Impaired driving laws in Canada have become even more strict as police officers are no longer required to have a reasonable cause to ask for a breathalizer test. This has resulted in a lot more arrests for DUI, Impaired Driving, Driving while ability impaired, driving over .08 mg, care and control, and refusal to provide a breathe sample. There are over 80,000 convictions for driving related criminal offences across Canada each year.
Here is a recent article in the National Post regarding the stricter rules surrounding impaired driving:
Getting a DUI can be a huge financial burden for the person being charges as they must pay legal fees, fines, licence re-instatement fees, higher insurance premiums and then back on track or other driving remediation courses. In addition to the financial burden, there is a practical burden of not being able to drive for a period of time which can affect many people’s lives for work and family.
The emotional burden of having a criminal record can also take its toll not to mention the barriers to employment, volunteering and travel.
The good news is that it is possible to remove your criminal record for DUI, Impaired Driving and all of the other driving convictions as long as you have paid the fines and completed your punishment.
The process for obtaining a pardon or record suspension for a criminal offence like a DUI is complicated with over 12 steps. Pardons Canada helps thousands of people each year to obtain a pardon.