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Your Guide to Driving While Prohibited by Criminal Driving Lawyers in Calgary

What is Driving While Prohibited?

Driving while prohibited is one of several criminal driving charges in the Criminal Code. It is the colloquial term for section 320.18 of the Canadian Criminal Code: Operation while Prohibited. An operation while prohibited charge is laid when the police believe that you have driven a vehicle while you have been forbidden from doing so, either by:

  • Criminal driving prohibition order, or
  • Traffic suspension stemming from a criminal case.

In order to be convicted for driving while prohibited, the Crown must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you:

  • Operated a motor vehicle, a vessel, an aircraft or railway equipment,
  • While prohibited to do so,
  • By either an order made in the Criminal Code, or
  • By any other form of legal restriction imposed by Parliament or by provincial law, stemming from a criminal case,
  • With knowledge of the prohibition.

A charge for driving while prohibited often follows a charge for another driving offence. If you have been pulled over for another reason, the officer will make sure that you are authorized to operate the vehicle that you are driving. The other offences that can instigate a driving while prohibited charge include:

If you are prohibited from driving as part of a sentence for a criminal offence, a court order will specify the length of your driving prohibition. If you drive before that suspension ends, you risk being found guilty of driving while prohibited.

The provision for operation while prohibited in the Canadian Criminal Code is:

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The Alberta Justice System is staunchly committed to increasing safety on the roads. The Calgary Police Service is equipped with a large team: 1900 law enforcement officers maintain traffic safety in the city. Alberta has enforcement programs to specifically catch those who drive while prohibited.

There is a range of penalties for driving while prohibited. Jail is not uncommon for this offence. In fact, the starting sentencing position in Alberta is 30 days’ jail. However, you can be given anything from a discharge (a finding of guilt with no criminal record), to a fine and/or probation, to a period of incarceration.

It is important to bear in mind the definition of “operate” in the Criminal Code, in order to determine the physical elements of operation while prohibited:

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As per this definition, you can be charged with driving while prohibited for your operation of a vehicle, boat, aircraft, or railway equipment. Furthermore, as per (b), you can be charged even where the vehicle is not in motion. “Care and control” is all that’s required to convict, which does not necessitate the physical act of driving.

Driving While Prohibited vs. Driving While Unauthorized

Driving while prohibited is a criminal charge that is much more serious than a charge of “driving while unauthorized” under the Traffic Safety Act of Alberta. A criminal driving while prohibited charge can arise from a criminal offence, or from breaches of provincial disqualification or suspension stemming from a criminal case.

With a driving while prohibited charge, the Calgary Police Service will take your photograph and fingerprints and you will have a police file. A conviction for driving while prohibited may result in a criminal record, whereas convictions under the Traffic Safety Act will only appear on your Driver’s Abstract.

End of Prohibition Order does not end Suspension

It is important to note that court-imposed driving prohibitions and the driving prohibitions imposed by the provincial government do not always run for the same length of time. If you receive a one-year driving prohibition in court, you will still need to take additional steps to end the government-imposed license suspension, even if your court-imposed driving prohibition has ended.

A suspension does not end when the term of suspension expires. At the end of the suspension term, you are eligible for reinstatement, but this does not occur automatically. It is very common for people to not realize this and be charged with driving while prohibited because they believed (in error), that they could start driving right away.

Do not drive until you have met the terms of reinstatement and have your license back.

In Alberta, once you pay any outstanding fines related to the suspension and complete the required court or government-mandated programs, you can apply to get your license back.

Investigation of Driving While Prohibited Charges in Calgary

An investigation of a driving while prohibited charge is usually initiated at a routine police stop, at the scene of an accident, or after a driver is pulled over or pursued.

It is possible that officers from the Calgary Police Service will stakeout your address and wait for you to operate your vehicle if you are prohibited from driving. In recent years, it has become more common for police to be on the lookout for people driving while disqualified or suspended. We have seen cases where the police conduct surveillance for hours on the homes of prohibited drivers to wait for them to slip up.

As automated licence plate readers (ALPR) become more widely used across Canada, the Calgary Police Service may soon have the technology to automatically identify prohibited drivers.

If an officer pulls you over, checks the validity of your license, and finds that you are prohibited, you will be arrested.

It is important that while in police custody, you say no more than necessary. The charge carries the possibility of jail time, so ask to speak to your lawyer.

Bail Process and Conditions for Driving While Prohibited Charges in Calgary

How do I get myself or a loved one out on bail for driving while prohibited charges in Calgary?

For operation while prohibited charges, the police will often release you with paperwork to attend court and obtain fingerprinting. A formal bail hearing will not be necessary, however, there may be tight restrictions placed on your release, nonetheless.

