The law defines “drunk driving” as: operating a motor vehicle, while having the care or control over that vehicle, while one’s ability to operate that vehicle is impaired by alcohol, or a drug. There are 3 charges associated with drunk driving:

  • Refusal to blow
  • Impaired driving
  • Driving over 0.80

The consequences associated with these charges are significant. If convicted, the minimum sentence is a 1-year driving prohibition, and fine of $1000. If convicted you will get a criminal record and you will be required to complete the Responsible Driver Program at a cost of $880 and have an interlock ignition device installed in your vehicle for one year at a cost of $1,700. There are other costs associated with these measures that can grow the total cost to approximately $5000. In addition, if this is not your first conviction, or you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, jail time will be asked for by the prosecution.

If you have been charged with drunk driving, do not plead guilty without contacting a criminal defence lawyer. Each drunk driving case is unique, and extremely technical. Too often, a person accused of drunk driving will plead guilty before affording themselves the opportunity to properly defend themselves.

I am Michael Bloom, a skilled and thorough DUI defence lawyer. I can defend you if you have been charged with any drunk driving offence. Just because you have been charged, does not mean that you are guilty. The following are a few defence options that may be available to you:

  • Impaired Driving: The opinion of a police officer is not equivalent to being found guilty in court. Just because a police officer believed that you were intoxicated, does not mean that you actually were. If the police officer was not following protocol during the time of your arrest and charge, the evidence derived from the interaction will be considered inadmissible and cannot be used against you.
  • Blowing over 0.80: Just because you blew over 0.80, does not mean that you are guilty. It is entirely possible that the breathalyser machine was not calibrated properly, or the police officer did not use the machine correctly. I will aggressively investigate the flaws surrounding your breathalyser test. All too often the police make mistakes that put your rights in danger.
  • Refusal to Blow: There are many reasons why you may not have felt comfortable partaking in a breathalyser test. Perhaps you were feeling threatened, or had reason to believe that the machine was not properly calibrated. I can argue that there was a constructive refusal or that you had a reasonable excuse.
  • Lesser Included Offence (S.144): Certain circumstances regarding the police investigation engage this resolution option. The benefit of this type of resolution is that you will not get a criminal record. I will aggressively investigate the basis for your charge being resolved by way of S.144.


Just because the police think that you were impaired, does NOT mean that you are guilty of this offence. If you have been charged with impaired driving, call 604 603 5513 or submit a form here to arrange your FREE defence consultation.