Immigration Consequences
of DUI / DWI / OWI 
Over 80 / Impaired Driving


Value From Experience
Drawing exclusively on the knowledge and experience of former Crown Attorneys, Provincial Offences Prosecutors, Senior Police Officers, and 20+ Years of Criminal Defence Expertise,  Toronto Criminal and DUI Lawyers are pleased to share their expertise and experience on the immigration consequences of a DUI charge.

Impaired Driving is a Serious Criminal Offense in Canada
The immigration consequences of an impaired driving charge include the loss of immigration status, deportation, and prohibition of future visits to Canada. This applies whether the offender is a tourist, student, someone on a work permit, or a permanent resident.

Typical DUI Immigrant Case

Case: R. v. M.S. (A Temporary Resident) 
Charge: Impaired Driving, Over 80, Novice Driver BAC Over 80
Result: Discharged – No Conviction Against M.S.

“When this all started, I felt so shaken. As a temporary resident, I was terrified that I would be deported from Canada if convicted.  Toronto Criminal and DUI Lawyers really did magic for me and my family.  I am grateful to you for your hard work and commitment.  I know how hard your job is.  Thank you.  Thank you.”




Impaired Driving is a Criminal Offence

Impaired Driving, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Drunk Driving, Refusing a Breathalyser test, or Drug Impaired Driving are considered by the courts to be among the most serious criminal offences in the Canadian Criminal Code.




IRCC Regularly Deports Immigrants or Visitors to Canada Convicted of Impaired Driving

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada ("IRCC") regularly strips the immigration status of immigrants convicted of impaired driving, and then deports them. Canada’s tough stance on immigrants who are found guilty of drinking and driving applies to all non-citizens regardless of whether the've arrived in Canada by land, air, or sea.

Once Deported, Return (even for emergency family visits) is Often Impossible
Once deported, an individual is prohibited from returning to Canada without a Pardon. The deported person must wait a minimum of five years before they can even apply for a Pardon.  Obtaining a Pardon from outside Canada can take as long as ten years to complete and success is not guaranteed. 


What Type of Non-Citizen Does This 'One DUI and You're Out!' Policy Affect?
If you're a non-citizen living in Canada, impaired driving is sufficient grounds for deportation.  It's as simple as that. It doesn't matter whether the defendent is a tourist, student, someone on a work permit, or a permanent resident. The law applies equally whether you're from the United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, the Philippines, Greenland, or anywhere else. No matter where you came from, you can and will be deported because of an impaired driving offence.

Call Us Immediately If You're in the Immigration System and Charged With Impaired Driving

If you are charged with impaired driving (DUI, DWI, over 80, refuse breathalyser, drug impaired driving, etc.) and you are a visitor, student, a person on a work permit, a permanent resident, or currently in the immigration system, you are at risk of being deported and prohibited from entering Canada indefinitely.

However, because you have been charged with impaired driving does not mean you will be convicted. Between charge and conviction, a skilled DUI Lawyer can often negotiate with Prosecutors (the Crown Attorney's Office) to have the charges reduced to something non-criminal or dropped completely, eliminating the possibility of being deported by the IRCC. If your case does go to trial, our skilled DUI Lawyers will fight like a cornered tiger to win your case.  Visit our 2021 Success Stories page to check our our most recent successes.

If You're an Immigrant Facing an Impaired Driving Related Charge
Speak to a Sensitive and Experienced DUI Lawyer now. 

The Consultation Is Free and Will Last As Long It Takes For Us To Understand Your Problem and Recommend a Course of Action.

Call (416) 400-6668    24/7


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