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Understanding Driving Under Suspension

If you are found guilty of driving while your license is suspended, you may be subject to harsh consequences, such as an automatic six-month license suspension, fines of up to $50,000, and much higher insurance rates when you are finally able to obtain coverage again.

There are several situations in Ontario that might result in the cancellation of your driving privileges. The Highway Traffic Act states:

Operating a motor vehicle on a highway while a driver's license is suspended due to a legislative act or rule constitutes a crime for which the following penalties may apply:

- For a first offense, a fine ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

- For subsequent offenses, a fine between $2,000 and $5,000, imprisonment for up to six months, or both.

Reasons for License Suspension

Your license could be suspended for various reasons, including:

- Unpaid traffic tickets or fines

- Alcohol-related offenses

- Medical reasons

- Demerit points

Penalties for Driving While Suspended

Upon a first conviction for driving while suspended, the penalties include:

- A fine ranging from $1,000 to $5,000

- A mandatory six-month suspension of your driver’s license

- Potential imprisonment for up to six months

For a second conviction, the penalties increase to:

- A fine of $2,000 to $5,000

- Another mandatory six-month license suspension

- Potential imprisonment for up to six months

Driving when the license is suspended

Law enforcement agencies have had better tools since December 1st, 2010 to combat driving while suspended violations. One such weapon is the ability to impound automobiles for a period of seven days. This enforcement also targets people whose licenses have been suspended for driving while intoxicated or failing to pay family support.

Conviction for driving while suspended can result in severe consequences, such as a minimum three-year rise in insurance costs. The consequences of even a single conviction could be thousands of dollars in annual insurance rate increases or trouble finding an insurer willing to offer coverage.

How RRM Law Can Assist You?

Our aim at RRM Law is to work toward your charges being completely dropped. In the event that removal is not feasible, we attempt to lower the charges and lessen their consequences, negotiate with the prosecution to avoid demerit points and obtain the lowest punishment. Our goal is to avoid jail in extreme situations. Allow our victorious team to speak up for you. For best consultation in Ontario, reach out to us.

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