IMPAIRED DRIVING AND PROHIBITIONS


EXPERTS ON ALL DRIVING OFFENCES

We know that it is important for you to be able to drive--for your family, your work, your employment, your life. At Helps Law, we have thousands of hours of experience dealing with the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, ICBC, Crown Counsel and the Courts.

We will get you back on the road.

We have expertise on

Immediate Roadside (IRP) & Administrative Driving Prohibitions (ADP)

Find out more about IRPs

Impaired driving (including causing death or bodily harm) & over 80

Driving while prohibited

Vehicle impoundments

 
In British Columbia, impaired driving charges are rare because of legislation brought in after 2008 that makes it more likely that you will receive a roadside suspension instead of a criminal charge.

However, they do still happen in cases where there is an accident, the driving conduct has been serious or where you've had multiple roadside suspensions.


Motor Vehicle Act offences

What are the two major types of driving matter?

Criminal Code: driving matters that result in criminal charges

Motor Vehicle Act: driving matters that result in Prohibitions and traffic tickets.

The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles has the power to suspend your licence on their own initiative, even without pending criminal charges.

 
ACT URGENTLY

You have 7 days from the date of the roadside stop to file an appeal for an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) or an Administrative Driving Prohibition (ADP).

You must file a dispute as soon as possible through any ICBC Drivers' Services Centre or Service BC office.

Call us immediately if you suspect that you have one of these prohibitions. Our lawyers are available 24 hours to give you expert and invaluable advice with a free 1/2 hour consultation.


HOW WE CAN HELP

The penalty for a first time impaired driving conviction can be catastrophic. The mandatory minimum on first conviction is a criminal record, $1000 fine and a one-year driving prohibition. This can affect your ability to earn a living or to travel and can financially cripple many people.

Just because your breath samples were over .08% does not mean you are automatically guilty. Drunk driving, impaired driving, and accident cases are difficult, technical and procedural.

There is lots of room for negotiation with the police and Crown Counsel and there are many winning arguments at trial.

If you have been pulled over and asked to provide a breath sample or had an accident, contact us urgently to find out your options.

We provide compassionate and invaluable advice with our free 1/2-hour consultation.


GET HELPS NOW

info@helpslaw.com or call 604-879-0006