More seriously, I was also charged with Drive Under Suspension HTA 53. My license has been suspended for a very long period, according to the officer, currently due to unpaid fines. The courthouse informed me I owe about $4000. If I pay that amount before I am scheduled to appear on this charge: 1) will it be beneficial in receiving a lesser punishment or 2) does the judge have the power to reduce the total amount owed if I declare the ability to pay immediately all fines imposed? Any advice would be appreciated. I am only able to resolve these financial matters because my mother passed away in January and left me a small inheritance.
Taking care of your outstanding fines certainly won't hurt when it comes to sentencing. Crown's often cite large outstanding fines as a sign that the accused doesn't care. It's still a pretty serious charge through, and may be worth seeking legal representation.