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Can You Visit Canada with an Actual Physical Control DUI?

Even if you are not driving, if you have "physical control" of a motor vehicle when you are drunk you can get a Physical Control DUI. The law dictates that if a person has actual or constructive possession over the key to a vehicle while in the driver's seat and under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, they can be charged with an offense even if the car is not turned on. This means that an individual sleeping in their parked car after a night of drinking alcohol can be arrested by law enforcement and charged with Physical Control under the influence provided the key was in the ignition, on the driver's person, or in close enough proximity to the driver that he or she could easily access it.

When it comes to crossing the border, an Actual Physical Control DWI can render a person inadmissible to Canada and cause them to be denied entry unless they obtain special permission in the form of Criminal Rehabilitation or a Temporary Resident Permit. Even though a Physical Control violation is a lesser offense than a DUI, DWI, or OVI in many states, and first-time impaired driving offenders will often have their charge reduced to Physical Control, it still equates to a serious crime in Canada and is, therefore, an excludable offense. If you have a Physical Control misdemeanor (criminal record) or a Physical Control violation (traffic offense) and need to enter Canada (including immediate entrance due to an emergency), phone our legal team now for a free consultation to discuss your options. Our Canadian immigration attorney has helped many Americans cross the border with an impaired Physical Control violation in their past. There is no assumption of innocence at Canada's border, which means even a Physical Control arrest that has not yet gone to trial can result in issues when attempting to visit Canada.

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