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Dave Singh

3 days ago

★★★★★ Nick and his lawyers worked on my impaired driving case. I was worried about getting a criminal record, but they took care of everything.They got my charge dropped to a traffic ticket, not a criminal offence. I’m so happy with the result. Before the trial date, I met with his team to watch surveillance videos of me, solidify my defence, give me some information about the law, and do a dry run of the trial with my friend who was going to testify with me. I felt as comfortable as I could given the situation since he prepared me well. My lawyer seemed to be known and had a good report with the court which I believe was to my advantage. He also prepared two back up technical defences. We won the case.

Susan Miller

7 days ago

★★★★★ My husband was charged with impaired driving and over 80. We felt totally hopeless. It was difficult, but these guys were with us every step of the way, supporting us, explaining next steps, always answering our questions. They always were easy to get in touch with and answer questions. As a result of their work, the impaired driving and over 80 charges were withdrawn. My husband ended up with careless driving ticket, no criminal record. We are very grateful to this amazing team of knowledgeable and skilled criminal lawyers. We would recommend them to anyone who is in trouble and does not know what to do.

Mohammad Nazim

1 week ago

★★★★★ Highly recommend the firm and truly appreciate their hard work, this firm are the best at what they do, they have withdrawn my both charges of Drive over 80 and Impaired Driving. They are a bit pricey but however that’s what it needs for professionals to resolve your matters and they had the courtesy to have me pay it over a period of time so definitely worth it regardless. I recommend them to anyone with any kind of criminal cases specially what I went through as results was awesome. highly recommend 100% no doubt. I’m super happy with their work and results.

Marisol Almarazo

2 weeks ago

★★★★★ I recommend them because they won my case! My criminal charges WITHDRAWN and my record will be erased immediately. I recommend them 100% for any legal problem that you need. The results that they provided were very impressive. Thank you

John Stocco

2 weeks ago

★★★★★ I was charged with Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle over 80mg. From the moment I contacted Mr. Charitsis, I was put as ease. The trial was simply outstanding to watch my lawyer cross examining the officer who charged me. In the end, I was acquitted thanks to the expertise of these lawyers. If you have been charged with a criminal offence then I would highly recommend!

Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.

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DUI Lawyers for Ottawa: Protecting Your Future

Your experienced criminal defence team for impaired driving charges in Ottawa.

Legal Items of an Ottawa Criminal LawyerImpaired driving or Driving under the Influence (DUI) charge in Ottawa, don’t go it alone.

As Ottawa DUI lawyers we know the defences, legal motions & applications to provide you with a winning defence to your impaired driving charge.

Read through our information about DUI charges and then give us a call.  Together let’s have a conversation about what happened, and how we can win your case!

DUI & Ottawa Courts

The Ottawa courts and Crown Attorney’s office considers DUI driving a serious criminal offence. Being charged with impaired driving in Ottawa can be a daunting experience with serious legal and personal consequences.

As Ottawa DUI lawyers we’re dedicated to providing skilled criminal defence lawyers known for fighting and winning DUI’s and impaired driving charges.

Here’s how a lawyer can help:

  • Expertise in criminal defence: Our team of Ottawa DUI lawyers has extensive experience in criminal defence with a focus on defending clients against DUI charges in Ottawa. We understand the intricacies of the legal system and have a deep understanding of impaired driving laws.
  • Strategic approach: We employ a strategic approach to defending impaired driving charges. Including, trials, defence strategies and dealing with Crown attorneys.
  • Skilled DUI litigators: Where your case goes to trial we’re experienced trial lawyers focused on advocacy, crafting compelling legal arguments, applying the law meticulously, challenging the evidence presented against our clients, and securing favorable plea deals, such as traffic tickets, when appropriate.

As Ottawa DUI lawyers, our goal is to win your case and have your charges completely withdrawn.

If that isn’t feasible, our defence team looks to mitigate or reduce the charges to prevent license suspensions, criminal records, and the potential for jail time.

