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Highway Traffic Act Offences

Highway Traffic Act Offences

Your license will be suspended for 30 days if you have over 15 points (for an old driver) and for 60 days if you have more than 9 points for a new driver. Note you also get demerit points when you are convicted of violating driving laws in other Canadian territories and provinces and in the States of New York and Michigan.

You should hire a lawyer if you are accused of a Highway Traffic Act offence because there is a risk of jail time and an increase in premiums with some offences, an example being driving while your licence is under suspension.

The Dangers Of Highway Traffic Act Offences

When most people in the Greater North York Area get a speeding ticket, they simply pay the ticket. You may be surprised to learn that sending in the payment is an admission of guilt, which has consequences that could come to haunt you. Other than speeding, there are several other Highway Traffic Act Offences as captured by the Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

Note that Highway Traffic Act offences are the most commonly tried offences in Provincial Offences court with over 1.3 million offences being tried each year. The most common of these (in order of frequency) are:

  • Speeding
  • Red light – proceeding before the green light
  • Driving a motor vehicle with no currently validated permit
  • Disobeying stop sign (failing to stop)
  • Driving while holding a hand-held communication device

Other than the obvious financial cost, speeding 15 kilometers per hour over the limit leads to demerit points. Demerit points are added after every conviction of a Highway Traffic Act offence, not just speeding. The demerit points stay on your record for 2 years from the date of the offence.

Your license will be suspended for 30 days if you have over 15 points (for an old driver) and for 60 days if you have more than 9 points for a new driver. Note you also get demerit points when you are convicted of violating driving laws in other Canadian territories and provinces and in the States of New York and Michigan.

You should hire a lawyer if you are accused of a Highway Traffic Act offence because there is a risk of jail time and an increase in premiums with some offences, an example being driving while your licence is under suspension.

  • Speeding
  • Red light – proceeding before the green light
  • Driving a motor vehicle with no currently validated permit
  • Disobeying stop sign (failing to stop)
  • Driving while holding a hand-held communication device

Other than the obvious financial cost, speeding 15 kilometers per hour over the limit leads to demerit points. Demerit points are added after every conviction of a Highway Traffic Act offence, not just speeding. The demerit points stay on your record for 2 years from the date of the offence.

Got A Case? Need Legal Help?

Our Defense

At Proton Law Firm, we have a team that has many years of experience handling Highway Traffic Act offences in the GTA.

Some offences attract driving prohibitions and substantial fines. We will argue your case to minimize the driving prohibitions and fines if it is not possible to have the case dismissed altogether.

One alternative to pleading guilty by paying the fine is attending a resolution meeting with the Crown prosecutor to argue for a reduced penalty. We will appear before the prosecutor on your behalf, which is important because our engagement will be devoid of emotions and we know our way around the prosecutor’s office. We will present your driving record, the seriousness of the charge, and whether the ticketing officer had already reduced the charge in your defence.

Another alternative to pleading guilty is going on trial. If the case ends up in trial, we will write to the office of the Crown prosecutor to request your disclosure before your appearance in court. We will go through the disclosure, which consists of the handwritten notes from the ticketing police officer, keenly to put up a proper defence. Our criminal defence lawyer North York will look for what is missing and use this to poke holes in the prosecutor’s case, keeping in mind that according to Justice Feldman’s decision in R. v. Vancrey, the prosecutor has to prove the offence.

Talk to our criminal lawyer North York on +12892752602 for a consultation on highway traffic act offences.

At Proton Law Firm, we have a team that has many years of experience handling Highway Traffic Act offences in the GTA.

Some offences attract driving prohibitions and substantial fines. We will argue your case to minimize the driving prohibitions and fines if it is not possible to have the case dismissed altogether.

One alternative to pleading guilty by paying the fine is attending a resolution meeting with the Crown prosecutor to argue for a reduced penalty. We will appear before the prosecutor on your behalf, which is important because our engagement will be devoid of emotions and we know our way around the prosecutor’s office. We will present your driving record, the seriousness of the charge, and whether the ticketing officer had already reduced the charge in your defence.

Another alternative to pleading guilty is going on trial. If the case ends up in trial, we will write to the office of the Crown prosecutor to request your disclosure before your appearance in court. We will go through the disclosure, which consists of the handwritten notes from the ticketing police officer, keenly to put up a proper defence. Our criminal defence lawyer North York will look for what is missing and use this to poke holes in the prosecutor’s case, keeping in mind that according to Justice Feldman’s decision in R. v. Vancrey, the prosecutor has to prove the offence.

Highway Traffic Act Offences

Talk to our criminal lawyer North York on +12892752602 for a consultation on highway traffic act offences.

