Home  |  FAQ  |  Terms  |  About  |  Learn  |  Contact    

Toronto lawyers dedicated to helping people charged with impaired driving

Should you admit you are an alcoholic because of a DUI?

Just because you are charged with DUI does not mean you are an "alcoholic". The term "alcoholic" itself is extremely vague and questionable. Some people who are charged with DUI type offences have extreme problems with alcohol, others do not. Either way, you ought to think twice before admitting an alcohol problem to the world as this can bring many unexpected and unintended consequences.

Why admitting you are an alcoholic may be something you'll later regret

Many individuals immediately attend AA meetings or admit their alcoholism after being charged. While AA uses the word “anonymous” in its name, they encourage their participants to be anything but anonymous by eventually instructing them to admit their alcohol abuse to others. While it is debatable whether admitting alcoholism has any positive impact on helping a person stop drinking, the negative effect it has on their personal, professional, and legal lives is clear.

Admitting you have an alcohol problem can have some extremely serious negative consequences. Here are some that people don't think about (or realize) before they take the plunge and start declaring themselves an "alcoholic". Consider such an admission may:

  1. be used by your ex partner or spouse in court to support taking away or limiting your custody/access/parenting rights relating to your children in family law proceedings;
  2. be used as justification by the Childrens’ Aid Society to limit your freedoms or take your kids away;
  3. provide justification for your employer to fire you or prevent career advancement;
  4. cause professional employment governing bodies to place limits on or suspend your career (as a dentist, doctor, teacher, nurse, law enforcement officer, engineer, lawyer, pharmacist, paramedic, etc.);
  5. give drug companies reason deny you coverage and benefits;
  6. provide life insurance companies reason to deny coverage or benefits;
  7. damage your personal life and reputation and give you a negative label you can never take away;
  8. cause countries may deny you the ability to travel to them based on being a drunkard;
  9. help your insurance company sue you for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cases of a DUI with a payout to an injured third party;
  10. generally, be used against you in court in future criminal, civil, and family law cases.

We encourage people to limit and reduce their alcohol consumption. Admitting to the world, however, that you are an alcoholic can create a negative label, stigma, and problems that cannot be reversed. This label can restrict and limit your current and future opportunities in several unexpected ways.

Remember, most people don’t have a problem with alcohol. It is in the greater interest of society to identify/label those who do, but it is not necessarily in your best interest. It is important that those who choose to make such a public admission are well informed beforehand of the possible side effects and problems it may cause (particularly those they may not have expected).

Call us today.

You don't have to jeopardize your future or waste thousands of dollars on excessive legal fees. We provide effective and affordable lawyer representation for those charged with impaired driving offences throughout Ontario.

Have a skilled criminal lawyer who focuses on impaired driving related charges protect you and your future from the stigma and consequences of a criminal record.

    call us: 647-228-5969


  call us: 647-228-5969


Your case will be defended by a fully licensed Practicing Lawyer of the Law Society of Ontario. For more information about our lawyer, click here.

We provide our clients with:
  • Flat fee pricing
  • US travel advice and information
  • Employment background check advice/services
  • Fingerprints and records destruction services
  • Clear goals of getting charges dropped and bail conditions varied without a trial
  • Help with related immigration issues
  • Vulnerable Sector records suppression help
  • Experienced, focused counsel

* Please note:

If you are not a paying client, we cannot answer questions and provide assistance with U.S. travel, immigration, employment background checks, and avoiding a criminal record. This includes those who have already retained other counsel and those whose cases have already been completed.

Are you a lawyer? If you are defending an impaired driving related case and are looking for expert advice regarding possible defences, case strategies, and information release management call us at: 647-228-5969.

Please note: We do not accept legal aid certificate cases. All clients are handled on a private retainer only.


Your questions and concerns are extremely important to me.


Error: please enable JavaScript and reload this page before using the form.

  Law and Consequences

  We provide:
  • Flat fee pricing
  • U.S. travel advice and information
  • Help with related immigration issues
  • Employment background check advice/services
  • Fingerprints and records destruction services
  • A clear goal of getting the charges dropped without a trial
  • Vulnerable Sector records suppression help
  • Timely resolutions
  • Lawyer/client privilege
  • Experienced, focused counsel