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Driving Prohibitions & Driving While Prohibited

Driving While Prohibited

Driving while you are prohibited is a serious Motor Vehicle Act or criminal offence. The subject prohibition may be triggered by a bad driving record, a drinking a driving offence, a judge-made order in court, an indefinite prohibition, or other reasons.

Are you facing charges for driving while prohibited in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey or Kelowna, BC?
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Police Investigations

Cars connected to the prohibited driver are flagged in police databases to assist police in finding prohibited drivers. Many police cars are equipped with Automatic License Plate Recognition software that can detect specific license plates from hundreds of cars in the vicinity. This allows the police to scan for potential prohibited drivers in their surroundings and pull cars over if they are flagged.

Consequences of Driving while Prohibited Convictions

Do not plead guilty to a driving while prohibited charge before meeting with a lawyer to discuss your options. If you are found guilty of driving while prohibited, consequences include a record, lengthy mandatory driving prohibitions, significant financial penalties, and possible jail time. Ten penalty points will also be added to your driving record. Those penalty points will trigger a driver point insurance premium and the possibility of an extended driving prohibition from RoadSafetyBC.

Convictions for driving while prohibited carry a mandatory minimum one-year driving prohibition. A mandatory 14-day jail sentence is imposed for subsequent convictions of driving while prohibited.

Defending a Driving while Prohibited Charge

Most people have never been to court before and are not familiar with the process. If you are charged with driving while prohibited, hire a lawyer that will attend court for you and create a strategy to defend your charges. There are multiple ways to defend a driving while prohibited charge that require an understanding of the Charter, Motor Vehicle Act, and technical issues. It is important to find a lawyer that is experienced in driving law to help you find the right solution for your personal circumstances.

Hiring a Lawyer

Driving while prohibited is a specialized area of criminal law with many legal and factual components that must be addressed. Filkow Law has represented hundreds of clients that have been charged with driving while prohibited in its 25-year history. We understand how these charges can be defended and we know how to achieve a successful resolution for our clients. Call us to deal with your driving-related issue quickly and efficiently.

It’s vital to have an experienced criminal lawyer to defend you against driving while prohibited charges.