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If I could give David Costa more than 5 stars I would. The moment that I called him in 2015, I knew right away that he was the right person to represent my son. He gave my son a list of things to do to help his case. David replied to every email that I sent to him and answered all my questions no matter how many times I asked the same questions. He even talked to my son when he thought my son was not doing enough to get the best possible outcome. We are pleased with the outcome of the case. Excellent lawyer! Highly recommended! Definitely North York’s Top Lawyer!
Rusty Moore
Rusty Moore
15:55 16 Jan 19
David Costa was my brother’s defense lawyer on a first degree murder charge. I called the lawyer the moment my brother was arrested. There was absolutely no physical evidence against my brother. There were alibi witnesses and coroner evidence that he could not have killed the victim. And Mr. Costa did everything we asked him to do as our lawyer. He called the alibi witnesses, he made sure all evidences are preserved, he hired a PI and did an investigation of his own. He did everything he could to save my brother from jail. Our whole family is grateful to David Costa for his knowledge, experience, support and strong motivation. David is a very good man.
Jeffrey Wen
Jeffrey Wen
02:34 27 Nov 18
The charges I had were dismissed, however along the way I spoke to a couple lawyers. I stuck with David because I could tell he had a level of knowledge others didn’t. He also was always very quick to get back to me. If I ever need a lawyer in the future it will be David for sure and I also recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance.
James Obryant
James Obryant
17:02 15 Jan 19
The best adoption lawyer in North York! David Costa walked us through everything, and was with us every second on the big day! We did not have many face to face meetings, as he communicates very well via email. This is definitely a lawyer who takes his time to do it correctly. We honestly can’t thank him enough!
Ruth Bowen
Ruth Bowen
02:34 13 Jan 19
Mr. Costa is a great lawyer. He is a professional who always answered my calls/emails promptly and kept me informed on the latest information regarding my case. I am happy with the outcome and I recommend him to anyone who needs a defense lawyer.
Frank Elliott
Frank Elliott
06:28 13 Jan 19
From my experience, as a client and referring clients to Proton Law Firm keeps satisfying me and referred family, friends, and business contacts. They are easy to reach, easy to talk to, and make what can be a complex legal system very manageable .
Benji Teixeira
Benji Teixeira
17:41 09 Apr 19
Excellent lawyer with great work ethics, professionalism, knowledge and understanding. I hired him to represent me for traffic violation. He explained me everything about the case and expected outcomes. He studied my case in detail and in the end got the case dismissed. Highly recommended.
Willie Sweeney
Willie Sweeney
16:47 05 Jan 19
My family and I are grateful for the positive experience we had with Proton Law firm. Kowlasar Misir, our Lawyer was extremely honest, thorough and trusting through out the entire process of our family case. We had the pleasure of meeting with Kowlasar for a second time recently and again the help and understanding surpassed my expectations.
Tania E
Tania E
15:14 28 Aug 19
Mr. Costa was a great help with my custody case. He walked me through the process step-by-step and gave me some useful tips. I am relieved now that I got a full custody of my daughter. Back than I was quite shaken by the circumstances and his confidence really was just what I needed.
Jeanne Axy
Jeanne Axy
03:25 15 Sep 19
Back in 2017, my nephew was accused of a fraud over $5000, he was only 19 and my family felt horrible for him. Proton Law did everything to defend him and was able to help him. We are very grateful to David and his team and strongly recommend them.
Katie Quirk
Katie Quirk
12:12 17 Sep 19
David was handling my DUI case and I could not be more grateful. I gave him a call right after I got arrested, he calmed me down and gave me an action plan. I don’t know how things would turn out if I would go with another lawyer. This guy is worth every penny spent on his services.
Clyde Wiley
Clyde Wiley
09:05 19 Sep 19
Proton Law was incredible experience from day one. Very intelligent, compassionate and accessible team, I felt like they actually cared about my case.  I strongly recommend them for criminal defence cases (speaking from personal experience).
Mary Schmitt
Mary Schmitt
04:30 26 Sep 19
Back in 2009 I was a troublesome young man and managed to get a criminal record. Time have passed and I changed, but my record remained as a reminder of my past, reminder that made my life more difficult than needed.  I was referred to David Costa by one of my friends who also had a similar experience. He helped me to get a pardon and today my record is clean. I feel like that weight is finally off my shoulders.
William Palmisano
William Palmisano
03:11 27 Sep 19
Thanks to these guys I was able to close the deal on my dream house! I can’t stop braging about Proton Law, they are an amazing team and deserve all the credit.
Freddy Bishop
Freddy Bishop
02:46 09 Oct 19
My son was arrested for possession of Schedule 1 drug back in January. I was completely mortified. David did an amazing job minimizing penalties, he was there for our family throughout the whole process. I strongly recommend Proton Law to anyone who needs help to deal with criminal charges.
Nicolas Lane
Nicolas Lane
07:50 12 Oct 19
David is so on point! He worked on my criminal defence case, great guy and great outcome. Would give him 10 stars if I could.
Gillian Smith
Gillian Smith
08:50 29 Oct 19
David worked on my sister in law sponsorship application. She is from Bulgaria and the immigration process from that country to Canada is pretty complex. My brother told us David was always reachable, answered every question they had and most importantly, my sister in law is now in Canada with us!
Karen Gallo
Karen Gallo
08:42 08 Nov 19
David is very professional and thorough. He helped me to deal with my speeding over 50 charge. Great job!
Bahareh Shai
Bahareh Shai
19:13 21 Jan 20
Best Lawyer ever! dropped my charges a few years ago, still keep in touch with him! really appreciate his work and effort! life changing ! He's the best lawyer in the field!
Lucy Zimmerman
Lucy Zimmerman
19:29 19 Feb 20
I was refered to David by a good friend of mine, when I needed help the most. It was a difficult time for me and working with him on my side really helped me to get through it. I recommend David and his law firm to anyone who needs help with criminal law.
Terri Burningham
Terri Burningham
03:37 17 Feb 20
I had a DUI charge and was very anxious about it as you can imagine. Looking for a bail lawyer I scheduled meetings at several law firms. Costa was my third meeting and the moment we set down with him I knew he should represent me. He is compassionate and honest guy who genuinely wants best for his clients. I can't thank him enough for all the help with my case.
Sean Keller
Sean Keller
15:12 25 Feb 20
I had GREAT experience hiring mr. costa as my bail lawyer, highly recommend!
Scott Chen
Scott Chen
16:07 26 Feb 20
Highway Traffic Act Offences