Driving while prohibited is a serious offence with serious consequences. Mandatory minimum penalties are in place for offenders found guilty of this Motor Vehicle Act violation. First time offences can face a minimum driving prohibition in the term of twelve months plus a five hundred dollar monetary fine. Repeat offenders can land in jail.
If you have been charged with driving while prohibited, you know how scary it can be. Being detained and investigated by police at the roadside in relation to a driving offence can be a daunting ordeal. Being issued with a court date certainly does not help matters any.
Sarah Leamon 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 and her team will work hard to protect your driving privileges and your liberty.
Scroll down to read real testimonials from our clients and to learn answers to the most common questions that we get about driving while prohibited cases.
From OUR ClientS
“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.”
“A huge, huge thank you to Sarah Leamon. I was facing an intimidating charge of Driving While Prohibited and truly felt my case was in the best hands throughout the entire process. I was proved right with a better outcome than I could have ever imaged. Sarah was so prompt and reassuring when I initially reached out to her and her team was so patient and helpful when it came to my many questions. The day of the hearing was made so much less stressful knowing that such an accomplished and skilled lawyer was there on my side. Thank you Sarah for everything. I am so grateful and 100% recommend her services to anyone who may find themselves in need of representation.”
“Puneet Klar was fully knowledgeable, approachable, efficient and helpful. I would highly recommend her to anyone with a driving while prohibited case.”
Although being charged with Driving While Prohibited may feel hopeless, it isn’t.
The lawyers at Sarah Leamon Law Group know how to best approach your case in order to get the best result possible in your circumstances. They will work hard for you. Sarah and her team are skilful negotiators with many years of court room experience. They have the tools necessary to succeed on your behalf.
If you have been charged with driving while prohibited, call Sarah Leamon Law Group now to discuss your options. Our team of legal professionals are available 24/7.
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.