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Fighting a suspended license ticket in Ontario?
If you are currently dealing with a Drive Suspended charge, we highly recommend you call our office because we are guaranteed to help you.
You should never plead guilty to a Drive while Suspended charge. Our team of suspended licence paralegals can assist you and avoid the consequences of a conviction to your Ontario Drivers licence and insurance rates. There is no harm to inquire with our office for a free consultation.
fines for driving with a suspended licence in Ontario
- $1,000 – $5,000 for a first offence
- $2,000 – $5,000 for a subsequent offence (second conviction within 5 years of the first offence)
- The Court may impose a jail sentence up to six months
- Ministry Imposed Licence suspension of 6 months
Remember, it is always your responsibility to maintain a valid driver’s licence with the most correct and up-to-date information.
Suspended License Tickets:
The reasons in determining if an individual may face a licence suspension of their Ontario driver’s licence change per circumstance. An individual’s Ontario licence may be suspended for the following reasons:
- Unpaid fines
- Conviction on their driving record
- Medical suspension – stroke, heart attack, seizures
- Failure to make family court ordered payments
- Escalating sanctions for repeat violations of novice driver restrictions
- HTA offences carrying 4 or more demerit points for novice drivers
- Court order licence suspensions
- Dangerous driving
- Stunt Driving
- Careless Driving
- Zero Blood-Alcohol Concentration (BAC) for novice and young drivers
- Discretionary HTA suspensions
- Administrative driver’s licence suspension (ADLS)
Your Ontario Drivers licence will be suspended immediately for 90 days if:
- BAC more than 80 milligrams in 100 millilitres of blood (.08)
- Fail or refuse to give a breath, blood, oral fluid, or urine sample when asked by police
- Fail or refuse to perform physical coordination tests or submit to a drug evaluation when required by police
This suspension may happen at the roadside or police station and is different from any criminal charge that may also be given.
Getting your license back
Full G Drivers
1-3 year suspension – eye exam
3-10 year suspension – eye exam, written test, G1 and G2 road tests (tests may be booked back to back upon successful completion)
10+ year suspension – you will need to reapply as a new driver and cannot fast track the testing
Novice (G1+G2) Drivers
If your licence has been suspended for more than 3 years you will have to apply as a new driver and begin the process again.
Drivers holding novice licences must follow the exact rules for their class of licence. If you violate any of the graduated-licencing conditions, your licence will be suspended for 30 days. This suspension takes effect from the time you surrender your licence. You can lose your licence for up to two years if you fail to hand it over.
Driving Under the Influence
Ontario Drivers who register a blood-alcohol concentration in the “warn range” of .05 to .08 pose an immediate danger to themselves and other road users. If caught driving in the warn range, you will receive an immediate driver’s-licence suspension at the roadside:
- three days for the first offence
- seven days for a second offence and mandatory remedial alcohol-education program
- increased penalties and sanctions for each further offence
- The mandatory Back on Track program is for all drivers convicted of impaired, driving-related Criminal Code offences
- Drivers with more than one “Warn Range” conviction will be required to take an alcohol-education and/or alcohol-treatment program
- If your driver’s licence has been suspended because of a Criminal Code conviction, your Ontario licence will remain suspended until you have completed the remedial requirements
Driving while prohibited:
- This is a prohibition order under the Criminal Code conviction. When convicted of violation of the order, you will face a suspension of one year for a first offence or two years for a subsequent offence.
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suspended license faq:
How to get a suspended licence back early?
You can pay any outstanding fines or apply for an extension of time to pay your suspended fines. You can contact our licenced paralegals to assist you with this process. You can complete any court processes/programs required to clear the licence suspension. You can gather any document such as a notice of suspension, medical letter, or affidavit to state that the suspension has been lifted.
Can you appeal a suspended licence?
Appeals can be submitted to the court following a conviction and licence suspension. Suspensions are typically removed by MTO once the court has received all completed appeal documents.
Can you renew a suspended licence?
To get your licence back all fines must be paid, any court ordered programs must be completed and all required steps completed to lift the licence suspension. Once complete, take all documents to Service Ontario to reinstate your Ontario driver’s licence.
Does a suspended licence show up on a driving record?
Yes. Fees to reinstate a suspended licence for any reason other than medical is $281 + fees for any required written or driving tests. Depending on how long your licence has been suspended for, you may need to complete further testing. Let Street Legal be your representative when its time to reinstate your Ontario driver’s licence. We have helped hundreds of clients reinstate their Ontario Suspended Drivers licence as soon as possible.
Can you go to jail for driving with a suspended licence?
According to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario, you can go to jail for up to 6-months on a conviction of driving on a suspended licence. Therefore, yes you can.
Is your licence suspended because of unpaid fines?
Demerit points across ontario
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7 Points – Failing to Remain at Scene of Accident
7 Points – Driver failing to stop when signaled or requested to by a police officer
6 Points – Careless Driving
6 Points – Racing
6 Points – Failing to Stop for School Bus
6 Points – Exceeding Speed limit by 50 Kilometers per hour or more
5 Points – Driver of public vehicle or School Bus failing to stop at Railway Crossings
4 Points – Exceeding Speed limit by 30-49 Kilometers per hour
4 Points – Following too closely
3 Points – Exceeding Speed limit by 16-29 Kilometers per hour
3 Points – Driving through, around, or under Railway Crossing Barrier
3 Points – Failing to Yield Right of Way
3 Points – Failing to obey a stop sign, signal light or Railway Crossing Signal
3 Points – Failing to Obey directions of police constable
3 Points – Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed highway
3 Points – Failing to report an accident
3 Points – Improper passing
3 Points – Improper Driving where highway divided into lanes
3 Points – Crowding Driver’s Seat
3 Points – Drive Wrong Way – Divided Highway
3 Points – Cross Divided highway – No proper crossing provided
3 Points – Wrong Way in one way Street or Traffic
3 Points – Failing to slow down and proceed with caution when approaching stopped emergency vehicle
3 Points – Failing to move into another lane when approaching stopped emergency vehicle – if safe to do
2 Points – Backing on a highway
2 Points – Pedestrian Crossover
2 Points – Failing to share road
2 Points – Improper Right Turn
2 Points – Improper Left Turn
2 Points – Failing to Signal
2 Points – Unnecessary Slow Driving
2 Points – Failing to lower headlamp beam
2 Points – Improper opening of vehicle door
2 Points – Prohibited Turns
2 Points – Towing of persons on toboggans, bicycles, skis, etc. prohibited
2 Points – Failing to obey sign prescribed by regulation under subsection 182(1)
2 Points – Driver failing to wear complete Seatbelt assembly
2 Points – Driver failing to ensure passenger under 16 years wears complete seatbelt assembly
2 Points – Driver failing to ensure child passenger under 23 Kilograms occupies position with seatbelt
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