Can I Visit Canada with a DUBAL?
Driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level, or DUBAL, is an alcohol related driving violation in Florida similar to a DUI or DWI. Any person found to
be operating a motor vehicle with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) may be cited for DUBAL. When a potential drunk driver is
pulled over by the Police for probable cause, a DUI charge is first initiated. If the driver agrees to submit to a blood or breath test, however, and
the result shows a blood alcohol content above .08, he or she will likely be charged with driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level (DUBAL). The
Canadian equivalent of a DUBAL is a hybrid offense that can be an indictable offense, meaning that a DUBAL can render a person inadmissible to Canada due to criminality just like a DUI or DWI. This means that anyone with a DUBAL on their record may need a Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation or else they risk a denial at the Canada border.
Have a DUBAL and need to travel to Canada? Phone us for a free consultation.
Individuals charged with driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level in Florida may have their driver's license suspended for six months for
the first offense, and for one year for all additional offenses. On the date of arrest, the offender may be given a 10-day driving permit which
gives them some time to make alternative transportation arrangements, but after this permit has expired they will not be able to apply for a hardship
license until they have served at least 30 days of the driving suspension. In order to be issued a hardship license a person must be enrolled in a
DUI school and require a driver's license to get to their job or place of business.
If you have a DUBAL conviction (or even just an arrest) on your record and are thinking about traveling to Canada, contact us now. Regardless of whether your DUBAL is from Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Tallahassee, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, or another part of Florida, we can help you cross the Canadian border.