According to a recent news article from Sports Illustrated, Ryan O’Reilly, a center for the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League (NHL), was recently charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).
This DUI arrest occurred in Canada when O’Reilly was allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) of intoxicating alcohol in the Ontario Provence. The provincial police also charged him with fleeing the scene of an accident (hit-and-run). The DUI crash allegedly occurred around 4 a.m. when his pickup truck crashed into a commercial building. The business into which he allegedly crashed was a Tim Horton’s. Tim Horton’s is a doughnut and coffee chain, popular in Canada, that is beginning to open more stores in the United States.
Authorities say O’Reilly was arrested following a single-vehicle crash, after which he and an unknown number of occupants fled the scene of the accident on foot. Provincial police caught up with him on a nearby street. Provincial police say they gave him a breath test and determined he was over the legal limit of 0.08 grams of ethanol per hundred milliliters of blood.
Earlier this month, prior to his arrest, O’Reilly was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres from his previous team, the Colorado Avalanche, as part of a seven-year contract valued at $52 Million.
As our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys can explain, while it is not likely that one of our clients will ever get a DUI in Canada, getting convicted of a DUI in Alabama may have a serious effect on your ability to ever go to Canada again. The reason for this is because in Canada, a DUI or DWI is treated as a felony instead of a misdemeanor, as a first offense DUI is in Alabama.
If you get convicted of a DUI in Alabama, you will most likely not be able to enter Canada for at least 10 years following the date your probation ended. That is at least ten years, because that is the soonest the ban on entry to Canada can be lifted if do not get arrested for anything else again for the ten years following coming off probation. If you are arrested again, you may never be able to be admitted into the nation for the rest of your life.
While this may not be a problem for most people, if you ever have to go there for work and need to come up an excuse why you cannot do your job, it may become an issue. It is also an issue for those who have family in Canada and wish to go up north and visit.
This is, of course, only one of what DUI lawyers call a collateral consequence of a DUI conviction. A collateral consequence is something that can affect you, but is not done by the judge in your case. For example, losing a driver’s license or having to pay higher insurance are all consequences to a DUI conviction, but they are not imposed by the court directly, so they are considered collateral consequences.
It should be noted, in this case involving O’Reilly, he has not been convicted of any crime as of time of this article.