Author: Frederick Vaiana
If you are charged with Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”), Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”), Operating While Intoxicated (“OWI”), or the commonly referred to per se offenses, and have plans to travel to Canada, you should be aware that if you are convicted of these types of crimes you may very well be denied entry. Even Reckless Driving may keep you out.
Effective December 18, 2018, Canada is reclassifying these types of offenses from those of “criminality” to “serious criminality.” This means those convicted of these types of offenses may be denied entry, even for vacation, for anywhere from 5 years, 10 years, or even longer. Canada has long had a strict policy against impaired driving, and it’s getting tougher than ever.
If travel to Canada is in your future and you are charged or convicted of any criminal offenses, consult with a lawyer familiar with the Canadian consequences of criminal convictions. While Attorney Vaiana is not licensed to practice law in Canada, he does have experience guiding clients through the process of Canadian entry. He’s worked with Canadian immigration attorneys, specializing in border law, to help his clients gain admission to Canada.
Starting December 18, 2018 entry into Canada will become even more difficult for those with criminal backgrounds. Consult with someone who understands the nuances of this area of the law.