Can a paralegal help me?
Yes, a charge does not necessarily have to be a conviction, with the help of a paralegal they could obtain police officer notes, witness statements, they can argue exclusion of evidence, retain the services of expert defence witnesses, prepare for, and conduct a trial, challenge the credibility of witnesses who may testify against you and even negotiate with the prosecution for the withdrawal of charges, a lesser charge, or a reduced sentence.
When & Why should I fight a traffic ticket?
Even if you are guilty, you should file a defence to protect your licence and prevent horrendous insurance increases. If you were charged with any provincial offence including one under the Highway Traffic Act, the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act or Liquor Licence Act, or the equivalents in your province, you should act immediately.
Can I plead guilty with an explanation?
Yes and no. You or your paralegal can plead guilty but the Justice of the Peace has no control or authority over points. This is a Ministry of Transportation issue set by the Province. As for the fine, the Justice of the Peace has discretion under the Provincial Offences Act to reduce the fine if there is a justifiable reason to do so.
What happens if I don’t do anything?
You will be found guilty in your absence as you are deemed not to dispute the charge on the basis of your failure to respond. Your licence could be suspended for unpaid fines if you fail to pay the fine and costs. Not knowing of the unpaid fine is not a defence. You could even face jail time for serious tickets
How long do demerit points stay on my record?
Two years, but the information may remain on the Ministry of Transportation computer for several years even after points have been restored. This data is often used by insurance companies in their decisions regarding new policies or renewals as well as by employers with respect to their hiring policy of drivers
How much will it cost?
Consultations are free, afterwards, if you decide to work with us and our paralegals we will give you a quote on how much we will be charging. It’s on a case by case basis.
How many points will I lose?
Refer to the demerit point page.