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:
- A fine
- The loss of your licence for up to 90 days (administrative suspension)
- The impounding of your vehicle for up to 30 days
- Mandatory enrollment into the Responsible Driver Program
- Mandatory entry into the Ignition Interlock Program
- A fee to reinstate your licence
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!