As set out in Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle on the road while your licence is suspended. For a first offence you may be fined anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. For subsequent offences the fines range from $2,000 to $5,000.
If a criminal offence is committed at the same time as you are convicted of driving while your licence is under suspension the fines are much greater. In this case, upon conviction you are liable for a fine of $5,000 to $25,000 for a first offence and $10,000 to $50,000 for a subsequent offence. You also face an additional suspension of one year for a first offence; two years for a subsequent offence, under the Highway Traffic Act and up to two years in prison and a three-year licence suspension under the Criminal Code.
Don’t take these charges lightly! You may have been suspended for a number of reasons.
- Too many demerit points
- Failing to pay a fine
- Stunt driving
- Speeding 50 km/h over the speed limit
- Violation of G1 or G2 licence condition
- Medical suspension
- Court order
- Failing to pay family support payments
- Conviction for a criminal driving charge
- Over .50mg breathalyzer reading
- AND MORE
A conviction for Driving under suspension will stay on your record for a number of years and significantly affect your insurance premiums, if your insurance company doesn’t drop you all together.
Maybe you didn’t even know you were suspended? By contacting an expert at OTD legal services you can be assured that no matter what your circumstances are or the reason behind your suspension, your case will receive the attention needed to minimize any damages that may arise from this type of charge. Our experts will determine if you have a defence to the charge or if there is no defence available to you, we will engage in plea resolution negotiations with the prosecutor for a lessor charge, fine, prevention or limit of custodial sentence.