Why You Need a DUI Lawyer

If you’re facing impaired driving charges in Ottawa, it’s crucial to have a DUI Lawyer representing you. 

A DUI lawyer understands and works with you to deal with the:

  • complexities of the drinking and driving law,
  • criminal case law and legal arguments
  • review & analyze police disclosure, and 
  • represent you with the crown attorney

Why it’s important to have an experienced criminal lawyer in impaired driving cases:

  • Legal expertise: In criminal court representation, Experience counts. An experienced criminal lawyer understands the legal system and the intricacies of impaired driving cases and DUI law. They have a deep understanding of the relevant laws and know how to challenge the evidence against you. They can also help you understand your legal options and provide guidance on the best course of action.

  • Background: Drinking and driving laws are constantly evolving. The rules change, new case law, breathalyzer machines, and rules of evidence.

  • Protect your rights: A DUI lawyer will protect your rights, interests and licence throughout the legal process. A lawyer can ensure that you receive fair treatment under the law and every opportunity to have charges dropped or reduced is give to you.

Without an experienced criminal lawyer on your side, you may be at a disadvantage  when dealing with Crown attorneys. Don’t risk your future – call today to speak with an experienced DUI lawyer and get the legal representation you need.

As Ottawa DUI lawyers, our goal is to win your case and have your charges completely withdrawn.

Charitsis-Sheikh LLP: Your Ottawa DUI Lawyers

At Charitsis-Sheikh LLP, we specialize in fighting DUI charges. We understand the serious and disabling consequences of being arrested, and we want to help you.

To win a DUI charge, a lawyer needs expert knowledge of the law, experience running criminal DUI trials, and the ability to speak and argue persuasively.

As defence lawyers, we possess all of these qualities, and we have reviews and testimonials from our satisfied clients to show for it.

Here’s what you can expect when you work with our DUI Lawyers:

  • A thorough review of the facts to learn what happened, including the lead-up to the arrest, what happened during, what happened with the police, whether everything was done legally, and if your rights were violated.
  • Observations of the strict guidelines for collecting and presenting evidence in DUI and impaired driving cases.

  • Legal advice at all stages, including ordering police notes and disclosure, representation at all court hearings, representing you at meetings with the crown attorney, preparing and presenting all legal and trial arguments, and representing you at trial.

  • Our goal is to defend you through the legal system, to take care of your legal interests, and win your case.

Some cases go to trial, while others are resolved before any trial proceedings.

There are times when our lawyers have charges withdrawn or reduced to non-criminal traffic charges. Like reducing a dui charge to a careless driving traffic ticket. We also explain to our clients where we see opportunities to win their case or raise legal defences.

As Ottawa DUI Lawyers and former crown attorneys, we know the law, are well-known to the judges, and we have a proven track record of winning and resolving drinking and driving charges. We will fight to protect your reputation, driver’s licence, employment, and your ability to support your family.

Thank you so very much, forever grateful. Many others said I should just plead guilty. Nick was attentive and took the time to explain the entire procedure and what it would entail. He explained how he was going to win, and followed up 8 months later with the DUI charge being withdrawn.

DUI Penalties

Impaired driving can lead to devastating penalties for drivers. The consequences of an impaired driving conviction can affect your family, driving ability, and livelihood.

Here’s what you need to know about the penalties for DUI offences:

Penalties upon arrest:

  • Seven-day vehicle seizure
  • 90-day licence suspension
  • No collision coverage in accidents
  • Towing and storage costs
  • License reinstatement fee

DUI Penalties upon conviction:

  • Criminal record for life
  • Fine between $1,000 to $2,000
  • Possible jail time up to 2 years
  • One-year licence suspension
  • Mandatory alcoholism testing
  • Mandatory interlock device
  • Mandatory Back on Track program

Insurance rates can be significantly affected for drivers convicted of DUI charges.

