Here's the difference in my scenario: I was pulled over and ticketed the day my license was suspended. MTO sent the notice dated the same day ... so I had no way of knowing that my license was suspended when I drove that day.
Here's the full sequence of events:
July/23/2013 - Pulled over and ticketed for driving while using hand held device
May/05/2014 - Convicted of the offence after failed attempt to fight the ticket at court; did not pay subsequent fine and filed it under "do this sometime later this summer"
July/21/2014 - Pulled over by police and ticketed for driving while suspended (they just ran my plates ... I had no knowledge of my license having been suspended)
July/23/2014 - Received letter from MTO (dated 07/21/2014 - same date as I was pulled over and ticketed) that my license was suspended as of 7/21 for not paying the fine for the conviction on 03/05
I am looking for advice here - I am not well versed with traffic tickets, etc. This seems like the punishment (significant it seems!) doesn't match the crime.
Do I have a decent defence? Should I hire a lawyer/paralegal? I have heard that I might be able to settle this before going to trial. How would I approach that?
Can anyone recommend a top-notch lawyer in Toronto for this sort of thing?