What To Do If I'm Charged with an IRP in BC

Written by Jerry Steele


What To Do If I'm Charged with an IRP in BC

Written by Jerry Steele

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An immediate roadside prohibition or IRP is a serious matter in BC, potentially leading to the immediate suspension of your driver’s licence and vehicle impoundment. If you’ve received an IRP, taking action promptly is crucial. Here’s what you need to know and do:

Act Quickly: You have a limited window of seven days from the time you receive an IRP to dispute the charge. Waiting can result in forfeiting your right to fight it.

Seek Legal Representation for an IRP

Many individuals mistakenly believe their IRP case is hopeless and forgo seeking legal assistance. However, there may be grounds for a successful appeal you’re unaware of. Trust in an experienced IRP lawyer like Jerry Steele to explore every avenue for your defence.

Some of the potential grounds for successfully disputing an IRP include:

  • Defective Breathalyzer or Other Testing Equipment: The accuracy and maintenance records of the testing equipment used in your case can be challenged.
  • Improper Conduct by Law Enforcement: Discrepancies in officer testimony or evidence can cast doubt on the validity of the IRP.
  • Medical Conditions or Medications: Certain medical conditions or medications can influence the results of a breathalyzer test and may be used as a defence.

Take Steps to Protect Your Licence

If you’re facing an IRP, your licence is at risk. However, you can take steps to lessen the impact on your driving privileges. First and foremost, do not drive during the period of your suspension. Doing so can lead to further penalties and criminal charges.

You may also be able to apply for a temporary or restricted licence that permits you to drive for specific purposes like commuting to work or attending medical appointments. Consult with a lawyer specializing in IRP cases as soon as possible to determine if this is an option for you.

Understand Your Rights

As the accused, the burden of proof falls on you to provide evidence for an appeal. An experienced IRP lawyer can help you navigate the complexities of IRP law in BC and gather the necessary proof to fight the charges effectively.

Why Choose Jerry Steele for Your BC IRP Lawyer

With years of experience in criminal defence law, Jerry Steele is dedicated to challenging unjust IRPs and securing a good possible outcome for his clients. His track record of success and commitment to client advocacy make him a top choice for IRP defence in BC.

Don’t hesitate to reach out for a case evaluation. With 24/7 availability and no hourly rates, Jerry Steele is here to provide the support and guidance you need during this challenging time.

If you’re facing an IRP in BC, don’t navigate the legal process alone. Contact Jerry Steele today at 778-700-0012 to fight for your legal rights and protect your driving privileges.