Drug Impaired Driving Trial Changes

24 Feb Drug Impaired Driving Trial Changes

 

Drug impaired driving trials get new evidence source

Findings can be entered as evidence at a drug impaired driving trial without a Voir Dire.

Trials concerning drug impaired driving charges get new evidence in today’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling. The Supreme Court attempted to settle a long-standing issue of whether Drug Recognition Experts (specially trained police officers) can have their findings entered as evidence in a drug impaired driving trial without the need for a Voir Dire(admissibility hearing). These changes to evidence admission will make trials regarding drugged-driving charges more challenging for criminal defence lawyers to defend, and could give the police part of the legal tool they have been looking for in anticipation of the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

READ: CTV News – Police opinion deemed expert evidence in drug-impairment trials, SCC rules

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