested, the accused may be released on a promise to appear in court or be taken by the police officer into custody for a bail hearing. The accused will be fingerprinted and photographed. The accused will be required to answer a series of personal questions and will then be placed in a holding cell. The police must give the accused reasonable phone calls and be allowed speak to a criminal defence lawyer of their choosing or to duty counsel.
Where the accused is not released on a “Promise to Appear” the accused will be given a court hearing within 48 hours of being placed in custody. The suspect will be allowed to meet with their defence lawyer before the bail hearing takes place.
When the suspect is taken into court, the court will inform the judge of the crime they are being charged with, and will ask the accused to enter a plea. The accused can either tell the judge that they are guilty or not guilty. The accused should consult their DUI lawyer about which plea to enter before the hearing begins. The judge will then review the case to see if the accused should be released from custody pending the trial date.
A guilty plea is an admission of guilt, and the accused will be responsible for the penalties of the crime. A plea of not guilty means the crown attorney must prove the facts of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt to the judge at trial. Any witnesses must appear on the trial date to give evidence.
Most criminal proceedings including DUI and drinking and driving offences will appear before a provincial court judge, without a jury and the judge will decide the outcome.
Where after the trial the accused is found not guilty, they will be allowed to go free. If the accused is found guilty, or if the accused pleaded guilty, a sentencing hearing will be held immediately unless deferred by the court. At sentencing, the judge will listen to submissions from both the defence lawyer and the crown attorney regarding the accused, including any past criminal record and background in deciding a penalty.
Many dui criminal charges including impaired driving and dangerous driving have mandatory penalties like license suspensions that the judge has no control over.
At the sentencing hearing the judge may want to hear the opinions of the accused’s friends and family, or from any victims of the crime. The judge will then decide a penalty based on sentencing requirements and the evidence provided.