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Impaired by Drugs

Under Canadian law it is illegal to drive when impaired. Usually when we hear about impaired driving in the media, the focus is on drinking and driving. However, it is also illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs. This law applies both to illegal drugs and to prescription drugs which affect the user’s ability to drive. The focus is not on the legal status of the drug, but on its effects. Drugs that impair depth perception, attention span, concentration, decision-making, and reaction time are all considered to be “impairing”. This would include street drugs such as cocaine and marijuana and also a wide variety of prescription drugs such as morphine, oxycodone, valium and other painkillers. Obviously, drugs that cause hallucinations, distort the user’s perception of time and distance, cause confusion or make it hard to distinguish between fantasy and reality are extremely impairing. This would include a variety…

3 Jan 2010

Peacebonds: Section 810 of the Criminal Code...

19 Dec 2009

A Peacebond is a court order requiring a specific individual to “keep the peace and be of good behaviour”. A peacebond is not a conviction and it will not appear…

If Tiger Woods Happened on the Bridal Path

15 Dec 2009

In the controversy surrounding Tiger Wood’s recent driving accident, it has been rumored that Mr. Wood’s blood tests from the hospital revealed that he had consumed alcohol, prescription drugs and…

Sexual Assault – Consent (alcohol, fraud)

13 Dec 2009

Sexual assault is a criminal offence under s. 271 of the Criminal Code. Sexual assault is defined as any form of sexual contact without the consent of either party involved…

Is Marijuana Illegal?

7 Dec 2009

There is confusion amongst members of the public as to whether or not simple possession of marijuana is illegal. This confusion has been caused by various court decisions and a…

Emigration (US) Repercussions of a Criminal...

1 Dec 2009

Our clients are often concerned about the effect a criminal conviction could have on their ability to travel to the United States. If you are convicted of a criminal offence…

Domestic Assault and Peace Bonds

24 Nov 2009

One of the first questions a client asks whcn charged with Domestic Assault is if there is any way that they could “get” a Peace Bond. Of course, in most…