​​If you have been charged with a serious Traffic Offence, you need professional help.

Myth:  If you take your ticket to court, the prosecutor, the officer or the judge can reduce or remove the points.  
Wrong!  Demerit  points are administered only  by the 
Ministry  of Transportation after a conviction has been registered.  No one, including a judge, has the authority to affect the way demerit points are assessed.  It is possible however, to negotiate a guilty plea with the prosecutor, to a lesser charge bearing no points.

Myth: If I avoid the points my insurance rates won’t go up. 
Wrong!  Insurance  companies do not  classify offences  by points, they classify them by seriousness and  put them into categories like Minor, Major, and Serious. The more serious offences generally have higher points associated with them, but it’s not the points  the  insurance company cares about, it’s the seriousness of the offence relative to the risk to insure you. 
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Do understand that no one  can guarantee the outcome of a Court case with certainty.  Any such guarantee is a marketing ploy and is contrary to the rules of 'The Law Society of Ontario' 

Do not assume that you are guilty just because you have been charged.  You should not feel that you are morally obligated to plead guilty at the first opportunity in order to take responsibility for your actions. 

Demerit  points are assessed and  awarded  when you are convicted of an offence in court, not when you are charged.  They remain on your driver’s licence history for 2 years. The record of conviction is generally visible to police for 3  years. 

Jumping the green light to turn left ahead of stopped oncoming traffic at an  intersection is wrong (where neither side has an advanced green). This action can be classified as stunt driving.  It falls under  Regulation 455/07, clause 3(8)(iv) and violators may face licence suspension, and vehicle impoundment for 7-days, and a fine of up to $10,000.00 if convicted. 

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        Commercial Vehicles / CVOR 

Heavy truck drivers typically constitute about 20% of the  traffic, and they  are among the safest drivers on the roads.  However, because they are professional drivers,  operating commercial vehicles, they are judged by a different standard, compared  to other  drivers.  They have additional requirements to meet.

If a commercial driver is issued a ticket as a result of a traffic violation, and there is a conviction.  That information is sent to the Ministry of Transportation, and   the appropriate number of CVOR points, 
(Not the demerit points) will be applied against the company's CVOR certificate. 

Too many CVOR points, and their CVOR certificate gets suspended. 
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Do you know that a driver can be arrested for;
Failing to surrender a driver’s licence and failing to give reasonable identification. (Provide some other 
identification, or even verbally give their correct name and address, during a traffic stop)

Defacing or altering any licence plate, evidence of validation or permit;

Using or permitting the use of a licence plate upon a vehicle other than a number plate authorized for use on that vehicle; 

Using or permitting the use of a licence plate or evidence of validation other than in accordance with this Act and the regulations, 

Link to Demerit Points:
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/demerit.shtml

Paying your Fines:  http://www.paytickets.ca/ 


The information on this website is provided for general purposes only and does NOT constitute legal advice. Hercules Legal Services accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from reliance on information contained in this site. 

The information on this website is provided for general purposes only and does NOT constitute legal advice.  Hercules Legal Services, accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from reliance on information contained in this site.

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