If you have been charged with driving while prohibited, you know how scary it can be. It is a serious offence with serious consequences. If you are a first time offender, you are looking at a one year driving prohibition. If it has happened before, you could go to jail.
Sarah has been defending driving while prohibited charges since 2010. She knows the complex legal issues and defences that are available to people who have been charged with this offence. Sarah will work hard to protect your driving privileges and your liberty.
From My Client
“Sarah dealt with my two driving while prohibited cases and two assault charges. She succeeded in all of them to bring me to a point where I was happy with the repercussions. She is extremely smart, knowledgeable and a hard working individual who takes pride in succeeding with her clients case. I was fortunate enough to come out with zero charges and just a slap on the wrist. For that I truly appreciate your hard work and I will continue to refer clients to you. I am now on the right path in my life and career thanks to you. Sarah is without a doubt one of the top lawyers in her field in Vancouver. THANK YOU.”
Sarah knows how to best approach your case to get the best result possible in your circumstances. She will work hard for you. Sarah is a skilful negotiator and has years of court room experience. Sarah has the tools to succeed on your behalf. She understands her clients’ needs and knows how to properly represent them in court.
If you have been charged with driving while prohibited, call Sarah now to discuss your options.
Is driving while prohibited a criminal offence?
No. Driving while prohibited is an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act, not the Criminal Code. It is not a criminal offence and you are not in danger of receiving a criminal record.
What kinds of penalties am I facing as a result of my driving while prohibited charge?
Driving while prohibited is an offence that carries mandatory minimum penalties. On the first offence, the mandatory minimum penalty is extremely harsh. It involves a one year driving prohibition and a $500.00 fine. You will also receive 10 penalty points on your driving record and could even face jail time. Any subsequence offence increases the chances of going to jail.
I was given a court date. What does it mean?
It means that you must attend court on the date and time given. It is not optional. If you do not attend court, you can expect that a warrant for your arrest will be issued. However, it you hire a lawyer, your lawyer should attend court on your behalf so that you don’t have to.
What happens on my first court date?
Your first court date is simply an opportunity to check in with the court and collect the disclosure documents that the Crown is relying on to prove their case. After you do this, you will receive another court date, which is usually set for two or three weeks down the road. Some people choose to plead guilty at their first court date, prior to even reviewing the disclosure documents. However, this is not advisable. You should speak to a lawyer before doing anything substantive.
Are there any defences to driving while prohibited?
Yes. In this country, you have the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. It is up to the prosecutor to prove that you are guilty of driving while prohibited. The prosecutor has to prove this beyond a reasonable doubt, which can often be tricky. There are defences available to driving while prohibited. You should explore what is available to you with the help of an experienced lawyer.
Can a lawyer help defend me?
Yes. Lawyers have the skills and knowledge needed to help defend you against allegations of driving while prohibited. You should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. Ideally, you should do this prior to your first court date.