Most people facing criminal charges have never broken the law before and have no criminal records. Due to the stress of being arrested and simply wanting the problem to go away as quickly as possible, they forget they have rights and to exercise them. They actually hurt their own cases because they confess to the crimes or provide detailed information to the police. Instead of resolving their problems quickly and returning to their normal lives, now they could lose their jobs, their reputations in the community, and even end up being sentenced to jail.
Instead of being charged with the criminal offence of impaired driving, you are charged with a Provincial Offence for blowing in what is considered the “warn range” at a RIDE Program check point. A “warn range” offence is not a criminal offence. The penalties for a “warn range” offence are immediate and cannot be appealed in a court of law. In addition, the offence is recorded onto your driver’s record and applies to your driver license, too.