Where an accident has occurred the insurance will not pay to repair the vehicle.  The insurance will say that in your insurance policy you agreed not to commit any criminal acts.  Your insurance will therefore say that you broke the agreement in that you were found committing the criminal act of DUI driving. 

Licence suspensions and additional penalties such as mandatory Back on Track program, alcoholism testing, and ignition interlock devices must be completed to get the licence back.

Drivers convicted of a second or third DUI charge face:

  • increased penalties
  • including longer jail time
  • higher fines, and
  • lifetime licence suspensions

Any conviction for a DUI offence, Impaired driving or any drinking and driving charge will result in a criminal record for life, which may affect employment opportunities and travel to the USA and other countries.

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Our proven legal team with years of experience!

DUI Legal Arguments

When it comes to impaired driving charges, there are several legal arguments that can be used to build a strong defence.

At our law firm, we thoroughly review each case and consider arguments such as:

  • Recent Drinking: Were you actually over the legal limit at the time you were driving. It’s important to determine if you were over the limit when you were stopped by the police, or if it was at some point after. Time is a crucial factor in these DUI cases.

  • Rights to Counsel: The police are required by law to inform you about your right to speak to a lawyer and give you that access in privacy. If your rights are violated, it may result in a dismissal of the charge.

  • As soon as Reasonably Possible: The police must ensure that there are no unreasonable delays throughout a DUI investigation, including arrests, breathalyzer tests, and all other aspects of the investigation. These actions should be performed as soon as reasonably possible.

  • Right to Trial within a Reasonable Time: There are time limits for holding a trial. The prosecution and court system must ensure that your trial takes place within a reasonable period. This right is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

  • Proof beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The judge must be 100% certain of your guilt in order to convict you of DUI. If the judge has any reasonable doubt about your guilt, they should dismiss the charge.

This is not the complete list and each case has differences, nuances and issues. In our law office, we will use our expert knowledge of the law and criminal trials to build a strong defence for you.

Impaired Driving Pre-trials

Not every DUI charge ends up going to trial. One of the primary considerations before any trial occurs is the pre-trial with a crown attorney. The role of an Ottawa DUI lawyer is crucial during this phase as they negotiate, discuss, and advocate on behalf of their clients.

Before a case even approaches trial, a “pretrial” or meeting is scheduled. Pre-trial hearing are an important step om your defence . During this meeting with the crown attorney and your lawyer, both parties critically evaluate the case in its entirety. The main objectives of this pretrial session are to:

  • Examine any potential issues with evidence: A critical role for Ottawa DUI lawyers is to scrutinize the evidence, ensuring its integrity and reliability. This can mean the difference between a strong defense and a weak one.
  • Identify possible trial issues: Understanding the potential challenges and arguments during the trial can shape the defense strategy.
  • Discuss the grounds supporting the charge: This involves looking at the legal and factual bases that led to the DUI charge. By understanding these grounds, Ottawa DUI lawyers can prepare a robust defense or even find reasons to question the charge
  • Rdeducing the charge to a traffic ticket: Not every DUI case is ironclad. In some instances, our Ottawa DUI lawyers can negotiate with the crown attorney to have the charge reduced,d thus avoiding more severe consequences for their clients.

Deliberate on any potential compromises: Negotiation skills are pivotal here. A middle ground might be found that benefits both parties, leading to a resolution without a full trial.

Determine if the case will indeed proceed to trial: After evaluating all aspects and possible outcomes, a decision needs to be made on whether the case requires a trial or can be resolved in the pretrial stage.

With the help of adept Ottawa DUI lawyers, many clients find themselves in a more favorable position. Quite often, these legal experts can negotiate to resolve criminal charges in a manner that avoids more severe penalties like criminal license suspensions or permanent criminal records. One of the most significant benefits is the possibility of having charges reduced to mere traffic tickets, thereby safeguarding the client’s future and reputation.

