Your license is important to you and when ICBC wants to take it away, the consequences can be dire. Sarah and her team of legal experts understand this. Sarah has been defending peoples driving privileges since 2010. She knows what to say and how to say it to maximize your chance of keeping your license.
Under the Motor Vehicle Act, the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles has the authority to prohibit any person from driving in British Columbia if they deem it necessary and fit to do so. Most of the time, you will receive notice about the intent to prohibit your license through a letter in the mail, although this is not always the case. Each driving prohibition case is different and requires a nuanced approached.
Sarah and her team of legal professionals understand why driving is important to you. They know how to preserve your rights. Sarah will fight for your ability to drive. She will provide you with the special care and attention that your case requires. Sarah approaches each case in an individual manner. There is no “one-size-fits-all” routine here. Sarah and her team will take the time to interview you and customize their submissions in order to perfectly suit your unique circumstances. At Sarah Leamon Law Group, we know that a personal touch is important.
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At Sarah Leamon Law Group, there are a variety of options for representation in relation to your ICBC prohibition. There is no “one size fits all approach.” You will be empowered to select the lawyer or student at law that best suits you. You will have a team of legal professionals at your disposal.
Whatever option you choose, you can rest assured that your legal professional will handle your case from beginning to end. They will make the best and most thorough arguments in order to get your license back. In addition to their legal work, many of our professionals are also writers, which means that the products they turn out is of the best and highest quality. For example, Sarah is a professional writer and regularly contributor to a number of reputable publications including The Huffington Post.
Our professionals have the skills and expertise needed to successfully defend your case.
Why is RoadSafetyBC trying to prohibit my license?
RoadSafetyBC can prohibit drivers for a number of reasons. However, the most common reason is for public safety concerns due to an unsatisfactory driving record under s. 93(1)(a)(ii) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
Is there a difference between a Notice of Intent to Prohibit letter and a Notice of Prohibition letter?
Yes. You should receive a Notice of Intent to Prohibit letter prior to receiving a Notice of Prohibition. However, this is not always the case. If all goes the way it should, the Notice of Intent to Prohibit letter puts you on notice that RoadSafetyBC intends to take your license away for a particular period of time. It then gives you an opportunity to dispute your prohibition if you wish to do so. If you do not dispute your prohibition, then a Notice of Prohibition letter will follow in the mail.
What can I do if I get a Notice of Intent to Prohibit letter?
You have two options. The first option is to acknowledge the prohibition and start serving it. You can do this by signing the Notice of Intent letter itself and returning it, along with your driver’s license, to RoadSafetyBC. If you do this, then you are prohibited from driving and cannot operate a motor vehicle for the term indicated in the letter. The second option is to request a review of your proposed driving prohibition. If you wish to do this, you must act within 21 days of the date on the letter.
I want to dispute my prohibition, what do I do next?
You need to make written submissions within 21 days of the date on your Notice of Intent to Prohibit letter. These submissions must be sent to RoadSafetyBC, along with a $100.00 certified cheque or money order. However, it would be wise to talk to a lawyer before proceeding.
Can I keep driving while my prohibition is in dispute?
So long as you are able to get your submissions in within the 21 day timeline period to do so, you can continue driving until you receive a response from RoadSafetyBC.
What will the response from RoadSafetyBC say?
Each response from RoadSafetyBC is crafted on a case-by-case basis. An adjudicator at RoadSafetyBC will review your file and your submissions. They will make a determination about whether or not they should impose the prohibition as proposed in your Notice of Intent to Prohibit letter. The adjudicator will consider a number of factors in deciding what to do, including the hardship that you will suffer as well as the public interest in prohibiting you from driving. The adjudicator has the ability to revoke the prohibition altogether or to reduce it to a more manageable period of time. The adjudicator may also decide to impose the prohibition as originally contemplated.
I disputed my prohibition and lost. Is there anything else I can do?
You still have options, but you need to act quickly. You should speak to a lawyer about them right away.
What can I do if I get a Notice of Prohibition letter?
You can still dispute the prohibition, but there are some limits to doing so. You should speak to a lawyer right away to learn more.
If I ignore my prohibition, will it just go away?
No. Ignoring your prohibition is never a good idea. If you do not acknowledge your prohibition, you risk being stopped by a police officer and served with it in person. If this occurs, your vehicle could be towed and you could incur significant additional expense.
How can a lawyer help me dispute my prohibition?
A lawyer knows what to say and how to approach your case in order to maximize your chance to success on review. A lawyer can represent you on review and craft submissions on your behalf. A lawyer can also provide you with valuable advice about how to best represent yourself.