The Impact of a Provincial Offence Conviction on Your Driving Record

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If you've recently been hit with a provincial offence, you might be feeling a little lost and unsure about what it all means. But don't worry, you're not alone! As a licensed paralegal at Deborah K Shewman, Licensed Paralegal, I've helped tons of clients navigate these tricky situations and come out on top. So, let's tackle this thing together! 

Let's dive into five essential factors that you need to be aware of regarding how a provincial offense conviction can affect your driving record.


1. Convictions stay on your record for three years
In Ontario, convictions for most provincial offenses, including driving offenses, will remain on your driving record for three years from the date of the conviction. However, it's important to note that this may not be the case in all provinces or for all types of offenses. It's best to check with the specific province's Ministry of Transportation or a legal professional to confirm the rules for your specific case.

2. Your insurance rates may go up
In Canada, insurance companies may consider a provincial offense conviction as a risk factor that could increase your insurance rates. However, the exact impact on your insurance rates will depend on the specific circumstances of your case and your insurance provider's policies. A licensed paralegal, such as Deborah K Shewman, can help you understand the potential impact on your insurance rates and work to minimize the impact.

3. Your ability to drive may be affected
If you accumulate too many demerit points or are convicted of certain driving offenses, your driver's license may be suspended. This can have significant consequences, such as difficulty getting to work, school, or appointments, and may result in the loss of employment opportunities or financial penalties. It's important to understand your provincial or territorial driving regulations and to drive responsibly to avoid accumulating demerit points or committing driving offenses that could lead to license suspension.

4. You may be subject to fines and other penalties
Each province and territory in Canada has its own set of fines and penalties for different types of provincial offenses. These offenses can range from minor traffic violations to more serious offenses, such as driving under the influence or reckless driving. At Deborah K Shewman, Licensed Paralegal, I can help you understand the potential penalties associated with a provincial offense conviction, as well as the legal process for challenging or reducing the penalties. It's important to note that fines and other penalties can have serious consequences for your finances, driving privileges, and even your employment opportunities, so it's essential to take them seriously and seek legal assistance if needed.

5. A licensed paralegal can help you fight a conviction
Just because you've been convicted of a provincial offence doesn't mean the fight is over. A licensed paralegal like Deborah K Shewman can help you understand your legal options and work to have the conviction overturned or reduced.


If you've been convicted of a provincial offense, it's natural to be concerned about the impact on your driving record. A provincial offense conviction can lead to demerit points, fines, and even suspension of your driver's license. Additionally, a conviction can also result in higher insurance rates and difficulties securing employment in certain industries that require a clean driving record. That's why it's essential to understand the full scope of the consequences and explore all options available to you. As a licensed paralegal, at Deborah K Shewman Licensed Paralegal, I provide you with the knowledge and expertise to help minimize the impact of a provincial offense conviction on your driving record. With my guidance, you can take the necessary steps to protect your driving privileges and move forward with confidence.

Reach out to  Deborah K Shewman to learn more about how I can help you fight a provincial offense conviction and minimize the impact on your driving record. To learn more about the services I offer, check out my website by clicking here. To contact me click here or call me at (705) 919-8329.