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Impaired Driving Basics: Cross-examining the Arresting Officer

with John Hale

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Learning Options:

Live webinar with chat*
includes 60 day replay

9:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific)
10:00 am – 11:30 am (Mountain)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Eastern)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Atlantic)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (Newfoundland)

*This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A. SK attendees please verify whether you align with Central (MB) or Mountain (AB) time based on season and location.

Registration Fee:

Save $25
Register on or before September 23, 2022
$140.00 + HST

Register after September 23, 2022
$165.00 + HST

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CPD Credit Hours:

CPID Credit Hours

ON: This program contains 1.5 Substantive hours.

BC: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

SK: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

NB: CPD application is pending.

Lawyers in other mandatory CPD jurisdictions may count their attendance towards their CPD requirement/plan.

Seminar Partners is an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario and a pre-approved CPD Provider of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Technical Information:

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Who Should Attend

This program is a must-attend for anyone practising, or hoping to practice, in the area of impaired driving law. The course is delivered from the defence perspective.

About the Program

Cross-examination is one of the strongest keys to winning an Impaired or DUI trial. There are many technicalities the Crown must prove in an impaired driving case and the arresting officer’s investigation provides one of the most fertile grounds for obtaining an acquittal. This 90-minute presentation will focus on essential aspects of the arresting officer’s investigation, including observations of the vehicle and defendant, administration of field sobriety tests, use of approved screening devices, and breathalyzer demands and tests. Experienced criminal defence counsel John Hale will describe strategies involved in cross-examining the arresting officer, with practical examples of common defence arguments, including:

  • issues relating to driver identification
  • incorrect testing or protocols for determining impairment
  • differing opinions about intoxication
  • testing and demand delays
  • improper maintenance or operation of approved screening devices or breathalyzers

The course will not address s. 10 (b) Charter arguments. Register today and get practical tips and tools to help improve your effectiveness and boost your confidence in your next cross-examination of an arresting officer.

Meet Your Presenter

John Hale

John Hale is a criminal defence lawyer, based in Ottawa. He has been practising criminal defence law (both trial and appellate advocacy) for over 30 years. A certified specialist in criminal law by the Law Society of Ontario, John’s practice includes every criminal offence imaginable - from the routine (thefts, frauds, impaired driving/DUI, youth matters, drug charges, sexual assaults) to the less commonplace (murder, forcing a snake into a toilet, attempted assassination of the Prime Minister). He also appears before the Ontario Review Board in mental health matters. John has conducted over 1000 trials, including 50 plus jury trials. He has argued more than 50 appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal and a handful of cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including R. v. Jordan/R. v. Williamson. John has taught law for more than 24 years, including courses in Evidence in the Faculty of Common Law at University of Ottawa, and courses in Criminal Law, Youth and Criminal Justice, and Medical Issues in Criminal Law in Carleton University's Department of Law. In 2018 John became a member of the Bar of the Northwest Territories, where he regularly conducts trials and appeals, and attends the circuit courts. John is a current Vice President of the Criminal Lawyer's Association.

Schedule (Eastern)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Challenging the Investigation

Challenging Observations of Driving

Challenging Observations During Personal Contact

Challenging Field Sobriety Tests

Challenging Approved Screening Devices and Their Results

Challenging the Officer’s Finding of Impairment

Challenging Intoxilyzer Demands

Program Wrap-up and Evaluation

Returning Registrant

Registration Fees

All costs are in Canadian dollars before taxes.

HST/GST: 848208492

Until September 23, 2022

Impaired Driving Basics: Cross-examining the Arresting Officer with John Hale, Thursday, October 6, 2022

After September 23, 2022

Impaired Driving Basics: Cross-examining the Arresting Officer with John Hale, Thursday, October 6, 2022

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