The Questions To Ask

Do they practice criminal law?

This is obviously the first question to ask. Most lawyers only work in one or a few areas of law and the first thing to do is to make sure that they can help you properly.

How can i trust them?

The most important thing in a relationship with a professional is that you feel confident. We suggest that you ask questions to reassure yourself as to the competences of your lawyer, all in order to develop a satisfactory professional relationship with he or she. Here are some pertinent questions:

  • how many years of experience do they have?
  • Are they used to your type of case?
  • Do they have a good success rate?
  • Do they explain to me all aspects of my case?

How much will it cost me?

This is a tricky question…

It is often impossible to answer from the openning of the case as to the total and final cost. Many variables come into play, including the type of case and the complexity of the situation.

On the other hand, it is often possible to make estimates and the important thing is to understand how the fees will be calculated. The most common method is the hourly Rate.

Will I have a criminal record if i am found guilty of DUI ?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. On the other hand, after a few years, you will be able to apply to the Commission and ask for a pardon.

Will I be able to go to the USA?

Normally yes, as long as you have only been charged of drunk driving. The American customs officers usually permits entry to the United States.

How much alcohol can I consume to have the right to drive?

The legal limit of alcohol allowed in the blood for driving is 80mg per 100ml of blood, ie the famous. 08.

But what is this percentage for you?

The amount of alcohol you can drink before you reach this limit depends on a number of factors:

  • Your gender
  • Your weight
  • The amount of time spent drinking
  • The rate at which you eliminate alcohol**

How does one reach the legal limit for driving (80 mg)?

Watch out! These figures are given as an indication only! You remain responsible for making sure that you do not exceed the limit!


Number of drinks* 125 lb 57 kg 150 lb 68 kg 175 lb 80 kg 200 lb 91 kg 250 lb 113 kg
1 34 mg 29 mg 25 mg 22 mg 17 mg
2 69 mg 58 mg 50 mg 43 mg 35 mg
3 103 mg 87 mg 75 mg 65 mg 52 mg
4 139 mg 116 mg 100 mg 87 mg 70 mg
5 173 mg 145 mg 125 mg 108 mg 87 mg


Number of Drinks* 100 lb 45 kg 125 lb 57 kg 150 lb 68 kg 175 lb 80 kg 200 lb 91 kg
1 50 mg 40 mg 34 mg 29 mg 26 mg
2 101 mg 80 mg 68 mg 58 mg 50 mg
3 152 mg 120 mg 101 mg 87 mg 76 mg
4 203 mg 162 mg 135 mg 117 mg 101 mg
5 253 mg 202 mg 169 mg 146 mg 126 mg

* One Drink = 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of table wine, 3 oz of fortified wine (apéritif, 1½ oz of rhum, gin, scotch, vodka, etc.)

* * Elimination : Subtract 15 mg for each hour elapsed since the first consumption to take into account the alcohol elimination done by your body, that is, 5h20 to completely neutralize 80 mg of alcohol. However, keep in mind that this 15 mg/h represents the average: some people eliminate alcohol faster (20 mg/h) and others more slowly (10 mg/h)

What is the offence of driving with impaired abilities?

The offence of driving with impaired abilities concerns the symptoms that the person presents that are related to the consumption of alcohol (erratic driving, language difficulty, dexterity problem, red and/or vitreous eyes, etc…)

It is possible to be under the legal limit of 80 mg% while having weakened capacities, especially when the consumption of alcohol is coupled with fatigue. It is forbidden to drive!

Also, remember that many types of medicine and drugs combined with small amounts of alcohol can make you completely unable to drive a vehicle.

What are the consequences of a drinking-and-driving offence?

  • Immediate Suspension of permit: 90 days
  • Fine: Minimum of $1 000
  • Criminal record
  • Revocation of licence: one (1) year

If the result exceeds double the permissible limit (i.e. 160 mg%), this is an aggravating factor and the revocation of the driver’s licence is three (3) years.

However, in both cases, you will be able toreceive your right to drive after three (3) months if you meet all the conditions required by the SAAQ and have an anti-starter with interlock installed in your vehicle.

It goes without saying that this device is not provided for free and that you will have to rent it.

What will happen to me if I refuse to blow?

The offence of refusal, whether at the time of the approved detection device (roadside) or breathalyzer (more accurate test at the police station), results in the same consequences as driving with more than 160 mg.