In Canada, dangerous driving is a criminal offence that comes with serious penalties. Careless driving is not a criminal offence, but it is one of the most serious offences under the Highway Traffic Act. Both charges can impact your insurance rates and your driving privileges. Both charges also need to be taken seriously, and it is advisable to speak with an experienced lawyer in either case.
You do not have to stand alone against the criminal justice system. At Engel & Associates, we can help defend you against dangerous driving or careless driving charges in Ontario. We will make sure your side of the story is heard and your rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.
The ability to legally drive is important, especially if you live in a large city. Driving to work, taking children to school and simply living life conveniently are all made more difficult if you lose your driver’s license due to a conviction for dangerous or careless driving.
While a careless driving ticket may not seem serious, you will receive six demerit points for a charge, which will have a significant impact on your driving privileges. Dangerous driving is a criminal charge — not just a ticket — and a conviction will go on your criminal record. If anyone is injured as the result of your careless or dangerous driving, you may also face the possibility of jail time.
For more information about defence from dangerous or careless driving charges, contact lawyers Bruce Engel, Elena Davies or Kevin Weinstein at Engel & Associates. Call our Ottawa office 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (613) 235-6324.