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Acumen Law on tour - BC DUI lawyers travel all around to help clients and explain IRP driving prohibitions

In the last year we've been all over the place to speak to other lawyers and experts about the DUI laws in BC and to advance our skills as Criminal Lawyers. Our stance on IRPs has made us controversial and popular. Whenever we get the chance, we explain to people what the Government is doing in BC and why it's so very wrong. We've been to so many places that for us it feels like it's Acumen Law on tour. In the last 9 months we've been to Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and Alberta all for the purpose of speaking to...

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Your interlock worries are over

Your interlock worries are over

If you received an IRP before November 30, 2011, for blowing Fail we can confirm that your interlock worries are over. We represent a great number of people who were issued 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions under the first version of the IRP scheme. For the clients who were unsuccessful on review, and who gave us the instructions to appeal their IRP decision, we filed Petitions in BC Supreme Court. Filing the Petitions caused the so-called Remedial Programs (IIP and RDP) to be suspended pending the decision in Sivia. On November 30, 2011,  the Court gave the first Sivia ruling. The Government took...

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Chipping away at the Immediate Roadside Prohibition law

Chipping away at the Immediate Roadside Prohibition law

We've never been certain that the IRP law would be struck down by our courts, but we've been fairly certain that by chipping away at the immediate roadside prohibition law we could cause the scheme to become irrelevant. So for us this has been our long-term strategy. And it's working. When the IRP law came into force many lawyers wanted to get the judicial challenge on right away, regardless of the fact pattern in the case that was advanced. It's true that it shouldn't matter -- if the law is unconstitutional, it is unconstitutional regardless of the facts of any one...

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The most information about bad breathalyzers

Roadside gamble (note: ASD image altered for dramatic effect)

We have written many blog posts about bad breathalyzers, malfunctioning units, incorrect police calibration of ASDs and the simple things that so often lead to inaccurate breath results. And if we had the time we could write two blog posts a day describing some of the amazing and horrible things that we find about the Alco-Sensor IV breathalyzers that the police use in BC. Of course, we collect records concerning ASDs used by police forces all over BC. We would love to get an economist or statistician to sit down with our records and IRP library to determine the propensity of...

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Our prediction on the appeal of the Alberta DUI law

Albertans won't put up with any horse shit.

We have strong connections to Alberta so we've been closely watching the developments in the legal challenge to the Alberta DUI law that came into effect last year. The anniversary of the law is now less than a week away. The challenge to the law is now before the courts. We're ready to make a bold (perhaps foolish) prediction of the outcome. In a blog post from the time, we explained the effects of the new law and why we feel that it is a clear violation of the presumption of innocence. Reading it again today we think that our post...

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The most information about Immediate Roadside Prohibitions

The Most Information about IRP DUIs

In a recent blog post we bragged about our IRP Appeal Library. We received some emails in response pointing out that our blog and our website has the most information about Immediate Roadside Prohibitions you'll find anywhere. We know that. And thank you very much. We're doing our best to ensure that as many people as possible succeed on their IRP appeal. For us as lawyers there is nothing that bothers us more than the thought of innocent people who end up stuck with an IRP that they didn't deserve. In the blog post we mention that we use our library...

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The most important points from the UVic paper on IRP statistics

The numbers don't show what they say

The IRP news today is all about the UVic paper on IRP statistics. We’ve read it. The news reports are inaccurate and there are some significant difficulties with the paper in our opinion. The most important thing that they say is hidden in the last pages of this paper and that is this: they can’t distinguish between the impact of the intervention itself or the associated publicity. (page 13) In other words the law itself may be completely irrelevant. It’s the publicity about it that contributes to the purported decline in drinking and driving. Then they say that short term changes may not...

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IRP appeal library

Our IRP appeal library is always expanding

On Saturday June 15, 2013, it will have been one year since the Immediate Roadside Prohibition / IRP scheme came back into effect. Of course, the BC Supreme Court found the first botched version of the legislation unconstitutional. Whether the second version of the legislation is constitutionally valid is a matter now before the Court. This is set for a hearing in September. And the Court of Appeal is still ruminating on the first version of the IRP law. They could render their decision any day. One day we'll write the complete history of the IRP scheme, or the obituary if...

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Types of DUIs in BC

Summary of the main DUIs in BC

There are now a number of different types of DUIs in BC and we defend all of them. The most common two types of DUIs are Immediate Roadside Prohibitions and Criminal Code drunk driving charges. We receive a lot of calls from people who don't know what type of DUI they've got. So here is a quick breakdown of the types of DUIs in BC that are most common and what it all means. Immediate Roadside Prohibitions - IRP These are the most common DUIs in BC. The entire process happens at the roadside. A police officer uses an Approved Screening Device...

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We won’t back down

We won't back down in our IRP challenges

When it comes to certain things, we won't back down. About three years ago the Government introduced the legislation to bring in Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP). For us that was the start of a campaign to protect the people of BC from this legislation. It's been a difficult struggle but as regular readers of our blog already know, we've gained a lot of ground. That's because we won't back down. Every time we get an illogical or untenable review decision, we encourage our clients to appeal it. Win or lose, we want the BC Supreme Court to know the type of...

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