If you need to drive to pay your bills…. you can’t afford to lose your licence!
Don’t give up – your situation is not hopeless. If you lose your licence as a result of a “failed” breathalyzer test reading – our legal team can help.
Did you know that eating certain foods can contribute to a breathalyzer “fail” reading?
The best advice we can offer you is – act fast – you only have seven days to file a dispute.
Why Call Us?
We are a team of experienced criminal defense lawyers, former government prosecutors and ICBC defence lawyers, who believe these prohibitions are flawed and grossly unfair. We believe many innocent drivers are issued roadside suspensions due to police errors and unreliability of their devices.
If you file a dispute and are successful, your IRP will be cancelled.
You will have your driver’s licence reinstated and you will be refunded your vehicle storage and towing fees. Many of these cases are winnable.
The application for review process can be complicated and wrought with pitfalls. Call us for a free case evaluation before filing a dispute with ICBC.
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90 Day Driving Prohibitions
– Quick Facts
Police in British Columbia now have the power to suspend drivers for 90 days (called an Immediate Roadside Prohibition or “IRP”) if the driver blows a “fail” or if they refuse to blow into a hand-held screening device. If a driver receives an IRP their car will be impounded for up to 30 days.
If a suspended driver does not dispute their IRP within 7 days, their suspension stands and they must pay ICBC a $500 penalty to get their licence back. They then have to register for the “Responsible Driver Program” at a cost of $985. They must also pay hundreds of dollars in towing and storage costs for their impounded vehicle.
The BC government now also requires all drivers with a 90 day IRP to pay for and install a $1900+ Ignition Interlock device in their vehicle. This cost does not include additional fees for required periodic device maintenance.
Fight your IRP
To dispute your IRP you must file an “Application for Review” with ICBC. You only have 7 days from the time you are served your suspension. After 7 days – your right to dispute is lost forever.
We believe the government has intentionally imposed this short limit to make the dispute process difficult for drivers.
There are many IRP defences; however, most IRP defences are not obvious – and many suspended drivers don’t file an application for review because they mistakenly believe their case is hopeless.
If you have been suspended, we recommend you call us immediately for a free case evaluation – you can then make an informed decision on whether or not to proceed with an application for review.