The holiday season is enjoyable for many people in the province of Ontario. Among other reasons, this is due to the number of parties that are helped to observe the holidays. When alcohol is served at these events it is possible people could have too much to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car to drive home. Accordingly, law enforcement is often on high alert for drunk drivers as a part of the OPP’s holiday RIDE program
. This could lead to an increase in the number of drunk driving arrests that occur.
During the course of the 2015 program, which commenced on Nov. 23 and ended Jan. 2, a total of 573 drivers faced drunk driving charges after being pulled over. This is down a bit from last year. In the course of the entire year, more than 6,000 drivers were charged with alcohol and drug impaired infractions.
People who find themselves in this situation may be unsure of how to proceed. They may feel overwhelmed, scared and embarrassed by the arrest. These emotions may lead them to make choices they otherwise would not. These choices could have a great impact on their lives. In addition to the loss of a driver’s license, people found guilty of the allegation could face time in jail and have to pay significant fines.
Perhaps the best way to avoid this fate is to seek representation from a criminal defence lawyer who understands the approaches that may be taken to avoid this outcome. The sooner this course of action is taken, the better.