Committing this offence is evidence that you may not take orders seriously, whether court-imposed or administrative. This will cast doubt in the Judge’s mind regarding your ability to abide by conditions if you are released.

The Prosecutor may present a compelling argument that you should be kept in custody until your charges are dealt with in the court. However, as your lawyer, we will present a release plan to help persuade the Judge of the contrary.

For the bail hearing, you will be transferred from the district office to the Spyhill Services Centre. The bail hearing must be held within 24 hours, a period that starts from the moment of arrest or detention rather than the time when you are brought to the Centre. Although for many years the Centre was located in downtown Calgary, it is now situated in the deep Northwest of Calgary, which makes getting home after being released far more difficult for many people. The exact address of the Centre is as follows:

Spyhill Services Centre
12500 85th Street, N.W.
Tel: 403-428-3400

Loved ones are not able to contact you while you are detained. The police will not release any information to friends or family due to privacy laws. Your lawyer is the only person allowed to contact you. Once the police have verified your lawyer’s details, they will pass on information about your whereabouts, if requested.

Because of these difficulties while you are held in custody, it is best to appoint a competent defence lawyer as soon as possible to manage the legal processes and communicate with loved ones. After an arrest, the police must provide you with the opportunity to call a lawyer in private and, if that happens, stop questioning you.

Once you retain one of our experienced criminal defence lawyers, we will begin working to secure your release on bail.  We will immediately do the following:

  1. Call in to the Spyhill Services Centre in Calgary and speak to you.
  2. Contact the Prosecutor assigned to the bail hearing to start negotiating your release.
  3. Order and secure a copy of the police information package that details the allegations against you in advance of the bail hearing. This allows the lawyer to make meaningful representations to the court about why you should be released on bail.
  4. Conduct either an in-person or teleconference bail hearing to secure your release.

When you attend your bail hearing, the Judge will consider the following factors:

  • Is detention necessary to secure your attendance in court?
  • Is detention necessary to protect the public from a substantial risk of re-offence?
  • Is detention necessary in all the circumstances to maintain confidence in the administration of justice?

Rest assured, we will work to not only secure your release but also to ensure the least restrictive set of bail conditions (including the minimum cash deposit).

In order for our lawyers to secure less stringent conditions, the Judge will need to be satisfied that you will attend court as required and that you pose no significant risk of harm to the public.

Our lawyers are often successful at persuading the Crown Prosecutor in charge of bail to let our clients out. If we can’t convince the Prosecutor, we can conduct a formal bail hearing and work to convince the Court. Even if you are ultimately detained, we can appeal that decision on very short notice through a bail review, which is conducted at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.

Where can I pay for bail for driving while prohibited charges in Calgary?

If you or a loved one are charged with driving while prohibited in Calgary and granted bail, you may be required to provide a cash deposit to secure release. The cash deposit can be paid at any bail hearing office (courthouse) in Alberta. If you live in Edmonton, you can pay bail there for someone detained in Calgary.

Bail hearing offices in Calgary are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The contact details of the bail hearing office at the Calgary Courts Centre are as follows:

Calgary Courts Centre
601 5th Street SW
Tel: 403-297-4444

You can also make a bail payment at the Calgary Remand Centre prior to 8:30 pm. The contact details for the Calgary Remand Centre are as follows:

Calgary Remand Centre
12200 85 Street NW
Tel: 403-695-2100

To pay your own bail, you can make a payment after your hearing, assuming you have sufficient funds with you to do so. You can do so at:

Spyhill Services Centre
12500 85th Street, N.W.
Tel: 403-428-3400

How do I change my release conditions for driving while prohibited charges in Calgary?

Release on bail with driving while prohibited charges may require either a surety, cash or a no-cash deposit.

Beyond that, you may face tight restrictions, including conditions to refrain from:

  • Being behind the wheel of a motor vehicle,
  • Staying out beyond a certain time (i.e. curfew),
  • Breaking any laws,
  • Using drugs or alcohol,
  • Possessing weapons,
  • Visiting certain places, and/or
  • Travelling.

The Judge can also impose additional conditions such as:

  • Residing where approved,
  • Reporting to probation,
  • Attending counselling, and/or
  • Maintaining or seeking employment.

A variety of factors will be considered when determining your precise restrictions, including:

  • Your criminal history,
  • Your physical and mental condition,
  • The nature of the alleged offence,
  • The likelihood that you will flee, and
  • Your history of drug/alcohol usage.

