Where you have been charged with driving while suspension, we appear for you in court (drivers usually do not have to appear) to fight the charge.
Driving Under Suspension
We help drivers charged with driving while suspension and appear in court for you.
Driving While Suspended – Highway Traffic Act 53.1
Every person who drives a motor vehicle or street car on a highway while his or her driver’s licence is suspended, under an Act of the Legislature or a regulation made thereunder, is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable,
- for a first offence, a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $5,000; and
- for each subsequent offence, a fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $5,000,
- or imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both.
Driving while suspended is a serious charge in Ontario with severe penalties including jail. The charge can affect your livelihood, insurance rates and ability to work.
Ontario Drivers can be Suspended for;
In Ontario, driving is considered a privilege not a right. The government, court and/or the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario can suspend your driver’s licence for;
- Accumulating too many demerit points
- Any violation of a G1 or G2 drivers licence
- Failing to pay a fine
- speeding more than 50km/h
- driving while under suspension
- stunt driving
- breathalyzer reading over .50mgs
- judge’s court order to suspend your licence
- fail to pay family support payments
- medical suspension
- civil judgement under the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act.
- a conviction for a criminal driving offence
Any drivers licence suspension means that the driver is not allowed to drive for any reason in the Province of Ontario. Where the driver has been suspended or prohibited from driving, as a result of a criminal driving offence, the driver is not allowed to drive a motor vehicle anywhere in Canada.
Penalty for Driving while Suspended is;
The penalties for the first offence of driving while under suspension are severe:
- minimum one thousand (1000) dollar fine.
- minimum five thousand (5000) dollar fine for cases involving alcohol suspensions.
- possible six (6) month further licence suspension for a first offence.
- possible six (6) months in jail.
- vehicle seizure for seven (7) days.
- dramatic increases in insurance rates.
Fighting Drive Under Suspension Charges
At OTT Legal, we fight suspended licence charges to save your driver’s licence and to avoid any further licence suspensions.
As driving while suspended charges can include jail for even first time offences, drivers are recommend to always have legal representation in court. When you call OTT Legal, you will speak to former police officers from the Toronto Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, and paralegals, all licensed by the Law Society of Ontario.
We have years of helping people with suspended licence charges. We can help you fight your drive while suspended charge and where possible assist you to get your drivers licence reinstated. We can guide you through the licence reinstatement process for fines, medical suspensions or any suspension issue you may have.
When we appear for your case, we obtain the police officers notes (disclosure), file any legal motions and know the legal arguments for driving while suspended charges.
Charged With Driving While Suspended?
If you have been charged with driving while suspended, the first thing to do is stop driving. Although the courts and prosecution may be sympathetic to a situation where inadvertently your licence became suspended, they will not be so if you continue to drive.
Subsequent convictions for driving while suspended can involve a six (6) month jail term, do not drive until your licence has been reinstated.
If you have been charged with driving while suspended call our offices to speak with a former police officer or licensed paralegal to get immediate advice.
Our offices can represent you in traffic court to fight your ticket. Usually we can appear for you so you do not have to appear in court. When charged with driving while suspended, the first we’ll want to do is find out why you have been suspended. If your licence has been suspended for unpaid fines or default payments, usually we explain to you how to get the fine paid get your licence back as soon as possible.
If you have an unpaid fine(s) and cannot afford to pay the fine completely, many times the court will allow you to go on a drivers licence payment plan if you make a reasonable down payment. OTT Legal are experts at setting up licence reinstatement plans and we can do this for a minimal fee, usually getting your licence back in thirty (30) days or less.
For all other types of licence suspensions, give us a call for free advice about how to fix your driving licence suspension issues. Where you have been charged with driving while suspended, call OTT Legal to learn how we can help you in court to avoid a further licence suspension.
More Information on Driving While Suspended
- Driving While Suspended – What the Law Says
- Driving while Suspended – Unpaid Fines
- Driver’s Licence Reinstatement’s – Payment Plans
- Driving While Suspended – Demerit Points
- Stunt Driving Suspensions
- Previous Conviction for Driving While Suspension
- Criminal Driving while Suspension Charges
- Medical Driver licence Suspension
- Family Support Suspension
- Suspension under the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act
Would you like more information about your drive while suspended ticket? Send us an email.