The following are driving related criminal offences in Canada:
These are all offences under the Criminal Code of Canada and the laws are the same across Canada. Conviction of any of the above offences will result in a criminal conviction and a criminal record. A criminal record can impact your life by jeopardizing your career, limiting the number of jobs available to you and restricting the places you can travel outside of Canada.
- Impaired driving;
- Driving over 0.08 (when the concentration of alcohol in your blood exceeds 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood);
- Care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drug;
- Refusing to provide a sample;
- Failing to provide a sample;
- Dangerous driving and dangerous driving causing death.
What You Need to Know
The penalties for any of the above offences are severe. If you are convicted (or plead guilty) to impaired driving, driving over 0.08, care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired, refusing to provide a sample or failing to provide a sample you face a minimum $1,000 fine and a 1 year driving prohibition. If you are convicted of any of the above offences for a second time, you face a minimum 30 days in jail and a minimum 2 year driving prohibition. Any subsequent offence (your 3rd, 4th, etc, offence) you face a minimum jail sentence of 120 days and a 3 year driving prohibition.