In summary, while many might assume that a DUI charge inevitably leads to a trial, the truth is that the pretrial process, facilitated by experienced Ottawa DUI lawyers, can significantly alter the course of the case for the better.

Impaired by Drugs

If you were driving under the influence of marijuana, certain prescription medications, or illegal drugs, you could face impaired driving charges.

Police officers can utilize screening devices to detect cannabis impairment while driving and conduct a drug recognition evaluation.

It is important to note that even if you are using marijuana for medical reasons, a police officer may still attempt to establish that you were impaired while operating the vehicle. The penalties for drugged driving are the same as those for DUI or drunk driving.

DUI Driving - FAQs

A DUI/Impaired Driving charge can have a huge affect on your driving record and insurance rates.

Drivers convicted of a DUI, will have the conviction entered onto driving record and remain there for a considerable amount of time. In Ontario, a criminal driving conviction typically stays on your record for 5 years. Insurance companies have access to your driving record and a DUI conviction is likely to cause your insurance premiums to increase significantly.

Furthermore, some insurance companies might even classify you as a “high-risk” driver, leading to even higher rates or, in some cases, denial of coverage. The exact amount of the increase can vary greatly depending on your specific circumstances, such as your previous driving record, your age, and the specifics of your DUI offence.

Where a driver in a household is convicted of impaired driving, the conviction can affect all the other drivers in the house.  The insurance reasons that where there is a vehicle available for a convicted driver, the driver may drive the vehicle putting the insurance company at risk.

Many times where this happens, a rider may be required stating that the DUI driver must not drive any of the other vehicles, and should they do so, the insurance would not be valid.

Engaging a DUI lawyer can be extremely beneficial in this situation. A skilled DUI lawyer can help navigate the complexities of the law, potentially negotiate reduced charges, and advocate for you in court. Their expertise and knowledge could make a significant difference in the outcome of your case, including the effect on your driving record and insurance rates. Therefore, if you’re facing a DUI/Impaired Driving charge, it’s strongly recommended to consult with a DUI lawyer to explore your options and strategize your defe

A DUI/Impaired Driving conviction can have serious implications on your employment. Depending upon on your line of work and the specific policies of your employer.

For example, if your job involves driving, such as if you are a truck or taxi driver, a DUI/Impaired Driving conviction could result in the loss of your employment.

Licence suspensions for DUI driving include motor vehicle as defined in the Criminal Code of Canada.  A motor vehicle in the criminal code includes anything push pulled or driven by an engine.  As well as motor vehicles this includes any construction vehicles, farm equipment and convicted drivers are even prohibited from driving a lawn tractor or electric scooter.

Additionally, some employers might view a DUI/Impaired Driving conviction as a demonstration of poor judgement or unreliability, which could affect your career progression or even your continued employment.

If you’re professional like real-estate agent, accountant, bank employee or deal in security you probably have a requirement to disclose criminal convictions to your employer, or if your employer conducts regular background checks, a DUI/Impaired Driving conviction could become a significant issue. Moreover, future potential employers who conduct background checks will be able to see this conviction, potentially impacting their hiring decision.

While not all DUI charges can be successfully contested, considering the serious implications of a conviction, most professionals should at least consult with our DUI Lawyers. This free discussion can provide opportunities to explore possible defences, potential victories, and opportunities for reduced charges, ultimately helping to avoid a criminal record.

Yes, it is indeed possible to win a DUI/Impaired Driving case at the Ottawa Courts.

The outcome of any legal case is dependent on a multitude of factors, including:

  • the specifics of the charge,
  • the evidence presented,
  • the credibility of the witnesses, and
  • the skills and strategies of your defence team.

It’s important to remember that in any criminal case, the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In simple terms, this means that the prosecution must prove to the judge that the accused is 100% guilty of the allegations.  Where there is ANY doubt in the judges mind they must dismiss the charge. This is a high standard and there may be opportunities to challenge the prosecution’s case and raise that doubt.

