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Decision Thursday July 12

The lawyers who argued the remedy arguments in Sivia were contacted today and informed that the decision will be posted on the BC Supreme Court website at 10:30 Thursday, July 12. We've been asked to speculate. One thing seems likely -- the decision will probably be appealed. For the court this is an issue of law. For the Government it is a matter of political survival. For those who suffered under the old 90-day IRP scheme for Fail, this may end up being another unnecessary hurdle. We will post an update with a link to the decision tomorrow morning and further updates...

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Held up by the Interlock

If you received a 90-day IRP for blowing Fail any time between September 20, 2010 and November 30, 2011, and you're still without your license because you're being held up by the Interlock requirement, give us a call. We can get the Interlock requirement suspended quickly. We stopped doing it for a while for clients because we expected a decision from the Court before the end of June on the constitutional challenge. That date has come and gone without a decision. Now the Government seems to believe that this could take until the end of November. So, should you wait? No...

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Drinking and driving is up

drinking and driving is up in Vancouver Criminal Lawyer Paul Doroshenko fights DUI and IRP

The Vancouver police announced Monday that drinking and driving is up -- over the weekend the number of people issued Immediate Roadside Prohibitions was much greater than last year. We note that the Government claims drinking and driving was down significantly in 2011. We also note that the weather was terrible in the most heavily populated regions of British Columbia at this time last year, and in fact 2011 was the year without a summer. So we think it has more to do with the weather than anything. And as we've noted before, drinking and driving numbers decline whenever there are newsworthy...

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Approved Screening Devices in Vancouver

Through Freedom of Information requests we have obtained records for most of the Approved Screening Devices in Vancouver used by the Vancouver Police Department. Many of the ASDs have a history of providing inaccurate results when tested for calibration. Some have a history of major malfunctions. Some have been sent for repair on more than one occasion and then continued to malfunction upon their return. If you have received an Immediate Roadside Prohibition in Vancouver, you should call us so we can investigate the defences in your case. We now have a database of Approved Screening Device records that we can use...

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The Best Criminal Lawyer according to the statistics

The Straight.com is running its Best of Vancouver online survey right now and a number of lawyers are looking for votes as The Best Criminal Lawyer. A week back we asked you to consider voting for Paul because of the work we’ve done over the last 20 months challenging the grossly unfair Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme. At our office we decided that we would take on the task of exposing the IRP scheme for what it is. We still have a long way to go, but we’re not slowing down. In fact, as far as IRPs are concerned, we’re just...

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We have no decision, you have no license

With the much-rumored June 30th decision date passing us by without a decision, we know that there are still hundreds of people out there who are wondering what remedy they can expect from the Court. Among these people are those who were issued an IRP and who did not, after serving their 90-day prohibition, enroll in the Responsible Driver Program or have the Ignition Interlock installed in their vehicles. There are also hundreds of people who have paid for the Interlock but who have not completed the minimum one-year term with the device in their vehicles. We have no decision We are able...

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IRP Update – still no decision from the court

A number of our clients had their driving prohibitions put off (stayed) either because the OSMV didn't render a decision, or because we filed a Petition in Supreme Court to appeal their prohibition. We had expected a decision from the BC Supreme Court before the end of June. The OSMV and the government lawyers were also waiting for a decision. When time was running out, we decided that we needed to act with respect to our clients for whom we filed a Petition. Our concern was that their temporary licenses would expire and there would not be enough time to have...

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Alberta’s new DUI laws

Alberta's DUI law violate the presumption of innocence

Happy Canada Day everyone! Don't start celebrating, however, because Governments are busy trying to take away your legal rights. As of today Alberta's new DUI laws come into effect with respect to their new indefinite license suspension program. If you are in Alberta the punishment starts right away for those who are innocent as well as those who are guilty. Emboldened by the scheming BC Government, the Alberta Government came up with their own plan to do an end-run around the Criminal Code while denying all along that this is what's happening. Here's what everyone should know: If you are charged with...

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Best criminal lawyer & we are ensuring you can drive

The best criminal lawyer Thank you again for following our blog. We try to ensure that the title of each blog post will make sense and make it easy to figure out what the topic is. Sometimes it's hard to come up with a title. Today's post, Best criminal lawyer & we are ensuring you can drive, is not as straightforward as we would like. As far as "best criminal lawyer" is concerned, The Straight is conducting its best-of poll again. It closes in a few days. Some lawyers have been working very hard at soliciting votes for the category Best Criminal...

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