Dangerous Driving Lawyers In Richmond Hill All Types of Charges
We are Affordable Dangerous Driving Lawyers office in Richmond Hill but we work in courtrooms across Ontario. If you have been charged with Distracted Driving, DUI, Dangerous Driving or any other Criminal Driving Charges related to driving Please contact us. We are committed to offering our clients the most affordable rates for Dangerous Driving Lawyers in Ontario.
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Traffic tickets – from speeding to careless driving to disobeying a stop sign – can impact your driving freedom. These and other traffic tickets result in demerit points, licence suspensions, hefty fines and even jail time. On top of that, they can dramatically raise your insurance rates or make you not insurable.
With auto insurance being as expensive as it is in Canada, can you really afford not to fight every traffic ticket?
Speeding Tickets – What you need to know and how to fight your speeding ticket.
What you need to know about speed limits and speeding tickets
The fastest speed any motorist in Ontario can travel legally is 100 km/h.
The Highway Traffic Act of Ontario regulates the offence of speeding as well as other moving & non-moving traffic offences. All motor vehicles or vehicles travelling on the highways, roads or streets of Ontario are governed by the Highway Traffic Act, section 128 to 129 inclusive.
In a city, on a road or street, the speed limit is generally 50 km/h and outside of a city, the speed limit is generally 80 km/h. If a speed limit sign is not posted in a city, then by default, the limit is generally 50 km/h.
The essential elements of the offence of speeding are set out in Section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act. Anyone travelling in excess of or over the posted maximum speed limit is considered to be speeding which is an absolute liability offence.
In absolute liability offences, the prosecutor is only required to prove that you committed the offence with which you are charged. Intent to commit the offence is not one of the essential elements of an absolute liability offence. The prosecutor does not have to prove any intent to speed on your part; just prove that you were speeding.
Nonetheless, there are many ways to defend and defeat a speeding ticket!
Why you should fight speeding tickets
The penalties for speeding are based on how many kilometers over the maximum posted speed limit you were allegedly travelling.
The set fines for speeding offences range from $3 to $9.75 per kilometer over the posted limit. Those fines are doubled in Community Safety and Constructions zones.
About demerit points
The Highway Traffic Act provides a schedule of demerit points associated with speeding tickets. These are:
0 – 15 km/h over — zero points
16 – 29 km/h over — 3 points
30 – 49 km/h over — 4 points
50+ over — 6 points
All convictions remain on your public record for three years. This can have a detrimental effect on your insurance premiums for up to five years or more.
Driver’s License Suspension Lawyers Ontario
In Ontario, an administrative driver’s license suspension can happen at the roadside. Upon certain triggering factors, an officer can prevent you from driving for 90 days. This can pose serious problems in your everyday life, in particular if you rely on your vehicle to get to work or to provide transportation for loved ones.
Of particular concern is that the license suspension happens before you have had the opportunity to fight the charges in court. Dangerous Driving Lawyers at Lawyer Plug in Toronto challenge driver’s license suspensions, and associated charges, for drivers throughout the region.
AFFORDABLE DEFENCE TO GET YOU BACK ON THE ROAD
Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, a driver’s license can be suspended immediately for 90 days if any of the following happens:
- Your blood alcohol is over 80 (80 milligrams in 100 millilitres of blood)
- You fail or refuse to give a breath, blood or other bodily sample to police upon demand
- You fail or refuse to perform co-ordination tests or to submit to drug testing upon demand by police
In addition to losing your license, you will be subject to criminal charges. You will also be fined at the time of the suspension. In the days following the incident, if you are caught driving without a license or driving while under suspension, you will receive even more serious consequences.
All of these penalties, however, can be fought with the assistance of a Dangerous Driving Lawyer. Our firm is one of the most highly respected in Ontario, and we know the technical requirements to convict you of a DUI or drunk driving offence; and how to defend you. We are Affordable Dangerous Driving Lawyers in Ontario. Call for rates and information anytime.
Distracted or Careless Driving Tickets – What you need to know and how to fight them.
What you need to know about distracted driving tickets.
Careless and distracted driving is defined in the Highway Traffic Act as, “Driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other users of the highway.” This definition covers just about every offence. It’s an umbrella or a catch-all charge.
Many people have said that if you take every moving violation out of the Highway Traffic Act and left only Careless Driving, this offence could apply to most situations. It’s the second most frequently laid charge in the Highway Traffic Act, second to only speeding tickets.Careless driving is the No. 1 charge for all accidents.
Because Careless and Distracted Driving is broadly worded, it can be easier for prosecutors to prove than other less serious driving offences that require more detailed evidence.