For example, there may be issues related to the legality of the traffic stop, the administration and accuracy of the breathalyzer test, or the handling of the evidence. It’s also possible to question the procedures followed by the police during your arrest and the investigation. A successful defence might result in the charges being reduced or even dismissed entirely.

As well our DUI lawyers are many times able to meet with the Crown Attorney and have a DUI charge reduced to a non criminal charge where you do not receive a criminal record or licence suspension.

However, it is crucial to have a knowledgeable and experienced DUI lawyer by your side. Our Ottawa DUI lawyers know the legal landscape and have the experience to spot the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.

They can challenge the evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and present a strong defence on your behalf. While it’s never possible to guarantee a particular outcome, engaging an Ottawa DUI lawyer significantly increases your chances of a favourable result in a DUI/Impaired Driving case.

After being charged with a DUI/Impaired Driving offence, several steps take place in the legal process. While the specifics can vary depending on your situation and local jurisdiction, here’s a general overview of what you can expect:

Arrest and Charge: The process starts when you’re arrested by the police on suspicion of DUI/Impaired Driving.

The police will typically conduct a breathalyzer test or blood test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). If your BAC is over the legal limit, you will be arrested and charged with DUI/Impaired Driving.

In most instances you’re taken to the police station where a second breathalyzer test is given.  If the BAC is over 200mgs most drivers will be held in jail until the officer in charge of the police station feels that you’re sober enough to take care of yourself.

Bail and Release: Most drivers will be released on a promise to appear at your first court date. In some cases, where there are extenuating circumstances, you may be held for a bail hearing.

First Court Appearance: The first court date is normally called a “Set Date”.  This is a date for your lawyer and 

Disclosure: Before your first court appearance, the prosecution will provide you with disclosure, which is a copy of the evidence they have against you. This typically includes the police report, breathalyzer results, and possibly video or witness statements.

First Court Appearance: Your first appearance in court is typically administrative in nature. The judge will want to know if you have a lawyer (or need time to get one), and will set future court dates. This is not the trial date.

Plea Negotiations: If there’s a chance that your charges can be reduced or dismissed, your DUI lawyer will negotiate with the prosecutor. This step involves analyzing the evidence, identifying any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and exploring potential defences.

Trial: If your case proceeds to trial, your lawyer will present your defence, cross-examine prosecution witnesses, and challenge the evidence against you. The judge (or jury, if applicable) will then decide whether or not you are guilty based on the evidence presented.

Sentencing: If you are found guilty, the court will impose a sentence. This could include fines, licence suspension, mandatory education or treatment programs, probation, or even jail time in severe cases.

It’s important to note that every case is unique, and this process can vary based on many factors. Having a skilled DUI lawyer by your side can help ensure your rights are protected and you’re able to navigate this process as effectively as possible. They can guide you through each step, build a strong defence, and work towards the best possible outcome in your case.

Cost to Fight Refusing a Roadside Test

Being charged with a criminal offence is a serious matter and can have life-changing implications. We firmly believe that this is not a time in your life look for cheap or “affordable lawyers”.

This one event in your life can have long term implications on your drivers licence, livelihood and family.  When charged with any criminal offence, you need the very best legal representation to protect yourself and your future.

As your DUI Lawyer, we don’t nickel and dime our clients. We charge a fee which represents the high caliber of legal representation that we provide.

Our goal is to win your case, and we will do everything in our power to provide the best possible defence. We will appear and arrange all court dates, disclosure requests, discussions with the Crown Attorney, and prepare all documents and motions for your case.

Prior to any trial, we will meet with the Crown Attorney to review and argue the merits of a withdrawal and to canvass any reduced charges. We will keep you informed and updated on your case and provide advice on what you can do to help your case, such as writing out your version of events, obtaining documentary evidence or witnesses, and arranging for counseling if necessary.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss your case with you.

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