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When might I lose my licence for a criminal offence?

| Jun 29, 2021 | Driving Offences |

People are not perfect: They make mistakes and break the rules. Sometimes, these missteps have few, if any, consequences. Other times, they trigger criminal charges and penalties that can derail a person’s life.

One such penalty that a person could face if they break the law is losing their driver’s licence. Licence suspension can be the result of a wide range of offences, including those we discuss below.

When might a person lose their licence?

In Ontario, the following offences can lead to license suspension:

  • Drunk driving
  • Attempting to flee from police 
  • Careless driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

These and other criminal actions can result in mandatory suspension. In some cases, there is no requirement that a person faces this consequence, but a judge could determine to suspend a licence as part of a sentence.

Thus, defending yourself against conviction can be crucial to keeping your driving privileges intact.

How can I avoid this penalty?

Defending against criminal allegations can be vital, even when jail or prison time is unlikely. Losing a license may not be as harsh as jail time, but it can disrupt a person’s life and make things very difficult.

Without a valid driver’s licence, a person may not be able to get to work, pick up their kids from daycare or have a reliable way to run errands. Asking friends for rides can become imposing; paying for rides can become expensive.

One way to avoid this is to work with a lawyer to defend yourself against charges that jeopardize your licence. Depending on the specific situation, a defence can involve:

  • Proving you are not guilty
  • Challenging evidence
  • Negotiating lesser charges

Too many people make the mistake of downplaying penalties like licence suspension. They assume that the cost of suspension is not enough to warrant an aggressive defence. However, this can be a costly assumption that affects individuals for years to come if they are convicted. 

Thus, protecting your rights and yourself against any criminal charge can be a wise decision.