Electric Scooter Rider Driving Under the Influence in Toronto Prosecuted

March 16, 2020
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Toronto, Ontario - The City Attorney’s office prosecuted its first DUI involving an electric scooter. The 28-year-old man in the case was found to be driving under the influence in Toronto, when he knocked over a 64-year-old pedestrian on a sidewalk while on a Bird scooter. His blood alcohol level was said to be more than three times the limit.

According to an AP report, the man was fined $550 and ordered to pay restitution to the pedestrian. He was also placed on a probation for 36 months and is required to complete a DUI program.

A DUI lawyer for a Toronto-based firm specialising in drunk driving offences said, “As a driver, it is important to know the law. In Toronto, the laws are very clear. If you operate a vehicle or vessel, or assist in the operation, or has care or control of a vehicle, whether it is in motion or not, you commit an offence if you are driving under the influence.”

The maximum legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 or 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood. Any amount above 0.08 is considered a criminal offence. The same impaired driving lawyer in Toronto noted that for drivers who are younger than 21 years old, no amount of alcohol in the blood is accepted. A Zero Tolerance Law applies to such cases, and if caught, drivers will have to pay a fine of up to $300 and have their license suspended for one year.

The firm’s website offers free and comprehensive information on Toronto DUI laws, fines and penalties, consequences, as well as a guide to getting legal representation. The website also features DUI-related news updates.

The DUI attorney added, “The best way to avoid a DUI charge is to be mindful around alcohol. Designate, hire or book a driver with a ride-sharing app if you’re going to a party. And if you’re on medication, always ask your doctor how it interacts with alcohol.”

In the event of a DUI arrest, it is crucial to get legal representation right away. He noted that the panic and confusion can sometimes lead clients to making decisions that they will regret. A reputable and experienced lawyer can help gather first-hand information about the incident and authenticate the facts, which are vital to the outcome of the case. There are many layers of legal options in a DUI case, which may be complex for a driver involved in the situation, and a DUI lawyer is the best person who can help navigate the ins and outs of DUI laws in Toronto.

Clients who may be worried about the possible costs of getting a DUI lawyer can also check out the firm’s website to find out more about the free initial in-person consultation that they offer. This provides an opportunity for both client and the firm’s lawyers to understand the case and to align on possible defence strategies. In Toronto, there are no prevailing cost criteria for DUI lawyers but a written retainer agreement can help both parties iron out the scope of work and the estimated costs which, aside from legal fees, can include hiring an expert witness, a toxicologist or a private investigator.

For more on DUI laws in Toronto, interested clients can check the firm’s website for easy-to-understand information or to get in touch with their DUI attorneys.



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