DUI, Impaired Driving, Drunk Driving, Care and Control, Refusal to provide a breath sample, are among the most common criminal convictions in Canada. There are over 80,000 DUI convictions in Canada each year.
Some incidents are more severe than others ranging from if an accident was involved and people were injured to a roadside breathalizer test.
Regardless of the circumstance, once you are convicted of a DUI then you have a criminal record. Having a criminal record can create obstacle for employment and travel. Also, the emotional burden of having a criminal record can take its toll. People ultimately crave freedom in their lives and having a criminal record will limit your freedom.
You are eligible to apply for a pardon or record suspension for the DUI conviction once you have paid the fine and have stayed out of trouble for a prescribed amount of time. It is OK to start your file early as the process of gathering the important paperwork can take time.
The good news is that as long as you have paid your fine and have stayed out of trouble you will get the pardon or record suspension and then regain your freedom filled with hope and optimism for a brighter future.