Criminal Code Impaired Driving Convictions & Resulting Suspensions

You will receive a one-year licence suspension the first time you are convicted of a Criminal Code offence. Subsequent offences increase substantially to a lifetime ban from driving. Convictions will remain on your driver’s record for a minimum of 10 years.
Your licence will be suspended if you are convicted of any of the following Criminal Code offences:
· Driving or having care and control of a vehicle, including boats, when your BAC is more than 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood (.08)
· Refusing to submit to a breath test for alcohol
· Failing or refusing to provide a breath sample for roadside testing
· Failing to remain at the scene of a collision
· Dangerous driving
· Causing death or bodily harm by criminal negligence
· Failing to stop for police
Cost of licence reinstatement – $281
Legal Costs – Approximately $1500 for a plea and higher for a trial
Penalty – $550
Minimum fine – $1000 for first offence
Maximum fine – 10 years imprisonment for first offence
Towing/Storage for 7 day Vehicle Impoundment – $800-$1000
Ignition Interlock Installation/Maintenance cost for 1 year to obtain driving privileges sooner – $1700
Increase in Insurance Cost – Approximately $8500-$10,000 a year
Criminal Record
Vehicle-Impoundment Program
To counter the dangerous behaviours of impaired and suspended driving, Ontario law includes seven-day vehicle impoundment for:
· Drivers operating a vehicle while under a Highway Traffic Act licence suspension
· Drivers caught without a required ignition interlock
· All drivers caught with a BAC over .08, or who fail/refuse to comply with a demand made by a police officer under the Criminal Code of Canada
If you are caught driving while your licence is suspended for a Criminal Code offence, the vehicle you are driving will be impounded for a minimum of 45 days. These vehicle impoundment apply regardless of whether the vehicle is borrowed from a friend or family member, business, employer or is rented. The owner of the vehicle must pay the towing and storage costs before the vehicle will be released.