Within the past year or so the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-46. It amends the criminal code to create more severe consequences for DUI/alcohol. It further created specific language and offenses for driving under the influence of drugs. The bill also grants police greater powers to test drivers for impairment and increases the maximum penalty for a DUI from 5 to 10 years.
For immigration purposes, DUIs will be considered "serious criminality", creating an obstacle for visitors or immigrants to Canada. U.S. citizens, foreign nationals and temporary residents who could previously visit Canada may now be denied entry. Permanent residents may even face deportation. That’s another reason why it’s so important to win your DUI case or getting the charges reduced to a lesser offense such as reckless or careless driving and seek a record sealing or expungement.
If you are facing DUI charges in Miami, I encourage you to contact my firm to schedule a free case evaluation. I would be happy to review your case and help you better understand what to expect considering your circumstances.