The city of Buffalo lies at the southeastern terminus of the Golden Horseshoe, a rapidly expanding metropolitan area lining the western shore of Lake Ontario, which stretches from Niagara Falls to Oshawa and includes major cities such as Hamilton and Toronto in its swath. Southern Ontario is thus quite a hotspot for travelers throughout the Great Lakes region, with Buffalonians crossing the border every single day to work in the area’s cities and relax on its beaches. Traveling to Ontario, though, is more difficult for drivers who have been convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI). To learn more about entering Canada with a DWI, check out Buffalo DWI attorney Tiffany M. Kopacz’s video below.
Entering Canada with a DWI
Because Buffalo is a city along the New York-Ontario border, a frequent question from clients who have had alcohol-related driving conviction is whether they can cross into Canada. The answer is dependent on a number of factors. Unfortunately, even if you are only convicted of a minor DWAI offense, Canada can use that as a basis to deny you entry into the country. This decision is entirely at the discretion of the Canadian border officials.
If you are convicted of a DWI, DWAI, or DUI charge, your travel to Canada might be compromised. Before you schedule a trip across the border by car, consider instead traveling by plane to ensure you will be able to enter the country. If you have one of these convictions you can do one of two things in order to guarantee entry: you can apply for a temporary resident permit, which would allow you legal status in Canada for a finite period, or for a rehabilitation application.
If you have a conviction and you need to regularly travel to Canada for employment or recreational purposes, you need to consult with an attorney to make sure you file the appropriate application.
If you have questions about entering Canada with a DWI, please contact our dedicated Buffalo DWI Lawyers for aggressive representation.
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