Hamilton Drinking and Driving Defence Lawyers

Recent changes in legislation may encourage those charged with drunk driving to plead guilty for a modest punishment. While this may seem like an appealing option, at Dean D. Paquette & Associate, we advise you to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer before agreeing to plead guilty. You should know what all of your legal options are before making any decisions.

Southern Ontario Drinking and Driving Charges Lawyers

Sometimes, a drunk driving offence is combined with another charge. For example, if drinking and driving resulted in serious bodily harm or a death, or if the police found drugs in your car, the charges and associated penalties will increase. In these more serious cases, it is even more important to hire an experienced criminal defence lawyer.

At Dean D. Paquette & Associate, we will protect your rights, examine the evidence and build a defence in your favour based on the facts and circumstances of the incident. Alcohol and driving can lead to a number of criminal offences, including:

  • Drinking and driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • Impaired driving causing death
  • Refusing breath sample/approved screening device
  • Criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle
  • Driving while impaired by drugs

There are many inconvenient and expensive penalties for drinking and driving. Some of these include hefty fines, the loss of your driver's licence, probation, a criminal record, increased auto insurance rates and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device that must be paid for by you. If your blood alcohol level was over 80 ppm, you face enhanced penalties. If your job involves driving, you may lose your commercial driver's licence (CDL) and your livelihood.

To find out your options and learn about possible defences for a drunk driving offence, contact our Hamilton drinking and driving defence lawyers toll free at 1-877-351-6911.