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Charged with DUI: Why did the police fingerprint me and take my mugshot if I am not yet convicted or found guilty?

There are almost no criminal offences in Canada that the police will not fingerprint the accused for when charged. They have a right to do so under the Identification of Criminals Act. The name of the legislation is misleading because just because someone is fingerprinted does not make them a criminal or guilty of anything. Everyone in Canada is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The police can and always will fingerprint and take the mugshot of everyone charged with a DUI related offence. They do this because they want to identify who the person is without a doubt. People can share names and dates of birth and it is important that they know exactly who they are charging. They will often ask about and take pictures of tattoos, scars and other identifying marks as part of the fingerprinting process.

When the police take your fingerprints they will provide it to the RCMP to be entered into the CPIC database which is accessible and used by all law enforcement agencies in Canada and the USA (including U.S. Customs).

It is also likely available to law enforcement in other countries such as the U.K. and Australia. CPIC is the main database federal agencies such as IRCC will use when deciding on immigration applications.

If this whole process and the information sharing seems scary to you, it should. It can come up and negatively impact your travel, immigration, background checks, employment, etc. for the rest of your life.

In some cases the fingerprints and mugshot along with the information in the RCMP CPIC database can be destroyed but that will depend on your personal history and the outcome of the case.

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.

We only can take calls/emails relating to Ontario, Canada area cases. Please see our FAQ for a listing of the courthouses we service.

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.


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  • U.S. travel advice and information
  • Help with related immigration issues