Careless Driving, without question, is one of the most serious charges in the Highway Traffic Act. Because of this, representation by a licenced, qualified, experienced paralegal is highly recommended. You can get HELP – Highway Enforcement Legal Protection.
Why and how you should fight a careless/distracted driving ticket
A conviction for Careless Driving can result in a fine ranging from $400 to $2,000. It can also include a jail sentence of up to 6 months in jail.
What’s more is that the court has the authority to suspend a driver’s licence for up to two years depending on the circumstances. These are the legislative penalties for a Careless Driving ticket, but there are other ramifications that come with a conviction for this offence.
If the court does not suspend your driver’s licence, a conviction for Careless Driving can result in accumulating six demerit points. Depending on your licence classification and the number of demerit points on your record, if any, the Ministry of Transportation may also suspend your driver’s licence for various periods of time.
In some situations, the act of Careless Driving can even be characterized as an offence under the “Race or Stunt Driving” legislation, resulting in fines as high as $10,000, suspension of a licence for up to two years and even jail for a first offence.
The high cost of a distracted/careless driving conviction
The cost of insurance is yet another factor in Careless Driving offences. In Ontario, the insurance industry has set three categories of offences: Minor, Major and Serious. If you are convicted of Careless Driving, all insurance companies in Ontario will consider the conviction to be “Serious” and there can be — depending on the circumstances — an increase in your insurance premiums by 100 to 250 percent for three years or more.
An insurance company may simply decide to cancel your insurance policy. If this occurs, it’s possible to seek coverage through the Facility Association, but its premiums are extremely high. Ontario insurance companies will consider you a high risk and you will be placed in the same category as persons convicted of criminal driving offences such as Impaired Driving, DUI, Over 80 Mg, Dangerous Driving, Criminal Negligence and Failing to Remain at the scene of an accident … to name a few.
All things considered, a conviction for this offence could cost you thousands of dollars per year before it finally comes off your record to say nothing of the results if you use your licence for employment or if you are sued civilly. Can you afford to pay this high price?
Based upon all this, it’s not a surprise that we strongly urge you to get representation if you are charged with Careless Driving. Clearly, there are many serious consequences that can result from one small mistake. It’s too much to lose if you choose to represent yourself just to save on representation costs.
Richmond Hill Drunk or Distracted Drivers Lawyer
Each year, drunk and distracted drivers cause thousands of accidents in Ontario. Distracted driving in particular is becoming an increasing threat to the safety and security of Ontario’s road users. In Ontario, deaths from collisions caused by distracted driving have doubled since 2000.
According to the Government of Ontario:
- One person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every 30 minutes.
- A driver using a phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver focusing on the road
In recent years, distracted driving has been a larger contributor to motor vehicle deaths than impaired driving.
The list of modern-day distractions includes everything from texting and general mobile-phone use to personal grooming, to eating or talking with passengers. No matter the wide range of distractions however, the motor vehicle driver’s primary responsibility is always the safe operation of their vehicle. The government’s position on the issue of distracted driving was made clear in 2009 with legislation that made it illegal to use hand-held communication devices while driving.
In 2015, distracted driving penalties increased under new Ontario law. Per Bill 31 (effective September 1, 2015), fully licensed drivers may be fined up to a $1,000 and receive Three (3) demerit points.
Those injured as a result of the actions of drunk and distracted drivers may have a claim for financial compensation for their out-of-pocket medical expenses, for lost wages due to an inability to work, as well as other related consequences of their injuries.
Personal injury lawyers are important in drunk and distracted driver accidents in documenting the circumstances of the collision and establishing fault on behalf of the injured party. In some circumstances, the liability and responsibility for a drunk driving accident, for example, may extend as far as the bar or tavern who served the impaired driver.
There is a two (2) year time limit from the date of your accident, or injury, to file a claim in Court. If no claim is filed in Court, after the two year mark the right to make a claim will likely be lost. It is very important that you contact us as soon as possible after your accident, or injury, to make sure that the time limit is not missed.
There are a few possible exceptions to the two year time limit that are best explained by us. For example, if the injured person was under the age of majority at the time of the accident, or injury, you have two years from their 18th birthday. In some other cases the date the time limit starts is not on the day of the accident, but the day a person of sound mind should have known they have a claim.
Hiring Michael Mckee is risk free. There is no legal bill to pay, if there is no settlement.
Now is not the time to delay! Your ability to continue to drive is too important. In all cases, you are well advised to immediately speak with Lawyer Plug Lawyers so we can evaluate your case, get your side of the story, and relentlessly defend you against your charges.