You are driving down the highway and suddenly the red and blue lights are flashing behind you. The officer pulls you over for speeding. The officer asks for your Driver’s Licence, Vehicle Registration, and Proof of Insurance. She goes back to her cruiser and ‘runs’ your Driver’s Licence. When she comes back to your window, she informs you that your Driver’s Licence has been suspended because of a $50 ticket your forgot to pay 3 months ago. She issues you two things:
- A summons or ticket for speeding
- A summons to appear in court to answer to the Driving Under Suspension charge
Because of the suspension, your insurance company may have cancelled your insurance policy. If that is the case, you may also be issued an Operate A Motor Vehicle With No Insurance summons. If you are convicted, fines range from $5000 to $25,000 on a first offence.
On top of that, you have to call someone to drive your vehicle home because the officer will not allow you to keep driving with a suspended licence.
Things got really complicated all because of a $50 fine you forgot to pay.
The most important thing you can do when you get a ticket, whether $50 or $500, is to deal with it. Some of the fines may seem pretty small, but ignoring it can lead to a much bigger problem – such as a suspended licence.
Speaking to a professional Paralegal about what your options are when you are faced with a traffic ticket will provide you with the information you need to make the best decision about fighting your ticket. There are some offences where the best the thing to do is just pay your ticket. There are other offences, however, where paying your ticket could cause a licence suspension, cancelled insurance, insurance rates can rise as much as 250%, and a hefty fine. Having a knowledgeable Paralegal on your side who understands how the Provincial Offences Court operates is invaluable to achieving the best possible result for your case.
Do You Need To Defend Yourself Against An Ontario Traffic Ticket?
If you need to defend your driving rights against an Ontario traffic ticket you should contact us as soon as possible. We have skill and experience in helping drivers just like you respond to a variety of traffic tickets and provide free, confidential consultations to empower you to fight your charges. We help drivers throughout Ontario including Cambridge, Georgetown, London, Windsor and from our home office in Kitchener. Contact us online or call us directly at 1.844.647.6869 or text us a copy of your ticket to 226.240.2480.