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M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye is a Nova Scotia freelance writer/editor who has written about legal issues for over three decades. His interest in the law began while working as a reporter in North Carolina, where his coverage included law enforcement and the courts. This interest expanded when he moved to Washington, DC, where he covered legal issues—including two precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court cases—for Inside Washington and then edited a legal digest for a lobbying firm. Since going freelance in 1998, he has written for 12 different law firms and currently writes for two Toronto-area and two Florida-based law firms. In addition to legal issues, M.J. Moye specializes in demographics and is co-author of “Upside: Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead.”

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Earlier this month, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and emergency services responded to a single-car rollover crash that was allegedly caused by a deer on the road that disrupted the driver’s attempt to multitask. According to police, the driver and a passenger were trying to have sexual intercourse when the driver had to swerve to avoid the wayward deer, causing the car to hit a tree before rolling over in a ditch.

The 20-year-old driver was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and being a novice driver with ...

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Memorize the following list and recite it to yourself if you ever find yourself behind the steering wheel of your vehicle, contemplating whether you are sober enough to drive:

  • One-year license suspension.
  • Medical evaluation to determine driving fitness.
  • $1,000 fine (and other fees).
  • Mandatory enrollment in Ontario’s “Back on Track” education/treatment program before license reinstatement.
  • One year use of ignition interlock device upon license reinstatement.
  • A criminal record.

Those are the court-mandated penalties that will be handed down to you if you are convicted of a first-time ...

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If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs in Canada, you face significant penalties if convicted of the charges in court. Most Greater Toronto Area clients who seek the expertise of the criminal defence lawyers of TorontoDUI express concerns about the impact these penalties might have on them. In particular, they worry about the possible suspension of their driver’s license, fines, mandatory participation in alcohol education/treatment programs, and big hikes to their auto insurance premiums.

However, relatively few clients express initial ...

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Commercial drivers generally have a greater responsibility than the average motorist to drive safely. Drivers of buses, taxis, and other passenger-carrying vehicles are responsible for the safety of their passengers. Commercial truck drivers are obviously responsible for their loads, but most also drive larger vehicles that typically cause significantly more damage in motor vehicle accidents than passenger cars and trucks. According to Ontario driving statistics, accidents involving large trucks caused 23% of the province’s traffic accident fatalities in 2017, more than any other contributing cause.

Given this heightened responsibility ...

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Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged two motorists in as many days with going more than double the speed limit on Greater Toronto Area highways after the Thanksgiving long weekend. On Oct. 12th, Aurora OPP arrested a Newmarket driver for driving 221 km/h on the 404’s southbound lane in the York region. This was followed on Oct. 13th by Brampton OPP, who charged an Etobicoke driver for going 201 km/h on Highway 410. Not to be outdone by their urban counterparts, a motorist in Ontario’s ...

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As a frequent reader of our “Knowledge Centre” blog posts, you probably know that Americans and other foreigners who have been arrested for DUI-related offences face significant challenges in trying to enter our country. If not, you must have missed our “Can I enter Canada if I’ve Been Charged with a DUI in the U.S.?” blog post. To recap that article, 50 million Americans are potentially ineligible for admission into our country due to a DUI arrest, and Canada can — and often does — deny entry to any foreign ...

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Canadian motorists are often surprised to learn that refusing or failing to comply with an officer's demand to submit to roadside standardized field sobriety testing (SFST) is a criminal offence that carries the same penalties as a DUI conviction. In 2022, Canadian police charged more than 3,500 motorists with failing to comply with an SFST demand or other roadside screening, according to Statistics Canada.

When police make an SFST demand, motorists only have a few moments to decide whether to submit to the testing or risk arrest. With ...

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If you're a big soap opera fan, you probably know that Emmy Award-winning “General Hospital" star Haley Pullos is taking a leave of absence from her role as Molly Lansing-Davis due to injuries sustained in an April 29th Los Angeles-area freeway accident. “Unfortunately, I was involved in an automobile accident, and I'm doing okay, but I am going to need a little time to recover," the actress told Soap Opera Digest 10 days after the accident.

It took the news media another week to figure out that police ...

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You drink responsibly, right? Not only do you intuitively know that you should drink responsibly, but public service announcements by non-profit organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and governmental bodies like the Liquor Control Board of Ontario frequently remind us to “drink responsibly."

While “drink responsibly" is primarily associated with being responsible by not getting behind the wheel after drinking, being a responsible drinker can also mean limiting your alcohol consumption in the interest of your personal health and for the preservation of public order. Heavy alcohol use can affect ...

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Impaired drivers frequently injure and kill people on Ontario highways and roads. Google something like “impaired driving causing bodily harm in Ontario,” and you can review dozens of sad accounts. For example, the Toronto Woman who was charged last month with multiple DUI-related offences after rear-ending three vehicles at a stop light, causing three injuries and one death. Or, for a more “explosive” story, consider the Kitchener woman who was sentenced to three years in prison for a DUI-related crash in London that resulted in a natural gas explosion that ...

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