Three Questions to Ask BEFORE Hiring an Ottawa Impaired Driving Lawyer

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By Published On: November 25, 2010

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – Being charged in Ontario with Over 80, Impaired Driving, or Sample Refusal can be a stressful ordeal for anybody. You need to hire a great criminal defence lawyer if you want to get those charges dropped. The problem, for many people facing impaired driving charges, is that they don’t know how to find the best criminal lawyer for their specific case.

The search for a top criminal defence lawyer is all about doing research and, asking yourself questions about any prospective lawyer. In this article I will share some of those questions with you – make sure you’ve thought about these before hiring a lawyer to take on your impaired driving case!

  1. Does this lawyer have significant experience representing impaired driving cases at court trial?

Many impaired driving cases do make it to trial in Ontario courtroom, and you need a lawyer who is experienced and skilled in defending them in court. A skilled trial lawyer could win your case using techniques like specialized cross-examination. Avoid one who has not defended very many impaired driving cases in an actual courtroom.

  1. How significantly does impaired driving figure into this lawyer’s criminal defence practice?

It’s important to find a lawyer who lists Ontario driving offences as a major component of his or her criminal defence practice. Avoid any lawyer who “dabbles” in impaired driving, or who specializes in a different area of law – impaired driving is a unique and complex area of the law that requires a specialized knowledge.

  1. Does the lawyer have a sophisticated understanding of all the defences and strategies that could be used to fight my charges?

In Ontario, there are a number of ways you can fight impaired driving charges. For example, you can prove that the police officer’s administration of the test was not correct, or argue that the arrest was in violation of the Charter. Before you hire a criminal lawyer, make sure he or she has an up-to-date knowledge of these defences, as well as the experience and skills to apply them successfully.

Have you been arrested and charged with an Ontario drinking and driving offence? The Ottawa impaired driving lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are here to help you find the best possible legal representation for your case. Call us today at (613) 699-8192 or email us at

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