Surrey Driving Offences Lawyer
Although some traffic violations appear insignificant, many can have long-term repercussions. Convictions for traffic offences can trigger increased insurance rates, lead to the suspension of your driver’s licence and, in some cases, result in jail time.
If you’ve been charged with a traffic offence, it’s essential to hire a driving offences lawyer to explain the consequences fully and guide you through the legal process without escalating the situation. Basra Law Group’s skilled driving offences lawyers have the courtroom experience and keen statutory knowledge necessary to represent you in court and minimize the repercussions of your offence.
At Basra Law Group, we provide legal services for the following driving offences:
The Motor Vehicle Act defines excessive speeding as exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 km/h. The faster you drive, the higher the fine. For example:
- You will receive a $368 fine and three penalty points added to your driving record if you exceed the speed limit by more than 40 km/h.
- Going over the speed limit by more than 60 km/h will result in a $483 fine and three penalty points added to your driving record.
Even if you are caught speeding because you missed a speed limit sign, or your vehicle’s speedometer was malfunctioning, you may be disqualified from driving if you receive 12 or more points within three years. Our dedicated Surrey driving offences lawyers will fight for your rights and provide expert legal representation to help you navigate the complex process of contesting a speeding ticket.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence (DUI) refers to the act of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the point when it impairs the driver’s judgment and safety while driving. The legal limit for blood alcohol content is 80 mg or more alcohol per 100 ml of blood. You may be subject to the following sanctions if you’re found driving while intoxicated:
- a driving ban of 90 days
- jail time
- vehicle impoundment
- a fine of several thousands of dollars
- mandatory rehabilitation
- installation of ignition interlock in your car
DUI is a violation of your insurance policy. If you cause an accident while driving drunk, you may be liable for the property you damage or the injuries you cause. You may also be required to pay a driver risk premium along with your insurance. Our experienced Surrey criminal lawyers will use the most effective defence against the charges according to the circumstances of your case.
Reckless driving includes driving aggressively, excessive speeding, collisions that end in fatalities or serious injuries, driving without regard for the safety of others or property and abrupt lane changes. The penalties for reckless driving may include:
- six demerit points for two years
- a $490 fine
- a three-year increase in your insurance premium
A fine of up to $50,000 may be charged for reckless driving resulting in injury, and you may face a five to 10-year prison sentence. At Basra Law Group, our Surrey criminal defence lawyers will work hard to defend you against the long-term consequences of a reckless driving conviction.
Refusal to Provide a Breath Sample
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, it’s an offence to refuse or fail to provide a breath sample upon demand from a police officer. If you refuse a breathalyzer test, you can be charged with refusing to comply with a police demand. A conviction for this charge results in a lifelong criminal record and a long driving prohibition.
If you’re charged with refusal to provide a breath sample, our driving offences lawyers will work with the prosecution to get the charges dismissed or reduce the penalties.
Stop Sign Violation
A stop sign violation typically consists of passing through a stop sign or similar traffic signal without stopping correctly. This violation can lead to the following consequences:
- a conviction of the ticket on record for up to three years
- a $110 fine
- three demerit points
- fault in an accident situation
- an increased insurance rate
Contact our driving offences lawyers if you run a stop sign and receive a ticket. We will help you fight the charges and keep your driving record clear of demerit points.