The consequences of a conviction for impaired driving and related offences are extremely serious and long lasting:
- You get a criminal record which will stay with you for the rest of your life unless you can apply for and receive a pardon;
- You will receive a stiff fine and possibly go to jail if you have a prior conviction for impaired driving or a related offence;
- You will lose your driving license for at least one year and possibly longer;
- Your automobile insurance rates will skyrocket and could cost you $10,000.00 or more per year for at least three years once your insurance company becomes aware of your conviction;
- You may be refused entry into the United States and other countries because of your criminal record;
You may lose your job if your employment requires the operation of any motorized vehicle, which includes aircraft and boats.
Given the seriousness of the consequences of a conviction for impaired driving and related offences, you should never plead “Guilty” to these charges without first discussing your case with a lawyer who has experience in defending against these serious criminal charges.