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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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Complicated DUI defence

Complicated DUI defence lawyers

Is there such a thing as a simple DUI case? Certainly some impaired driving cases are more straightforward than others. However, having successfully defended well over a thousand DUI cases over the years, we think that we can reliably say that, as you work on each file, virtually every drinking-driving case is complicated in some manner. Every file has challenges. Some DUI cases have extraordinary facts. Sometimes it hurts, but complicated DUI defence is part of our job. The standard old lawyer mantra is "don't assume that you're guilty just because you blew over .08." It's accurate, but it really doesn't...

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Whether you should appeal an IRP

Whether you should appeal an IRP - the answer is yes

(UPDATE: New reports are that at least 1 in 5 are successful in having their IRP lifted on review. Our success rate is well above the average, so we bring the numbers up.) When the Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme first came into effect on September 20, 2010, there was a lot of discussion among criminal lawyers about whether it was worthwhile to appeal an IRP. Most lawyers who defend DUI-type cases in BC have a dim view of the review process with Administrative Driving Prohibitions for reasons that are almost too numerous to explain. Bearing in mind that the review for...

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Updates on everything

BC Lawyers give you updates on everything

We've been so busy in the last few months that we've barely had a moment to lift our heads and take a look around. Aside from forcing the Government to abide by the law concerning the Interlock and RDP remedial requirements, we've got the IIP lifted for a huge number of clients and the RDP lifted for a great many. We started a class-action lawsuit and began sifting through the information of several hundred people who wish to be a part. We've succeeded in a large number of IRP hearings in April and May. We've resolved dozens of criminal cases...

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Election results

BC election results

In our view the BCLiberals didn't deserve to win the election because they lost they lost their moral compass. They spent taxpayer money promoting their party, they ran mean negative ads and under Premier Clark they merged the Attorney General's office, i.e. the courts, with the Solicitor General's office, i.e. the police. Worst of all, they created the IRP scheme. To us this is despicable. The problem, of course, is that BC voters faced an unpleasant dilemma. For many people the NDP with Adrian Dix leading, were a completely unpalatable choice. As the editorial boards of the major papers noted, Dix...

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Election day

Give them the boot

To start, we apologize for the lack of posts in the last week. We've all been on the road (we defend cases in all parts of British Columbia) and then I fell and hurt myself badly Sunday evening and spent most of the the night in the hospital. In any event, we're back. And I'm bruised with many stitches. And today is election day. We encourage the readers of our blog to ensure that you vote. The IRP scheme is a BCLiberal invention. It's a stupid mistake that continues to cost many innocent people great suffering, financial loss and embarrassment. It...

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Government attempts to fracture the IRP class action suits

Government is trying to fracture the IRP class action

One thing we've learned in the last few years in our battle with this BCLiberal Government over the IRP scheme is that you can't trust this Government to do the right thing. In fact, you can't trust this Government. It's not that every utterance of this Government is a lie. Certainly that's not the case. But everything is political, and this Government is more concerned about protecting itself and maintaining power than things like justice or fairness. In the last few weeks we've seen a great deal of evidence that the Government planning far down the road and doing everything it can...

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Joining the interlock and RDP class action

Joining the interlock class-action claim

The Notice of Claim has been filed and served, so now is the time to take the first step and get your name in to become part of the interlock and RDP class action claim. We have created a web page for each individual to provide us with information that we will need to begin the process of joining the class action claim. The first step to begin the process of joining the claim is to click on the page and complete the form to send us your information: Interlock and RDP class action claim (Click here to get started) There are a...

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The interlock class action is on

Signing the interlock class action suit.

The paperwork has been filed and we can confirm that the interlock class action is on. If you follow our blog you know that we forced the Government to concede that they didn't have the authority to simply make an internal blanket  policy to force everyone who got an IRP or ADP to go through the so-called remedial programs, i.e. pay for and get an interlock (IIP) and pay for and take the Responsible Driver Program (RDP). They were acting beyond their authority and it hurt a lot of people. It turns out that they were doing this as far back...

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