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What is a Worst Case Scenario for a Stunt Driving Charge in Ontario?

Stunt Driving in Ontario can come with severe consequences. If you’ve been charged, you might be anxious about the potential outcome. To help you grasp the situation, let’s break down the worst-case scenarios you could face.

What Does “Stunt Driving” Mean in Ontario?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, Stunt Driving in Ontario refers to an offense where drivers excessively speed or perform dangerous maneuvers on the road.  This involves speeding more than 40km in a posted speed limit under 80km, or more than 50km in a posted speed limit over 80km.  

Penalties for Stunt Driving: It’s a Spectrum

When evaluating Stunt Driving penalties, it’s crucial to understand there’s a broad spectrum. Different factors influence the severity of the penalties you might face:

  • The court’s evaluation of your case (age, driving record)
  • The speed involved
  • Circumstances of the offence
  • Available evidence
  • The prosecutor’s discretion

Each of these factors plays a unique role in determining the severity of the penalties.

Key Examples of the Penalty Range:

  1. License Suspension: The range begins at 1 year, but in extreme cases, it can extend to 3 years.
  2. Financial Fines: A minimum of $2,000 can be charged, but this can skyrocket to $10,000 for more grievous offenses.
  3. Jail Time: While jail isn’t always guaranteed, the range starts from zero and could reach up to 6 months.

Remember, every Stunt Driving case is unique. Your friend’s experience might differ from yours based on the court, the charge, or the prosecutor. Comparisons can be misleading.

The Absolute Worst-Case Scenario for Stunt Driving

So, when we talk about the harshest penalties a first-time offender might face:

  • 3-year license suspension
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • A jail sentence of 6 months

Additionally, offenders may receive 6 demerit points, be required to attend a mandatory driver improvement course, and could face challenges obtaining insurance for several years post-suspension.

In Conclusion

If you’ve been charged with Stunt Driving in Ontario, it’s essential to understand the possible outcomes. While penalties can be severe, being informed is the first step in navigating the process. Always seek legal counsel and advice tailored to your specific situation.

What does 'Stunt Driving' entail in Ontario?

In Ontario, 'Stunt Driving' refers to driving significantly over the speed limit or performing dangerous maneuvers on public roads.

What are the maximum penalties for Stunt Driving?

The harshest penalties for Stunt Driving can include a 3-year license suspension, fines up to $10,000, and up to 6 months in jail.

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