How does impaired driving affect the price of your insurance?

Driving while impaired is illegal. At the same time, some careless or reckless drivers still choose to drive while exceeding the legal limit of 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Besides criminal charges, how can drunk driving … Read More


Can voluntary intoxication be used as a defence?

In criminal law cases, the accused will sometimes mention that he or she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the events. However, although voluntary intoxication is a defence recognized under the Criminal Code, it … Read More


Youth and criminal justice: when a law encourages rehabilitation and reintegration

Have you ever wondered what happens to offenders under the age of 18? Whether you are a young person with a case pending before the Youth Court, or you are the parent of a youth with a case, this article … Read More


Romeo and Juliet: a story of love and sexual offence against a minor

Our story begins in the city of Montreal, in 2016 A.D. Juliet, then 13 years old, falls in love with Romeo, 18 years old. As their love story begins and is approved, in a rare instance, by their respective families, … Read More


What are the strangest sections of the Criminal Code?

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. It also marks the advent of several important legislative changes, such as the introduction of a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Finally, it marks the 125th anniversary of our … Read More


Impaired driving and the screening test

The screening test for impaired driving is a roadside test using a device called an Approved Screening Device (“ASD”) that a driver may be subjected to following the interception of his or her vehicle. For a police officer to order … Read More


How does a drug recognition expert’s evaluation work?

If your conduct raises suspicion, you may be assessed by an expert police officer trained in drug recognition. Under the law, the term “drug” used in drug-impaired driving is very broad. In impaired driving cases, this term includes not only … Read More


Reasons a police officer may ask you to pass a field sobriety test

If a police officer asks you to take a field sobriety test, there is likely a good reason. A mere whiff of alcohol on your breath is enough to give them reason to suspect the presence of alcohol in your … Read More


Is a random check by a police officer legal?

Have you ever been stopped by a police officer when you thought you were driving perfectly and your vehicle was in order? Whether it is a roadblock, a verification of your driver’s licence and proof of insurance, the physical condition … Read More


What is a charge of care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired?

The law prohibits the care and control of a vehicle while impaired, even if you are not driving it. Indeed, many people believe that sleeping in a vehicle while intoxicated is safe and not subject to criminal liability. Well, that’s … Read More