Traffic Tickets

Moving Violations

Moving Violation tickets include any violation of the law committed by the driver of a vehicle in motion. Moving violations are charged against the actual driver, not the owner of the vehicle.

Moving violations include:

  • failure to use a seat belt
  • speeding
  • driving through a red light
  • driving in the wrong direction
  • texting and driving
  • distracted driving
  • driving under the influence (DUI)
  • leaving the scene of an accident
  • road rage
  • failure to yield in a right of way
  • failure to drive in a single lane
  • failure to signal for turns or lane changes
  • tailgating
  • driving on the shoulder
  • failure to stop at a pedestrian crosswalk
  • failure to stop for a school bus
  • illegally driving in a car pool lane
  • failure to secure a load to a vehicle
  • and failure to pull to the shoulder to give right of way to emergency vehicles.

Moving violations that are considered the most serious are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, racing and stunt driving, and vehicular homicide. The most common moving violation is speeding.

Non-Moving Violations

Non-Moving violation tickets are issued to the vehicle’s actual owner, not the driver when the vehicle is not in motion. Non-moving violations are broken equipment like a headlight or tail-light, or license, registration, inspection, and parking violations and failing to wear a seatbelt.

Driving Under Suspension Tickets

Driving under suspension tickets can lead to a minimum of one thousand dollars ($1000.00) fine, but with alcohol related tickets the fine is a minimum of five thousand ($5000.00) dollars. Your license will be further suspended under a mandatory 6 months term for a first offence. Your vehicle will be seized for seven days and you may face 6 months in jail. Your future insurance rates will skyrocket and will be problematic for the long-term.

Careless Driving Tickets

Careless driving tickets can be complicated by the fact that some are with a fine and some are without a fine attached. Fighting a careless driving ticket with a fine can save you from pleading guilty and receiving 6 demerit points on your driving record, a fine of $325.00 and a serious increase in your insurance rates that will impact you for a lengthy period of time.

Careless driving tickets without a fine amount listed are an automatic summons to court. If convicted you will face a drivers licence suspension of up to 2 years, fines of up to $1000.00 and jail time of up to 6 months.

Careless driving tickets are complex and require expert court experience and sound research skills to save you from all their consequences. This includes your rates raised to a high- risk insurance bracket or worse yet, an all out refusal from insurance companies to insure you at all. If you drive without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons then you can be issued a careless driving ticket.

Speeding Tickets

Speeding tickets over 15 km/h carry demerit points and they will affect your insurance rates. The Ministry of transportation will discuss suspending your driving licences at nine (9) or more demerit points. Speeding tickets for over 50km/h can result in a suspension of driving up to 30 days. If you choose not to fight your speeding ticket and plead guilty by paying the fine, the conviction remains on your driving record for three (3) years. In that time period your insurance company may access your record and find reason to increase you insurance premiums.

How a fine is calculated requires knowing that the fines are based on five components and that there are three ways of being charged. Each way has different fine amounts. Our team of expert paralegals and lawyers are members of the Law Society of Upper Canada and have fifteen years expertise to ensure that you will experience no miscalculations and that your driving record will be kept safe from any unnecessary convictions and demerit points.

Stunt Driving & Racing Tickets

Stunt Driving and Racing tickets certainly require a properly mounted defence with expert courtroom experience in order to mitigate damages to your driving record and license suspension. It is considered a very serious charge by both the courts and the insurance companies it may even result in your inability to get insurance altogether.

If your license were suspended for up to two years would it negatively affect your ability to be gainfully employed?

That is one of the possible penalties you would face with a Racing and Stunt driving ticket. If convicted for a second time your license could be suspended up to ten (10) years.

Racing and Stunt driving ticket will immediately have a seven (7) day license suspension a minimum fine of $2,000.00, and your vehicle will be impounded for seven (7) days. If convicted you will have seven (7) demerit points, long-term problems with extremely high insurance rates, and face the possibility of being put in prison for up to six (6) months.

Failure To Show Insurance Tickets

Failing to show insurance tickets will show up as a conviction on your driving record but will not carry demerit points. Even without demerit points, paying these tickets will still affect your insurance premiums negatively. Some insurance companies only consider the number of convictions. Even one conviction could double your insurance rate.

Driving Without Insurance Tickets

Driving without insurance is a serious offense and is a ticket that comes with huge consequences. You will have no option to plead guilty by paying a fine. You will be summoned to court to face a conviction that carries a minimum license suspension of 30 days to a maximum of 6 months, a minimum mandatory fine of $5000.00 and possible jail time. Your ability to get driving insurance in the future will be seriously limited for the long-term and will result in astonishingly high rates.

Red Light Tickets

There are two types of Red Light Tickets. One is issued by a Police Officer, to the driver. The second is a Red- Light Camera Ticket that is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. In both situations a ticket is issued for Failing to Stop at a Red Light when going through an intersection on a red light or, for not coming to a complete stop at an intersection before making a right turn.

If convicted you would face a fine of $260.00 plus possible surcharges and 3 demerit points. Failing to Stop at a Red Light is considered a major offense by the insurance companies, and your insurance rates would likely be raised. The conviction would stay on your record for 3 years.

The red-light camera ticket mailed to the owner of the vehicle will not appear on their driver’s record. The fine amount is larger but no demerit points are attached to the fine. This is because the camera does not know who is driving the car, and without the Driver’s License information it is impossible to lay a conviction against a specific person.

The fine has to be paid on time by the owner, and any outstanding fines must be paid otherwise the vehicle might have its permit validation refused or the owner refused a new permit. The amount on the ticket becomes due in full and payable immediately. As the owner of the car you will be mailed the camera ticket, you won’t be given a ticket by a Police Officer.