Driving While Under Suspension
Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act, RSO 1990, c H.8 states: “A person is guilty of an offence when driving a vehicle while his or her driver’s licence is suspended under an Act or a regulation.”
Ticket Shield is able to defend you against Driving While Suspended charges anywhere in Ontario. If you are convicted, you will face an automatic 6 months license suspension, up to $25,000.00 in fines, and a potential insurance rate increase of thousands of dollars per year.
The penalty for Driving While Under Suspension is as follows:
- Minimum Fine: $1000.00 (First Offence) / $2000.00 (Second Offence)
- Maximum Fine: $25,000.00 (First Offence – Extreme Situations) / $50,000.00 (Second Offence – Extreme Situations)
- Demerit Points: 0
- Additional Penalties: Mandatory 6 months suspension of your driver’s license and/or up to a 6 month jail sentence.
Will a conviction affect my Insurance Rates?
Most definitely. Careless is classified as a major offence by insurance companies. If convicted of Driving While Under Suspension, your insurance could be affected for up to 3 years or more. In most cases, even one conviction of Driving Under Suspension can cause your insurance rates to increase by thousands of dollars per year, or a future denial of your policy renewal.
7-Day Vehicle Impoundment
As of December 2010, police officers are now able to issue a new 7-day vehicle impoundment for Driving While Under Suspension in certain circumstances that involve non-payment of family support, blood alcohol over the legal limit, or driving without an ignition interlock device when one is required.
How will Ticket Shield help you fight your Driving While Suspended Charge?
Ticket Shield spends the necessary time on your case with the purpose of eliminating the charges completely by having them withdrawn or dismissed. If this is not possible, we will negotiate with the prosecutors to shield your demerit points, protect your license from being suspended, negotiate for the lowest fine available, and ultimately, keep your insurance rates as low as possible.
Ticket Shield begins preparing your defence with requesting a disclosure pack from the prosecutors. We make a very specific request that requires them to provide the Police Officer’s notes, witness reports, radar manuals and calibration notes (if applicable), and any other relevant evidence that they plan to use against you. By obtaining these documents prior to your court date, we can review them with you if we have any questions, and prepare a defence based on all of the information.
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