Definition of 'Driving While Disqualified'.
Any person that operates a motor vehicle, contrary to a Court imposed prohibition (suspension) of that person’s driving privileges for a conviction of a criminal offence (Impaired Driving, Over 80, Dangerous Driving, Fail to Stop at Scene of an Accident, etc), or who fails to properly re-instate their driver’s licence privileges after completing a period of prohibition (or suspension) can be found guilty of this offence. This is considered a serious offence because it is a Breach (FTC) of a Court order. This offence can be prosecuted either by Summary Conviction or by Indictment.
Penalties of driving without a license.
Upon conviction for this offence a person may receive a sentence of jail or fine and probation; a further driving prohibition (or suspension) throughout Canada for 1 to 3 years depending on the severity of the facts and /or the number of previous convictions on the person’s record.
What to do if charged with driving while disqualified?
Remain silent. You have a right to silence – do so. You also have a right to lawyer or legal counsel upon detention or arrest – speak with a lawyer now. You can speak to the lawyer of your choice. Driving while Disqualified can affect your life significantly and it is important to get advice that is specific to your situation.
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