What Traffic Tickets Are Criminal Offences?

A concerning question that many clients have asked: which traffic tickets are criminal offenses? The answer is none. Traffic tickets are not considered criminal. If this were a criminal matter, or if you were charged with something criminally, it would be found under the Canadian Criminal Code. And in those circumstances, you would automatically be required to report to the court.

And you would know that. Many good people, many great clients have been concerned with this particular fact and knowing the difference. It is an important difference because for many of these offenses, it really only affects your ability to drive or perhaps your insurance rate. Most of these offenses under the Highway Traffic Act, or the non criminal sphere of things, can only affect your driver’s license, or your ability to drive.

It’s a very limited number that is going to put you in a position where you might be exposed to a term of incarceration or jail. When people hear about that, or when highway traffic legislation has Stronger penalties like higher fines, license suspensions, or potential for a period of incarceration.

Clients get confused and automatically feel that this might be a criminal matter, and that is not true. I would suggest, if you’re not sure, we are. So, reach out to us, we will let you know if there’s something that you need to be concerned with here, and we will let you know immediately what you need to do about that.

And in most of these cases, there is something that we can do to help you.

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