Immediate Roadside Prohibition in B.C.

HAVE A LAWYER DEFEND YOU AGAINST ROADSIDE PROHIBITIONS!

In British Columbia, if the police believe that you have been driving under the influence of alcohol or a drug, they can proceed in three different ways. If a police officer believes that your driving poses a danger to the general public, or if you have failed or refused to take a breathalyzer test, you can be criminally charged with impaired driving. If this is the case, you should speak to a lawyer at Sicotte & Sandhu now in order to get more information regarding these charges.

If instead you have received either an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) or an Administrative Driving Prohibition (ADP) issued under the Motor Vehicle Act, you need to act quickly. The Province of British Columbia and the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles give drivers only seven days to put the matter into dispute. Consult a lawyer at Sicotte & Sandhu before you lose your right to challenge the driving prohibition.

Failing to Act Could Be Costly

Like regular driving tickets, neither an IRP nor an ADP carries criminal charges, and therefore neither risks giving you a criminal record. But both can result in significant penalties. These can potentially include:

If you are required to participate in any of these programs, you will be required to personally pay the costs for them in addition to all the other fees. Ultimately, an IRP or ADP can wind up costing you thousands of dollars in fees. Driving while prohibited can lead to severe penalties, including large fines and a potential jail sentence.

However, if you are successful in your review, the IRP or ADP is completely removed from your driving record. Your licence will be reinstated at no cost to yourself, there will be no fines or monetary penalties, and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) will pay for the cost of your vehicle impoundment. The difference between thousands of dollars in fees and none at all may boil down to one simple call to speak with a lawyer!

How to Dispute an IRP or an ADP

The process of putting an Immediate Roadside Prohibition or Administrative Driving Prohibition into dispute takes place at an ICBC driver licensing office. There is a filing fee of either $100 for a written review or $200 for an oral review. Once the matter is put into dispute, only then will you be provided with the officer’s paperwork outlining their version of the events that took place at the roadside.

After the matter has been put into dispute, you’ll be required to schedule a date for the review. Often, this date is scheduled within a very short period of time from the time the dispute is made. If you want to retain a lawyer, it is important that you consult with that lawyer before filing for review in order to ensure that the lawyer is available on the scheduled date and time.

Sicotte & Sandhu Can Help

At Sicotte & Sandhu, our lawyers can assist you through the entire process. Because a driver is only able to receive the officer’s paperwork after a dispute is filed, scheduling a lawyer in time for the hearing can be difficult on such short notice.

This Catch-22 leaves many drivers uncertain about whether they want to hire a lawyer before they know the details of the case against them and whether they have a chance of successfully resolving the dispute. At Sicotte & Sandhu, we offer a convenient two-step fee structure to address this problem within the system and remove the uncertainty tied to resolving driving prohibitions:

  • Step 1: For a very reasonable fee, we will file the dispute on your behalf and review the documents with you. You will be provided with an experienced legal opinion regarding the chances of success in your case.
  • Step 2: You get to decide whether you would like to retain a lawyer to represent you for the full hearing. This way you are in full control.

We Will Fight for Your Rights

Avoid waiting in line for hours at an ICBC office in order to file your review. Make sure your driving record isn’t needlessly affected by a driving prohibition. Call Sicotte & Sandhu right now to speak to a lawyer with proven success in Immediate Roadside Prohibition or Administrative Driving Prohibition reviews.

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