What happens if I am convicted of driving while disqualified?
A conviction for driving while disqualified is a serious criminal offence, and there is a wide range of sentences that can follow a finding of guilt for this charge. Because you are often breaching a term of probation after a finding of guilt for a prior criminal offence, jail sentences are common for this offence. If you are convicted of driving while disqualified, you can typically expect that the Crown will seek a jail term of at least 30 days or more. The maximum jail sentence for driving while disqualified is 5 years. It is important to know that the length of the driving prohibition and any other penalties that can accompany your sentence will increase for second, third, and subsequent offences.
In addition to a potential jail term, you will face a large fine that can go up to a maximum of $5000, and an additional term of suspension that will only begin running after the initial suspension ends. Further to this, the vehicle that you were driving at the time of the offence will be impounded for 30 days, even if it is not your vehicle. The towing and impound fees that will follow the seizure and impound of your vehicle will also all be charged to the registered owner of that vehicle.
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