Beware of the S Factor

Beware of the S Factor

When you are charged with impaired driving the police officer who arrests you completes what is referred to as an Information.  The Information is the charging document that the court sees.  It lists the who, the what, and the where.  It is the...
What’s the Point of Designated Drivers

What’s the Point of Designated Drivers

The actions of a police officer in British Columbia have gone too far in the war on impaired driving. A Vancouver woman who thought she did the right thing by arranging a sober ride home from a holiday party was handed a 90 suspension for being a drunk passenger. This...
Beware of the S Factor

Don’t Blow it, Just Blow

I am always surprised at how willing people are to talk to the police. I have no problem with a friendly hello in the coffee line, small talk at a community event or focused call when assistance is needed. Speaking to the police in situations when people...
Are Mandatory minimums mandatory?

Are Mandatory minimums mandatory?

A recent Ontario Court decision has once again brought the sentencing of impaired drivers into the spotlight. Although the sentence rendered is now no longer available at law and arguably never was in this province, the decision is a good one. The decision is a clear...