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Driving Under Suspension

Driving with a suspended licence is a serious driving violation in Ontario. Not only will you face serious fines, you could also lose your licence outright and risk the possibility of jail time. Naturally, any driver who is subject to a suspended licence should under no circumstances, be driving anywhere in Canada. However if you do, and you are caught in the act, enlisting the help of a traffic paralegal is paramount if you want to ensure, although not guaranteed, the most favourable outcome for yourself.

Fines

In Ontario, the fines for driving with a suspended licence are heavy. The fine for conviction of a first-time offence ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. The fine for a conviction of a second-time offence ranges from $2,000 to $5,000. However, monetary punishment aside, a conviction for driving while suspended can also carry a sentence of up to six (6) months in jail, as well as a large fine, and the addition of another term of six (6) months added to the current licence suspension. We won’t even discuss insurance rates.

Impounding a Vehicle

One of the consequences for a high-level traffic offence, such as driving with a suspended licence or stunt driving is the prospect of having ones vehicle impounded on the roadside. The term of impoundment depends on the level of the offence. A Highway Traffic Act (HTA) offence can carry an immediate impoundment term of up to seven (7) days. A criminal code offence, such as driving while drunk with a suspended licence can lead to a mandatory forty-five (45) day vehicle impound period.

How to Fight a Licence Suspension

Ways to challenge a licence suspension vary, however it is not something a regular person should attempt to do on their own. Hiring a traffic paralegal to handle the intricacies of your case is fundamental to the success of your case.

Insurance Consequences

Normally with all the consequences of a bad driving record, individual insurance premiums will rise. With the more high-level offences, a person’s premiums may increase significantly due to the driver’s inherent risk factor as perceived by insurance providers.

How a Paralegal Can Help You

Traffic paralegals can help reduce the overall consequences of a driving-while-suspended offence. Traffic paralegals are legal professionals with the kind of experience and expertise who can help effect a more favourable outcome for a serious driving charge, particularly when compared to the ‘going it alone’ approach or pleading guilty outright.

Why You Should Use a Paralegal

Put simply, a paralegal is a legal advocate in tricky legal situations. They can use their expertise, experience, and connections to build a strong case for a driver who has been charged with a high-level traffic offence.

The process of a Suspension and How to Fight It

Usually a driver’s licence is suspended due to a few reasons; either through the accumulation of a significant amount of demerit points, the result of one or more HTA violations, or for a high-level offence such as driving with a suspended licence, or through a criminal code offence such as driving drunk with a suspended licence. The process of fighting a charge should begin with consulting a paralegal professional about what an accused offenders prospects are. This is where hiring a traffic ticket defender can make the difference between a harsh penalty and a more satisfactory outcome for the driver.

We offer a free initial review of your case and would be happy to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice about what to do with your driving under suspension ticket. Call us today to discuss your matter in more detail at 1-844-647-6869 or email us at info@otdlegal.ca.

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