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Guelph Criminal Law Blog

Criminal driving offences versus Highway Traffic Act offences

If you, or someone you know, gets pulled over by the police, one of the first thoughts you may have is, “did I commit a crime?”. While it may be true you have broken a law, that doesn’t mean you have committed a criminal offence.

Impaired driving and dangerous driving are criminal offences listed under the Criminal Code of Canada. Failure to stop at a stop sign or speeding are considered traffic violations under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario. It’s important to understand what a police officer is charging you with, and in what situations you may need a criminal defence lawyer.

What an impaired driving conviction can mean for immigrants

Facing criminal charges is always stressful. But as an immigrant in Canada, the consequences can be especially severe. Due to a new law that recently went into effect, Canadian immigrants have more to worry about than ever.

Canada has long enforced stiff penalties for immigrants who commit serious crimes. Non-citizens could face deportation if they are convicted of certain crimes, including:

Testing for drug impairment under the Cannabis Act

Guelph and Ontario police forces face the challenge of testing drivers for drug impairment now that cannabis use has been legalized. Driving while impaired is illegal in Canada. How will police forces test drivers in ways that will be recognized as proof of impairment in court?

The federal governments drug impairment limits


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