Immediate Roadside Prohibitions in BC (IRPs)
Filkow Law is a leading authority on criminal drinking, impaired driving, drinking and driving laws and the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) regime. The lawyers at Filkow Law have succeeded in hundreds of alcohol-related driving offences and Immediate Roadside Prohibition cases.
An Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) is not a criminal case, but it is also not a traffic ticket. It is a serious alcohol-related offence under the Motor Vehicle Act with a number of immediate and lasting consequences including:
- a 90-day driving prohibition (90 day driving suspension)
- a 30-day vehicle impoundment including towing and storage costs
- a $500 administrative penalty
- a $250 licence reinstatement fee
- completion of the Responsible Driver Program (alcohol counselling) and related costs
- potential (or required) installation of an ignition interlock device in any vehicle that you drive and related costs
- a permanent alcohol-related driving record
The consequences can be even more significant if it is a second alcohol-related prohibition or IRP.
An IRP in BC is issued by a police officer at the roadside in two circumstances:
(1) When the driver is alleged to have failed a roadside screening device test, or
(2) When the driver is alleged to have refused or failed to comply with the roadside test without a reasonable excuse.
The law, evidence, and the review process for IRPs is a very specialized practice area. There are specific legal issues and defences for IRPs in BC that require the assistance of highly experienced counsel.
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