I went threw a very similar ordeal. I was charged with a DUI last June -
- its an instant 24hour probation
- 90 days licence suspension
- potential to face criminal charges, another year of licence suspension, and possibility of icbc installing a breathalyzer in your vehicle
I got my licence back after 3 months and ICBC took it away again even though I did not receive the notice, but that was due to a prior speeding ticket.
Highly suggest getting a lawyer, and what he will most likely due is offer a plea bargain with the court, which will turn your criminal charge into a motor vehicle charge (driving without due care) seems like my lawyer could have done more but he kept saying "at least you dont have a criminal record"
All in all, paid 5k for the lawyer and 1k for the ticket. Finally after one year I am going to be reunited with my licence in mid June. Shitty year without a licence for sure.
Hope everything works out!