British Columbia has a decriminalized option for impaired driving. Sounds like a good idea? Not really. Criminal Code sentences are imposed by the police officer at the roadside. Fail a roadside screening and instead of having it confirmed by a more accurate breathalyzer and being entitled to a trial the cop will impound your vehicle for 30 days, impose a $500 fine and prohibit you from driving for 90 days. To get your license back, after paying $680 to get your car back, you will have to pay $250 re-instatement fee, take a Responsible Driver Program ($996) and install an ignition interlock device ($1,700). No trial. The Officer is now investigator, detainer, fact finder, judge, jury and instant executioner. Expect this to come to Ontario if the Supreme Court doesn’t strike this down.
- UNINTENDED IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES OF INCREASING THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING TO 10 YEARS.
- The status of mandatory minimum sentences in Canada.
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- TELL THE TRUTH OR NO? – Look, I simply repost this as a PSA. Blair’s advice to tell the truth about pot at the border is ‘dangerous,’ U.S. lawyer warns
- CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS AND NON-CONVICTION RECORDS – Finally, after almost 2 years we’ll have the protection people need from mere allegations made to the police.