Here are five tips to help you find the best Ontario criminal lawyer for your drinking and driving case:

1. Is defending over 80/impaired driving charges a significant part of the lawyer’s practice? Drinking and driving law is a complex and constantly evolving area of the law.  Constant research, education, and courtroom experience is required to stay on top of the best impaired driving defences.

2. Does the lawyer understand the technical aspects of breath testing machines? Cases are often won based on problems such as residual mouth alcohol, error codes, or a rising blood alcohol level defence.  Lawyers who lack technical knowledge, or who dabble in impaired driving law, will overlook these defences.

3. Will the lawyer meet with you to discuss your case? Meeting with a lawyer allows you to evaluate their knowledge, competence, and professionalism.  After an initial meeting you should have a good idea of your potential defences.   The lawyer should be able to provide a range of the estimated costs.

4. Avoid lawyers who make promises about the outcome of your case. It is unethical and impossible to guarantee the result of a case.  There is nothing wrong with being confident or optimistic about the outcome of a case.  An experienced lawyer, however, will give you a realistic assessment of your case and will tell you litigation always involves some uncertainty.

5. Is the lawyer willing to go to trial to win your case? The reality is that a successful result in a drinking and driving case usually requires a trial.  Your lawyer must have the courtroom skills to cross-examine police officers and experts in order to succeed.