The hand-held wireless communication device charge covers any touching, holding, or using a hand-held wireless communication device (cell phone or tablet), for any reason other than to call 911, at any time while on the road in your vehicle—this includes while stopped at a red light or stop sign.
The hand-held electronic entertainment device charge covers the same thing as the hand-held charge, but applies to entertainment devices such as MP3 or DVD players, televisions, or computers.
The penalties for a hand-held or entertainment device charge for drivers with a G-class license in Ontario are as follows:
- For the first offence: a fine between $500 and $1,000 as well as a 3-day suspension of your license;
- For the second offence: a fine between $500 and $2,000 as well as a 7-day suspension of your license;
- For the third or additional subsequent offence: a fine between $500 and $3,000 as well as a 30-day suspension of your license.
The penalties for novice class drivers (G1/G2 or M1/M2) include escalating sanctions by way of further suspensions upon conviction—even more reason to make sure you have proper representation.
How can X-Copper help you fight a hand-held or entertainment device charge?
Every hand-held or entertainment device case that is handled by X-Copper is thoroughly examined by our professional legal team. By ordering and reviewing disclosure (police officer’s evidence) prior to attending court on your behalf, we can make an informed decision about your best interest as a driver. This ensures that our legal professionals are overly prepared to represent your case before the courts.
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