The government of Ontario does not make light about novice driver offences. As a novice driver, though the rules of the road apply, there is added pressure to follow the laws. The consequences are severe, yes, and they are subject to escalating penalties.
A novice driver is considered anyone holding a Class G1, M1 driver’s license or Class G2, M2 driver’s license. A Class G1 driver’s license limits drivers to only being able to drive when there is an individual there with them with more than 4 years of experience on their G license.
Some of the most common novice driver offences include high blood alcohol concentration levels and driving under the influence, following too close, exceeding the speed limit, careless driving, racing, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, failing to stop when signaled by a police officer and failing to stop for a school bus.
Any offence against a novice driver means serious penalties, including a 30-day licence suspension for the first offence, a 60-day license suspension for the second offence, and a loss of licence for a third offence. Should a novice lose their licence, they will be required to re-apply and begin the process all over again – which includes paying all the necessary fees.
The suspensions imposed are not found anywhere on your ticket, nor are you warned in court. These are hidden suspensions found in a regulation and by the time you realize it, it’s too late. You’re suspended.
Considering this, the best legal advice that can be provided on a novice driver offence is to contact a legal professional. There is no reason to simply accept a charge without having the facts examined by an experienced paralegal. Though there are no guarantees and every situation is different, you have the right to fight for your ticket. By going over it with an experienced professional, you can make an informed decision on how to move forward.
There’s no reason to delay. Novice driver violations have the potential to severely limit someone from obtaining their full license. In terms of driving violations, whether it is something in violation of the Criminal Code or a charge in violation of the Motor Vehicle Act, we can help. For anyone going through the legal steps to acquiring a full license, it can be very discouraging having to immerse themselves into the complex processes of the court system. The possibility of having a conviction on your name will no doubt continue to have an impact for years down the line, including insurance premiums.
Since 1990, we have been defending novice driver offences in the Ontario court system. In this time, we have successfully argued thousands of cases and/or limited the damage that a conviction can have.
Novice driver offences have played a sizeable role in the work we do at our firm. The past three decades of work has been based on protecting the rights of Ontario residents, and that includes novice drivers. Be it charges for careless driving, stunt driving, or something else, we will work day and night to find the defence that is right for you. Contact us today for more information on how we can contribute to your defence.