In Canada, it is a criminal offence to drive impaired. One can be impaired by alcohol or drugs, including prescription medication. It is also an offence to be driving with over 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. This legal limit is sometimes referred to as Over 80. As far as drugs go, if one is suspected of being impaired by drugs then an officer can request that a person undergo a drug evaluation by a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). The charge of Impairment by drug is becoming increasingly more prevalent in today’s society including prescription medications. A related charge to these offences is also failure to provide a breath sample or failing to comply with a DRE for evaluation. Drinking and driving is a serious criminal offence in Ontario and a conviction for impaired driving will result in a permanent criminal record. The law on drinking and driving also underwent many changes that make it much easier for the prosecution to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are charged with Impaired Driving or Over 80, please contact Baratz Law to schedule a free confidential consultation.
Avi Baratz represents Accused Persons charged with Impaired Driving and Over 80 charges throughout Brampton, the Greater Toronto Area, and Southern Ontario. He is an experienced impaired driving lawyer in these types of cases. See FAQs below.
If you are prescribed medication you should always read the warnings labels and/or speak to your medical practitioner before you operate a motor vehicle as
A common question that we get from clients is, can I be arrested for a DUI, otherwise known as impaired driving, after taking prescription medications?
These offences are related but different. They all involve DUI related charges – driving under the influence. The charge of “Over 80” simply means that