If you have already been released, at least for the short term, it is critical that you make arrangements to abide by your conditions until they can be changed. Breaching the terms of your release can result in further charges or a revocation of your bail, as well as a forfeiture of any cash paid to secure your release. It is important to take these conditions seriously.

Once the matter is in court, we can work with the Crown prosecutor to alter your conditions. This includes either adding exceptions to some of the conditions or eliminating them altogether.

If your court date is far away and you cannot wait until then, we can arrange to have the matter dealt with sooner. Our first priority is always to stabilize your release conditions. That way, you will not feel pressured to plead guilty because of the restrictive terms of your release. Once the conditions are manageable and minimally intrusive to your daily routine, we can focus 100% of our attention on defending the case.

Penalties for Driving While Prohibited Charges in Calgary

Driving while prohibited is a hybrid offence, which means that the Crown can elect to proceed by way of indictment or by summary offence. The Crown’s choice will impact the severity of the penalties that you are handed, with indictment being the more serious of the two.

  • Indictment: Up to 10 years’ jail time;
  • Summary: Up to two years’ less a day jail time.

If convicted, you will also face an extended driver’s license suspension. As a result of a criminal driving conviction, you will face:

  • First offence: One-year license suspension;
  • Second offence: Three-year license suspension;
  • Third offence: Lifetime license suspension, with the possibility of reinstatement after 10 years if certain requirements are fulfilled; and
  • Subsequent offence: Lifetime license suspension with no possibility of reinstatement.

According to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act, upon being charged under section 320.18 of the Criminal Code, the vehicle you were operating is seized for 30 days (regardless of who it belongs to). Furthermore, if you’re found guilty, your driver’s license is automatically suspended for six months. This suspension is served at the same time as any Criminal Code license suspension that you are handed.

When deciding what penalties to impose, the Court will consider:

  • The reason you were prohibited from driving in the first place,
  • Whether you were committing other offences while driving prohibited (e.g., driving dangerously or with no insurance),
  • How much of your suspension was left to be served,
  • Your reason for driving,
  • The duration of the driving,
  • The reason you stopped driving, and
  • Your history of disregarding court orders.

Some aggravating factors that will increase the likelihood of a harsher punishment are:

  • Where you caused bodily harm or death to more than one person,
  • Where you were racing at least one other person,
  • Where there was a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle,
  • Where you were being paid for operating the vehicle,
  • Where you were impaired while operating the vehicle,
  • Where you were operating a large motor vehicle, and
  • Where you were not permitted to be operating the vehicle.

In addition to the immediate punishments associated with a conviction for driving while prohibited, it can have wide-ranging negative consequences on your future. You may have difficulties securing employment in the area of your choice, especially in roles that require driving. Furthermore, your insurance rates will almost certainly increase (contact your insurance agency for specifics). One of the most serious long-term consequences is the lifelong criminal record that results from a conviction, which can hinder immigration and travel.

Therefore, even if you intend on accepting responsibility for this type of offence, it is worthwhile to explore your options and consider all the potential penalties. Often, good representation can result in no criminal record. Furthermore, a community-based sentence may be obtained even where the Crown is seeking jail time.

Rest assured, our lawyers will work hard to defend you so that you are not saddled with the consequences that stem from a driving while prohibited conviction. In fact, we can canvass a range of sentencing options with the Prosecutors that will either leave you with no criminal record or impose minimal restrictions on your liberty after sentencing. To learn more about potential non-criminal resolutions, please visit our Resolutions page, or read our FAQ on resolutions and other sentencing options.

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Defending Driving While Prohibited Charges in Calgary

What are the best defences to driving while prohibited charges in Calgary?

The best defence for you depends on the circumstances of your case. Generally, however, some good defences to driving while prohibited charges are:

  • Violation of Constitutional Rights: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms sets out your rights before and after your arrest. If the police fail to abide by these rights, it can aid your defence.
  • Not Notified of Prohibition: If you were unaware that you were prohibited from driving, this can aid your defence. This lack of knowledge challenges the requisite mental element of the offence.
  • Not Operating the Vehicle: For example, if you were arrested when getting out of the driver’s side of a parked vehicle, we can challenge the claim that you were operating the vehicle at all.

Our experienced defence lawyers will use the most effective defence against the charges according to the precise circumstances of your case.

How can I help defend driving while prohibited charges in Calgary?

If you have been charged with driving while prohibited, the following actions can help your lawyer build a strong defence:

  • Make a statement about what happened;
  • Have passengers write down their observations of what happened;
  • Collect and maintain all documents and records about the event;
  • Gather any photographic evidence that you may have; and
  • Log any relevant texts, emails or phone calls.

