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Ottawa Ontario Criminal Law Blog

What You Need To Know About Bail

Navigating Ontario’s criminal justice system can be daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before. Understanding the rules, regulations, and procedures is stressful and can feel overwhelming.

While no two cases are alike, understanding what to expect can go a long way in helping ease the worry. Here are a few key pieces of information about bail.

Your fragile rights when the police stop you for impaired driving

One of the most intimidating sights for a driver is that of flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Your mind may begin racing, wondering what you may have done wrong. Did you come to a complete stop at that traffic light? Were you driving over the speed limit? As the officer collects your driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, he or she is also trying to determine if you are impaired behind the wheel.

The conversation that takes place during a traffic stop, gives Ontario police a chance look for clues that a driver has been drinking. Is there alcohol on your breath? Are you slurring your words? Do you seem confused? Are your eyes bloodshot or glassy? Any of these signs or others may be enough for the officer to ask you to step out of the vehicle. It is important that you understand your rights in this situation.

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