Criminal Driving Offences and Motor Vehicle Act Offences

A number of offences, both criminal and those under the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) involve cars, trucks, motorcycles and other motor vehicles.

Unless charges are laid as part of an accident, often driving offences involves no intent to hurt anyone, and no "victims." It can be easy to not take the charges seriously.

The criminal justice system takes them very seriously, whether you do or not. The consequences of being found guilty may be far more severe than one would expect.

At Edward Chu Law Offices, we will help you understand what you may be facing, and keep the consequences to a minimum.

Avoiding Driving Convictions

Any conviction may result in a fine and higher insurance rates, as well as demerit points on your licence. Some charges can leave you without driving privileges for a long time, and may even result in incarceration and a criminal record.

Some of the common charges our lawyer defends include:

  • Driving while impaired (and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08): Also referred to colloquially as DUI or drunk driving. This can involve alcohol, drugs or even prescription medication. The consequences could include losing your licence, paying hefty fines, and a criminal record.
  • Immediate roadside prohibition (IRP): This is a streamlined method of processing impaired driving charges in British Columbia, usually when there is no accident. You lose your driving privileges immediately and your car will be towed right away, and have to pay for towing and installation of an interlock device. You only have seven days to apply to review your IRP issued by the police.
  • Dangerous driving: Whether in conjunction with an accident or not, conviction can have serious consequences and, in case of an accident, may make you more likely to lose a personal injury lawsuit.
  • Driving without a licence
  • Traffic ticket violations: These can include everything from speeding, running a red light to going the wrong way on a one-way street.
  • Distracted driving (driving while operating an 'electronic device'): Texting and driving and talking on a cellphone is seen as deadly as driving while intoxicated. Many jurisdictions are moving toward a zero tolerance approach.

Contact Edward Chu

A driving offence conviction can change your life. Come in to our Richmond office for a free initial consultation. Call us at 604-332-1054 or fill out an online form.