As soon as you are released, start gathering any information that may be of use to your lawyer. What information is relevant will depend on the facts in your case. If you are uncertain what information to collect, you should contact one of our lawyers immediately to create a plan of action for gathering information.

If you are truly proactive about the matter, consider doing the following:

  • Secure proof of employment,
  • Secure reference letters,
  • Enroll in counselling (e.g. alcohol or drug rehabilitation),
  • Secure a record of any mental health conditions you suffer from.

These steps can be very helpful in building an effective defence (or convincing the prosecutor to drop the charges altogether).

What can a lawyer do to help me defend against driving while prohibited charges in Calgary?

As we start preparing your defence by examining police actions and the evidence against you, there are certain defence strategies that can be used to aid your cause. Some of these include:

  • Assembling documents, photos, texts, etc. that contradict the allegation and support your version of events;
  • Identifying mistakes in the actions of the police, such as Charter breaches; and
  • Uncovering administrative/systemic errors, such as “Jordan delay,” non-disclosure, lost or destroyed evidence, etc.

Even if you are found guilty, a good defence lawyer can greatly reduce the severity of the consequences for you. Our lawyers have succeeded in having charges dismissed in even the most hopeless situations. Our team will conduct a thorough review of the circumstances of your case in order to decide what defences are available to you.

What’s Next?

Most of the information above relates to simple driving while prohibited cases, which can become increasingly complex and fact-specific depending on the circumstances of your offence.

We have tried our best to provide a general outline of what you can expect if you find yourself in this situation, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

To learn more about how we can help, please contact our team of Operation While Prohibited Lawyers. We will conduct a thorough review of your situation and tailor a precise strategy that targets your successful defence.

