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DRIVING WHILE UNDER SUSPENSION IN ONTARIO

Did you receive a summons for driving / drive while under suspension in the province of Ontario? Were you aware that your licence was under suspension? If you were never served a notice of suspension and were not aware your licence was suspended, you may have a defence to the charge of drive / driving while under suspension. In order to be convicted of driving / drive while under suspension, you had to be aware that your licence was suspended or you should have been aware given the circumstances. Before pleading guilty to the charge, it is important you educate yourself on the consequences of a driving / drive while under suspension conviction and whether or not you have a defence to the charge.

What are the consequences associated with a driving / drive while under suspension conviction?

a fine of up to $5,000
custodial sentence for a maximum of six months
automatic 6 month licence suspension
possible 100% insurance rate increase (or in some extreme cases, your insurance company can drop their coverage)

How can a paralegal from Goal Case Dismissed assist me with my driving / drive while under suspension charge?

A paralegal from our office can determine if you have a defence to the charge. If you were aware that your licence was suspended and there is no foreseeable defence that can be derived from reviewing the evidence for your driving / drive while under suspension charge, the paralegal handling your case will attempt to engage in a plea resolution with the prosecutor to minimize the fine you will face and help prevent you from acquiring a custodial sentence (or help lessen your sentence). In worst case scenarios where a custodial sentence is imposed by the court for your driving / drive while under suspension charge, a paralegal from Road Warriors can negotiate with the court to allow you to serve your sentence on weekends.

Is it worth fighting my driving / drive while under suspension charge?

Yes, it is worth fighting your driving / drive while under suspension charge. If there is no foreseeable defence to your charge, there is always a possibility the prosecutor may be willing to plea negotiate and save you from acquiring the heavy fine and custodial sentence associated with a driving / drive while under suspension conviction.

How much do you charge to fight my driving / drive while under suspension charge?

If you would like to inquire about our rates to fight your driving / drive while under suspension ticket, you may fill up a rate request form here, or contact us at 705-688-1818. .


Believe it or not getting a ticket for speeding just 10 km per hour over the limit can cost you a lot more in the long run than paying a minor fine.  Unfortunately, the relationship between tickets, demerit points and your insurance rates is misunderstood by many drivers.  However, the relationship is an important one given the impact it can have on your driving record and the amount you pay for your insurance.

Insurance companies actually consider the severity and number of tickets on your driving record, not the number of demerit points you’ve acquired, when calculating your insurance rate. But if that’s the case do demerit points matter at all? Here is what you need to know:


Demerit Points:

Seven points

Failing to remain at the scene of a collision
Failing to stop for police

Six points

Careless driving
Racing
Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more
Failing to stop for a school bus
 
Five points

Driver of bus failing to stop at unprotected railway crossing
 
Four points

Exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h
Following too closely

Three points

Exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h
Driving through, around or under a railway crossing barrier
Failing to yield the right-of-way
Failing to obey a stop sign, traffic light or railway crossing signal
Failing to obey traffic control stop sign
Failing to obey traffic control slow sign
Failing to obey school crossing stop sign
Failing to obey the directions of a police officer
Driving the wrong way on a divided road
Failing to report a collision to a police officer
Improper driving where road is divided into lanes
Crowding the driver's seat
Going the wrong way on a one-way road
Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed road
Crossing a divided road where no proper crossing is provided
Failing to slow and carefully pass a stopped emergency vehicle
Failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing
Failing to move, where possible, into another lane when passing a stopped emergency vehicle
Driving a vehicle that is equipped with or carrying a speed measuring warning device (such as a radar detector)
Improper use of a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane

Two points

Failing to lower headlight beam
Improper opening of a vehicle door
Prohibited turns
Towing people - on toboggans, bicycles, skis, for example
Failing to obey signs
Failing to share the road
Improper right turn
Improper left turn
Failing to signal
Unnecessary slow driving
Reversing on a highway
Driver failing to wear a seatbelt
Driver failing to ensure infant passenger is secured
Driver failing to ensure toddler passenger is secured
Driver failing to ensure child is secured
Driver failing to ensure passenger under 16 years is wearing seatbelt
Driver failing to ensure passenger under 16 years is occupying a position with a seatbelt

