Law firm calls B.C.’s DUI appeal process ‘rigged’

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Acumen Law Corporation, based in Vancouver, says it has proof that the B.C. government has rigged appeal process for accused drunk drivers.

Lawyer Paul Doroshenko says a freedom of information request by his firm returned documents showing the government instructing an adjudicator how to decide a case.

Doroshenko devotes his practice exclusively to criminal defence and drunk driving law. He calls what the documents reveal ‘disgusting,’ arguing it calls into question the provincial government’s DUI legislation, the appeal process, and every related decision ever made.

He says the province took his firm to court to try and quash the documents, but lost that challenge last week. Now, the government has 30 days to appeal before the paperwork can be made public.

However, Kyla Lee, another attorney at Acumen, says there’s no question there are innocent people who have been convicted of drunk driving, lost an appeal, paid a fine, and now have a criminal record.

She says the fallout from this will be absolutely huge putting into question the tribunal process itself, advising anyone who believes he or she was wrongly convicted to dig out all the behind the scenes documents of their case.

She adds the government should not have the right to violate the charter, create a system of law that’s unfair, apply it in an unfair manner, and then hide what it’s done from the public.