Currently, the new Ontario impaired driving penalties for a first offence are:
A fine increased to $1000.00 from $600.00; 30 days in jail instead of 14 days on a second offence; 120 days in jail instead of 90 days on a third offence.
There are a number of other consequences too:
The installation of the Ignition Interlock Device for between 9 months and a lifetime, depending on the number of prior convictions and the date of each sentencting; Being required to attend the Ministry of Transportation “Back on Track” assessment or the assessment and the Educational or Treatment Programs; Massive insurance increases; A criminal record which may limit your employment prospects; Your ability to travel internationally could be affected; Your automobile could be seized and sold by the police; Possible immigration-citizenship consequences.
Other Ontario Impaired Driving Penalties
Further fines, victim fine surcharges, probation, weapons prohibitions, DNA orders, increased insurance and many other penalties are possible in addition to the basic fines and driver’s licence suspensions. The sooner we act the more we control the damage.
The consequences of driving impaired in Ontario are very serious. As well, Ontario’s drinking and driving laws are becoming progressively stricter. For example, in Ontario, a fully licenced driver will receive an immediate roadside licence suspension of three, seven or 30 days if he or she refuses to submit to a breath test or if during the breath test a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.05 or more is recorded.
Drivers under the age of 21 years and novice drivers, who are not fully licenced, are allowed no alcohol what-so-ever in their systems. If caught with any alcohol in their blood, these drivers would get an immediate 24-hour roadside licence suspension and then if convicted, the fully licenced driver who is 21 or under could receive a fine of up to $500 and a 30 day licence suspension. In addition to fines and potential jail time, a novice driver with an impaired driving conviction would also have his or her licence suspended and be required to return to the start of the Graduated Licence System.
The Province of Ontario has instituted automatic roadside licence suspensions that immediately remove suspected impaired drivers from the roads. Immediate roadside suspensions are also intended to act as a deterrent, in the hope that they will discourage drivers who have been caught drinking and driving from ever re-offending again. If a driver with a prior licence suspension should get caught again with a BAC in the ‘warn range’, i.e., a BAC of 0.05 to 0.08, the police can immediately suspended the impaired driver’s licence for seven days. For a third or subsequent occurrence of being caught driving with a BAC in the warn range, the offending driver’s licence will be immediately suspended for 30 days.
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a ‘Warn Range’ 0.05 to 0.08 BAC
- First offence:
3 day licence suspension Administrative Monetary Penalty of $150
Second offence: (within a 5 year period)
7 day licence suspension Administrative Monetary Penalty of $150 Mandatory participation in Alcohol Education Program
Third offence: (within a 5 year period)
30 day licence suspension Administrative Monetary Penalty of $150 Mandatory participation in Alcohol Education Program 6 month Ignition Interlock licence conditionFourth and subsequent offences: (within a 5 year period)
30 day licence suspension Administrative Monetary Penalty of $150 Mandatory participation in Alcohol Education Program 6 month Ignition Interlock licence condition Mandatory medical evaluation
Ignition Interlock Program
If you are a first-time offender charged with impaired driving or over 80, and there are no drugs involved or no aggravating circumstances, you may be eligible to get a licence suspension of less than one year allowing you to drive with the Ignition Interlock device instead. You MUST plead guilty and be sentenced within 89 days of being charged and the appropriate arrangements must be made ahead of time to qualify for this new program. Ignition Interlock device licence conditions also apply if you are caught driving with a ‘Warn Range’ 0.05 to 0.08 BAC three or more times.
The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario does not recognize pardons. Therefore, despite having received a pardon for a previous drinking and driving offence, you will receive the same driving suspension as if you had not received a pardon. This can result in devastating consequences.
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All traffic ticket violations and Provincial offence summons are dealt within the Provincial court locations in Ontario. We have been providing legal services to all of Ontario in the GTA area for over 15 years.
Highway Traffic Act charges such as speeding or traffic violations;
Municipal by-law charges relating to excessive noise, animal control, or garbage disposal;
Charges laid under provincial legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act or the Trespass to Property Act.