Demerit points and your insurance

Insurance companies generally categorize convictions as “minor”, “major” or “serious”. Major and serious convictions can lead to higher insurance rate increases than minor convictions.
Some insurance companies offer a conviction-free discount, if you have no prior convictions on your driving record.  One minor ticket might not affect your insurance rating, but you will lose this discount.
All infractions that result in the accumulation of demerit points are not necessarily considered serious convictions by insurance companies.  For example, making an improper left turn, you can result in two demerit points, but it is considered by insurance companies as only a minor conviction.
A major or serious conviction, regardless of the associated demerit points, will result in losing any conviction free discount and a significant increase in your insurance rate.  As an illustration, failing to obey a school crossing sign is classified as a major conviction and result in three demerits and a 15% surcharge on your annual premium rate with some insurance companies.  Careless driving or speeding in excess of 50 km per hour over the posted speed limit are both serious convictions and either one of these will not only earn you six demerits, but also a 100% surcharge on your insurance rate.

Demerit points and your driver’s license

The Ministry of Transportation in each province sets a limit on the number of demerit points you may acquire before your license is suspended.
In Ontario, once a fully licenced driver accumulates six demerit points, a warning letter is sent. Once a driver accumulates nine demerit points, the Ministry may require that he be interviewed and plead his case as to why his license should not be suspended. At 15 or more demerit points, the driver’s license is automatically suspended for 30 days.

So while insurance companies don’t look specifically at demerit points when settling their rates, accumulating them is certain to cost you in the long run.  For this reason, all drivers would be well advised to steer clear from breaking the rules of the road and avoid tickets altogether. (http://www.insurancehotline.com/demerit-points-and-your-insurance-rate/)


Stunt Driving Ticket

In 2007 a new section was added to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario: Stunt Driving (Contest). A Stunt Driving charge is intended to stop, through enforcement, races, contest and stunts from being preformed on Ontario’s Highways.

Stunt Driving charges are laid without discretion and have the effect of tripling your insurance. Fortunately, in many cases a Stunt Driving ticket can be successfully defended in court, and that is where we at Ticket Defenders®* can help you: we know how to examine these cases, assess them, and then create the best possible defence. We are often in a position to save our clients points and thousands of dollars in fines and insurance.

The initial consultation with our ticket defence specialists is always free.

At Ticket Defenders®*, we are aware that every case is unique, and we are here to help you.

How is Stunt Driving defined? (What did I do?)

The following are examples of wording that you might see on your Stunt Driving (Contest) ticket:

Speeding more then 50 km over the posted speed limit
Chasing another vehicle (Road Rage)
Driving without reasonable consideration of other drivers
Attempting to outdistance another driver
Repeatedly changing lanes
Driving with intention to "lift tires"
Deliberately loosing wheel traction
Deliberately speeding a motor vehicle
Driving with a person in the trunk
Driving while not occupying the driver's seat
Slowing vehicle to interfere with traffic
Driving too close to a pedestrian, or vehicle

What are the penalties if I am convicted of Stunt Driving (Contest)?>

The following are some possible penalties from a Stunt Driving conviction:

licence suspension, ranging from 7 days to 5 years
A 7-day car impoundment
Fines up to a maximum of $10,000
Imprisonment, up to a maximum of 6 months


Possible penalties from a Careless Driving conviction

As mentioned earlier, Careless Driving is a serious charge. In fact, it is one of the most serious charges laid under the Highway Traffic Act. It is defined as driving without due care and attention and, therefore, it is a broadly worded charge with wide applications. A conviction from a Careless Driving charge is one that often carries devastating consequences, especially from an insurance perspective.

For a Careless Driving conviction, after a minor collision, you can expect the following:

6 demerit points for a period of two years
A fine of $490.00
A conviction registered on your driving record
Drastic insurance rate increases, for a 3 to 6 year period

For a Careless Driving conviction, after a serious collision, you can expect the following:

An increased fine of up to $1000.00
A prison term of up to 6 months
A driving licence suspension of up to 2 years
A suspension of the motor vehicle permit, for up to 2 years

We know how scary this can be for you. However, we also know that a Careless Driving ticket can be successfully defended in court.



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