Driving Under Suspension
If your licence was suspended (possibly for unpaid fines, alcohol related infractions, too many demerit points, or other reasons) and you are caught driving, you will be charged with driving with a suspended licence.
This is one of the most serious infractions under the Alberta Traffic Act. If convicted, your licence will automatically be suspended for a further six month period, and your insurance premiums will skyrocket. You may end up paying thousands of dollars more for insurance – and that’s only if you qualify. Some companies will refuse to insure you if you have been convicted of driving while suspended. At the very least, your insurance could be affected for three years or more. Depending on the situation, you may also end up in jail.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES?
If this is the first time you have been charged with driving under suspension, you face the following consequences:
A fine of not more than $2000 + 15% surcharge
Further suspension of your licence for 6 months from the end of your current suspension
Failure to pay fine will result in 14 days to a maximum of 6 months in prison
If this is your second offence within one year of the original offence, you face the same penalties as above, plus jail time from 14 days to 6 months.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
First, contact Got a Ticket Fight It – we have successfully represented numerous clients who have been charged with driving while under suspension. This is one of the most serious infractions, and you will need serious representation. Contact us, request a free quote, or call today at 780 428 1000.