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Impaired driving? IRP? ARP? Do I have a DUI or what?

Impaired driving? IRP? ARP? Do I have a DUI or what?

WATCH: In BC if you were given a driving prohibition by the police in a drunk driving case you’ve probably been issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition.

This is a driving prohibition that the police give you right there at the roadside when you blow into a roadside breathalyzer. Immediate Roadside Prohibitions are called IRPs for short. In addition to the driving prohibition, the police also seize your vehicle for up to 30 days.

The important thing to know is there is a review process for all drinking and driving roadside suspensions and you can have a hearing about the facts in your case.

Thousands of IRP driving suspensions are issued each year in BC. In this province it is the most common type of drunk driving case that we have. Still, there is lots of confusion about the names that we have in BC for drunk driving cases. Most people don’t know what type of DUI case they have.

For example, the criminal drunk driving laws are still on the books. Until the IRP law was introduced, most drivers would have an impaired driving charge, and a criminal charge of driving over .08.

Impaired driving criminal charges

However, impaired driving criminal charges are now very rare in BC. It’s actually fairly common for people to think that they have an impaired driving criminal charge when really they have an IRP. You see, the IRP law is part of the BC Motor Vehicle Act, so it’s not criminal. It’s not a criminal DUI.

Another confusing thing about IRPs is that the Motor Vehicle Act doesn’t call them IRPs.
After writing the law the Government decided to change the name. In the Motor Vehicle Act  IRPs are called Automatic Roadside Driving Prohibitions or A. R. P. for short.

There is a review process

The important thing to know is there is a review process for all drinking and driving roadside suspensions and you can have a hearing about the facts in your case.

But don’t forget, you have only 7 days to file for review of your prohibition after you get it.

So it’s time to contact us. No matter what you call it, Impaired driving, Automatic Roadside Driving Prohibition or just DUI, we have successfully defended more IRPs than any other law firm in British Columbia month after month for years.

Call us now. We’re ready to talk to you about your case.

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