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Takara Seki
17:05 11 Sep 20
Elena was amazing with helping my father and his DUI charges. Even though my father’s English isn’t very strong she... explained everything as clearly as possible and was calm throughout the entire process. She made us feel like everything was going to be okay and responded very quickly to any questions or concerns we had. We really appreciate her help throughout this difficult time and would highly recommend her to other clients with similar more
Jonathon Himann
Jonathon Himann
20:19 13 Jul 20
I have nothing but praise for Oykhman. Their customer service was top notch. Joseph Beller was able to phone me back... within minutes of me leaving a message on their machine. He explained the possible consequences and calmed me down mightily. The whole conversation was extremely professional, from the receptionist to the email follow up. I would have no hesitation recommending more
Brittany Collins-Berthelot
Brittany Collins-Berthelot
14:43 26 Jun 20
Elaine was amazing from the start, she made me feel very comfortable and trusting of her. The staff was very... professional and caring. I would highly recommend Elaine to my family and more
Brendan Mcdonald
Brendan Mcdonald
16:15 16 Jun 20
I have had Mr. Oykhman represent me twice now and on both occasions the issues were fully resolved having all charges... withdrawn. His service is second to none. I know once Mr.Oykhman is retained that everything will be resolved and in a favorable way because he will take care of the issues at hand. I highly recommend Mr.Oykhman to anyone that wants a stress free encounter and piece of mind knowing their issues will be takin care of, and in the end the outcome will be favorable. I would never think of ever hiring another lawyerread more
Chey Panda
Chey Panda
21:27 28 May 20
I highly recommend Crystal McGraw's services as she is very professional, non-judgmental & reliable. Crystal will keep... you updated every step of the way & will work hard to get you a positive outcome for your case. Thank you for all your help!read more
Conrad Taupert
Conrad Taupert
15:08 28 May 20
Elena Ryland was compassionate and empathetic. She immediately validated my emotions and calmed me down.I found her to... be extremely motivated. She got all my charges dropped. I highly recommend more
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classified666 .
19:42 27 May 20
I Had an accident right before Christmas last year an ended up getting a handful of criminal charges. Michael an his... team worked hard an got all charges dropped including an impaired. I’m thankful for his effort an would highly recommend!read more
Mark Paolo Ramos
Mark Paolo Ramos
16:23 04 May 20
After months of dealing with Crystal Mcgraw, Ryan P and Amie I have nothing but utmost respect for their... professionalism and hardwork. I was dismissed from my case and now can breathe normally as I can get my life back to normal. I would definitely recommend these folks to take care of your cases and you will be satisfied with the work that they will put into your more
Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy
00:35 24 Apr 20
Thanks to Ryan for doing a great job, and for providing a sense of support and professionalism. My charge was stayed,... which is about the best result I could have hoped for, and better than I expected. Thanks to Crystal as well for everything she did, and for delivering me only good news, and to Amie for the communications she provided. All around very happy with everything, hopefully I never require their services again. 😉read more
Craig Stange
Craig Stange
15:35 23 Apr 20
I am going through an extremely difficult divorce and my ex made a power move by making an allegation against me that... involved the police and the start of a three month investigation. Upon the advise of a former RCMP member who is a good friend I engaged the Services of Michael to help with the investigation phase and contact by the city police. His services in dealing with the investigation and guiding me through this is beyond value. I would highly recommend his team. I am pleased to report that with his guidance the matter was dropped before charges, money well invested. If you get contacted by police your first call should be to his more
Daniel Araia
Daniel Araia
00:55 22 Apr 20
If anyone is looking for professional legal lawyer I’m hardly recommending to anyone to Michael Oykhman with his team.... Trust me you will get quality service with professionalism from Michael Oykhman and all his team. Thanks to you all for your time and commitment I’m totally satisfied with all your hard work keep doing good job guys more
David Prosser
David Prosser
14:42 08 Mar 20
After two years of dealing with Greg Janzen on my charges I have nothing but the highest regard for the... professionalism, expert knowledge, guidance, and personal courtesy. I would highly recommend him to my closest friends and family. A great job well done. Thank more
Haifaa Rofail
Haifaa Rofail
23:06 05 Mar 20
5 stars, Everything worked out very well, very timely in dealing with my matter. All responses fromGreg Janzen and his... assistant where professional and helpful. I would highly recommend him. A really good lawyer ! Very happy with my outcome. All my charges was more
Josh Hawryluk
Josh Hawryluk
01:24 27 Feb 20
Very satisfied of the service I received getting off my charge. Looking for a criminal lawyer? Theses are the guys, I... did not have to appear in court, I only had to make one visit to the office, and the rest was all handled my by lawyer (Elaine). They did an awesome job for me and excellent customer service,read more
Marty Maksymetz
Marty Maksymetz
02:51 31 Jan 20
I highly recommend going with this team. From the moment that I stepped into their offices, I knew that I was in good... hands. I had the privilege of working with Elena Ryland as my attorney and I couldn't be happier. She was extremely professional and well-educated on the subject matter. She was able to negotiate a deal that favoured all parties more
jay xu
jay xu
01:06 29 Jan 20
Words cannot express my gratitude to Michael, he helped me out of a difficult situation and resolved the matter... unbelievably quick. Michael provided quick professional insight, and showed great compassion working to resolve my matter over the past year. The knowledge, experience, and compassion Michael is clearly the best in Calgary. Michael also has a vast network of grade A lawyers and recommended a fantastic criminal lawyer to help me with my case. I would highly recommend his more
18:39 11 Dec 19
I got in touch with Michael Oykhman directly based on the complexity of the legal matters I was facing. He was... incredibly professional and gave me a great deal of confidence and knowledge that it would be handled to his best efforts. The results were exactly that, the best desired outcome and a huge weight taken off me during a dark time. I would highly recommend Michael and his team to anyone looking for the best outcome possible!read more
Jessica Rafuse
Jessica Rafuse
22:50 15 Nov 19
I was first able to speak to Michael Oykhman himself and felt understood and confident that his staff would take care... of my legal matters. I am happy to report that not only have my matters been resolved but they were exactly in line with my desired outcome. I never felt like I had to compromise my position regarding the events that lead to needing legal services. While my initial junior associate couldn't oversee my file to completion, my gratitude goes to Greg Janzen who took on my case midway through and advocated for me and saw my charges withdrawn in a timely matter. Greg went the extra mile to show up for my appearances even when they were outside the initial legal matter at hand, which surprised me and made my life so much easier. I was out of province for 5 months of the year and thanks to Greg was able to focus on my priorities instead of being limited and interrupted. If your considering a lawyer or in doubt about the value of legal services, do yourself a favor and consult this firm. While there are many names to consider, if you find yourself needing criminal defense lawyers, I am so thankful I made the decision to have this firm represent me.They have been supportive, understanding and expedient. I also saved money and appreciated that I wasn't hit with hidden fees and wasn't footing a bill that was inflated or unwarranted. You definitely get great value! I also super appreciated the face time and timely communication at each turn. Not only were my charges withdrawn but so too were my fingerprints and photos with police destroyed so it's like nothing ever happened. A dream come true. Excellent customer service from start to finish on top of the legal support! Thank-you all so much, and while I hope not to need you in the future, I know I will be in good hands and will refer anyone in similar circumstances to your firm in the future. Cheers!read more
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Everyone was very professional and understanding. They explained everything and put me at ease. Any question I had were answered right. If you need help I’d highly recommend this law firm.



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