Bio

Kyla Lee is a prominent criminal defence lawyer and impaired driving lawyer in Vancouver BC. She is highly-regarded in the realm of impaired driving thanks to her unapparelled string of successes in courts and tribunals. Kyla is renowned for her knowledge of the Immediate Roadside Prohibitions and she has argued matters related to the scheme at all levels of Court in BC and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Knowledge

Kyla has extensive, in-depth knowledge of the techniques and devices police use to enforce impaired driving laws. She completed the manufacturer’s training program to supervise calibration of the Alco-Sensor FST Approved Screening Device. She graduated from the same DWI Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) training program as the police in accordance with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Association requirements. Kyla has operated every model of Approved Breath Testing Instrument and Approved Screening Device currently used in Canada. She is constantly adding new devices to her ever-expanding personal collection.

Experience

Kyla handles difficult cases. She successfully defended the first IRP case that went to the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2014 she was the first lawyer to explain the deficiencies of the Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme to the judges at the Supreme Court. Kyla does not back away from a challenge. She has succeeded in cases others said were not winnable. Kyla changed the law with her successful court decisions. She conducts many relatively short trials in Provincial Court and lengthy matters in both BC Supreme Court and Provincial Court. Kyla has successfully defended hundreds of clients often employing new and creative defences to get the right result. In addition to her BC case load, Kyla has defended criminal charges in Alberta, Ontario, the Northwest Territory, and the Yukon. She is also a member of the Yukon bar. If there is a defence, you can count on Kyla to find it.

Respected

Kyla is esteemed for her thorough approach to the defence of her clients. In a 2018 survey of the most respected law firms in BC in the same area of practice, Acumen Law came out on top in all categories. Journalists, reporters and experts turn to Kyla for Criminal Law expertise. She is a regular source for every major news outlet in British Columbia, appearing in news stories about driving law and criminal law issues. She is also a contributing columnist to the Huffington Post and Vancouver is Awesome. Her blog is read by lawyers, government officials and many police officers. Her regular video series Cases that Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada but Didn’t has thousands of viewers from across Canada. Her podcast, Driving Law with Kyla Lee has attracted a stunning array of important guests including a former Solicitor General and former police chief, a founder of Sense BC, the leading toxicologist in the field of cannabis impairment, a key activist in the legalization movement, a number of the top DUI lawyers from the United States and well-respected retired police officers.

Connected

Kyla Lee is recognized as having unsurpassed knowledge in her field of practise. She is connected to lawyers, expert witnesses, police and politicians from across the country. Kyla’s connections allowed Acumen Law to be the first firm in Canada to obtain many of the breath testing devices and to date the only law firm to obtain the approved drug screening device. Kyla is the head of the Canadian Impaired Driving Lawyers Association, the Canadian Ambassador to the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association and long-time a member of the National College of DUI Defense.

Successful

Kyla has argued many of the cutting edge legal cases in British Columbia in the last decade including the following:


  • Juris Doctor in Law
  • Bachelors Degree in First Nations Studies
  • Founder of Canadian Impaired Driving Lawyers Association
  • Certified for Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Drug Recognition Evaluation and Approved Screening Device operation
  • Speaks French
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