What happens after a drunk driving charge in Canada? It doesn’t matter what province you live in, the consequences of the morning after the night before can be harsh and long lasting.
A drunk driving charge doesn’t resolve immediately
When you make the decision to drink and drive and you’re caught doing it, you can expect that charge to follow you for quite some time. Depending on the province you’re in and the back up in the court system, you may not see a judge for months. During that time, you may have to wait with a suspended license and no light at the end of the tunnel.
The price you have to pay is steep
One of the main deterrents to drunk driving is the financial cost. Some offenders have paid out thousands upon thousands of dollars in fines and penalties. Once you’ve paid those fees, you’ll also have to maintain an ignition interlock device for a period of time.
If you’ve injured or killed someone
When you cause an impaired driving crash that injured or killed someone, you could be heading to jail. Having to go to jail means time away from work and your family, and having a stint in jail on your permanent record can affect your job prospects for the rest of your life. It could be even worse for you if you’ve always had a job that requires a driver’s license.
You’ll have to prove you aren’t drunk when you drive
In most provinces, someone who receives a drunk driving charge will be required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he or she drives. An ignition interlock is a device that attaches to your car, and if you blow into it and it registers alcohol on your breath, the car won’t start.
When you are part of an ignition interlock program in your province, you don’t get to take the device off until the program is over. You also have to maintain a clean record of breath samples; otherwise your program could be extended or your driving privileges could be suspended again.
You can return to a normal life after a drunk driving charge, but you have to accept that it could take a long time to get there. That’s why you need to think before you drink. If you’re wondering whether or not you’re too drunk to drive, the answer is yes. Find a sober driver, get home safely, and avoid the long-lasting fallout of a drunk driving charge on your record.