DUI = Bad Idea
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – DUI Canada
Have you ever been hit by a drunk driver? In Canada 578 drunken collisions occur every day. Not all are serious but some are. You should hope it never happens to you.
DUI Canada- What Does It Mean?
Since drunken collisions occur so often it follows that you probably know someone who has been charged with a DUI offence. If you are reading this post there is a good chance it’s happened to you. Â If so you will want to know where you stand.
DUI is a criminal offence that comes with a criminal record and it will negatively affect your life. Of course, when it comes to drunk driving a criminal record can often be the least of your worries. You will lose your license for a minimum of 1 year and you will likely face a hefty fine. You will also need to wait a minimum of 1 year before becoming eligible for a pardon.
What Doesn’t Happen?
Contrary to popular belief, having one driving under the influence or related offence will not make you unable to travel to the United States. Â You can cross the border freely into the States with one impaired charge. If you have more than a single offence things get complicated.
Next to employment travel is often the first thing people worry about when they have a criminal record. But the truth is with a single DUI charge American law says you can you still cross the border legally. So don’t go and cancel
that trip to Vegas.
What Else Do I need To Know?
If the United States doesn’t care about your DUI charge who does? Canadian employers, universities, and charity/volunteer organizations will certainly care. A criminal record check is now required routinely in Canada from these organizations. Â Whether it’s for a job or volunteering for your son’s baseball team, criminal record checks are becoming the norm.
Often a clear record is a requirement, and if it’s not, unfortunately it might influence someone before they know how qualified you really are.
DUI Canada- What To Do?
Don’t wait until you need a pardon. Be proactive and start the process now. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. We offer FREE consultations, and we’re here toÂ help!
Counsellor – National Pardon Centre
416.477.1110 x 240