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How do I get back my license after 30-day suspension for a Stunt Driving charge in Ontario?

When clients get Stunt Driving tickets or charges in Ontario, they are frustrated and confused as to how their car can be impounded and their license suspended without even going to court.  The answer is that the law for Stunt Driving in Ontario – Section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act – empower the police to automatically impound and suspend your license at the roadside.  There is no trial, there is no court.  There is just the police officer and yourself.  Bottom line – this is the way in which the law was written, and these are the powers given to the officers at the road to implement the penalties prescribed by the law.

So what happens to my Driver’s License after a Stunt Driving charge?

Your car will be towed and your license will be suspended immediately, and you will be left having to make your way to your destination by other means.  You also now have a 30 day period (updated June 3, 2021 – MOMS Act) where your license is suspended and you cannot drive for any reason during this administrative suspension.  

During this period is where our firm gets most client calls.  Clients are frustrated, and often panicked on how to get their licence back after the 30 days and get to their car to get it out of impound.

What do I do after my License is suspended for 30-days?

The first step is to wait.  There is no sense in trying to do anything until your suspension is nearing the end of the 24 hour period.  If you want to verify the status of your license, you can do it here:

https://www.dlc.rus.mto.gov.on.ca/dlc/enter-details

This page is a free Ontario tool to check the status of your driver’s license.  If you have any confusion about your suspension, verify here.

Where do I go to get my license reinstated after the 30 days?

There are numerous ways to get your license back.  With COVID, it is difficult to get physical access to Service Ontario.  So this leaves you with 2 choices:

  1. Call Service Ontario.  They are familiar with this process and will guide you through the steps to get your license back.  You may have long wait times, but this is the most trusted way to get your license back
  2. You can apply online to get your license back.  This way, you can pay the reinstatement fee, and get a temporary license until your new license is mailed to you.  You can do this by clicking here
Is there any good news?

Not at this point.  However, we rarely ever hear from clients that had difficulty getting back their license and getting the car from impound.  This is a standard procedure and flow generally tends to work.  If you follow the steps above, you should not have an issue driving again after the 30 days.

So what are my next steps after I get back my license?

The 14-day impound and suspension was just the beginning.  Now you have to deal with your charges in court.  A Stunt Driving conviction can have serious penalties such as mandatory 1 – 3 years license suspension (Updated June 3, 2021), up to \$10,000 in fines and up to 6-months jail time.  These are the penalties that will impair your ability to work and drive.  These are the penalties that will have a serious impact on your civil liberties.  These are the penalties you need to be focused on.  These penalties should be enough reason to get legal advise and a strategy that will help you keep driving in Ontario.

What happens after I get a Stunt Driving ticket in Ontario?

Your car will be impounded and your license will be suspended immediately by the police officer who gave you the ticket. During the administrative suspension period of 30 days, you cannot drive for any reason. After the 30 days, you can either call Service Ontario or apply online to get your license reinstated. Once your license is reinstated, you will still have to deal with the charges in court as the penalties for a Stunt Driving conviction can be severe.

What are the penalties for a Stunt Driving conviction in Ontario?

A Stunt Driving conviction in Ontario can result in a mandatory 1 to 3 years license suspension, fines up to $10,000, and up to 6 months of jail time. These penalties can have a serious impact on your ability to work and drive, which is why it is important to seek legal advice to develop a strategy that will help you keep driving in Ontario.

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