Two Serious Criminal Offences in Canada
Criminal offences in Canada are increasing day by day and are causing a great loss to life and property. Impaired driving and domestic assault are two common offences in Canada which can have disastrous consequences on individuals. This article throws light on some of the harmful effects of the two on an individual.
Impaired driving- It is the act of driving any vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The number of such cases in Canada is increasing day by day thus causing a huge threat to life. As per the Canadian statistics, from 2008 to 2009, the number of DUI or related cases have noticed an increase of around 18%. Around 3,000 are injured or killed in such cases every year. This crime is highly common among youth.
Some of the consequences of this offence include:
• The individuals caught for first time can be forced to pay heavy fines.
• The individuals with a blood-alcohol concentration level between 0.05 and 0.08 per cent can face driving bans for 1-2 years.
• Those who are caught in such cases many times are forced to pay heavy fine as well as driving bans for long period.
Domestic or spousal assault cases-Domestic or spousal violence is another big crime which is rising with every changing day. Violence is defined as an abusive behavior in any of the relationships like marriage, friends, family etc. It can in any form whether physical, emotional, sexual etc. There has been a high increase in such cases from 2004 to 2008. There were around 23,000 such incidents reported in Canada last year.
Harmful consequences of violence cases include:
• The accused can be forced to pay heavy penalties.
• Not only this, he or she can also be imprisoned for a 2-5 years
• In case of death, the accused can be imprisoned for 14 years.
In both these cases, it is very important to hire an experienced criminal lawyer who can help one to come out of this serious situation. There are many criminal lawyers who are offering efficient services in this regard so as to help individuals get out of this troublesome situation.