Can a Paralegal Defend Me in DUI Court in Ontario?
Unfortunately, paralegals in Ontario are not licensed to defend an accused person charged with a hybrid DUI Criminal Code of Canada offence, such as impaired driving, impaired care or control, excess blood alcohol, or refusal to provide a breath sample. These offences have maximum punishments that exceed 6 months in jail, notwithstanding the Crown elects to proceed summarily. You will need to consult with and retain the services of a criminal law lawyer. Visit the Law Society of Upper Canada web site for more information and search under "Questions - The Right Legal Professional".
You may find the following resources helpful:
The Canadian Impaired Driving Information Page
Arrest and Going to Court
Maps to GTA Courthouses
Impaired Driving Technical Discussion Blog
Juveniles, Young Offenders, and Youth Court
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