Fight and Win. Beat Your Traffic Tickets and Serious Charges
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.
Currently it is 15 days from the issue date.
However double check. Procedures change from time to time
The response deadline should be listed on your ticket.
However, if it is more than 15 days since you were charged, a special application may be brought for an extension.
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
No. Minor errors are simply amended for accuracy, but not dismissed.
However, if the error or omission is vital evidence, there may be grounds for a motion to quash or stay proceedings.
No. The provincial prosecutor has the right to request an adjournment to another day just as the defence has if there is a valid reason.
However, on minor traffic matters, many provincial prosecutors will withdraw the charge if the officer is absent rather than require the defendant to attend another day
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 justifiable reason to do so.
Question #1: When & why should I fight a traffic ticket?
Question #2: How long do I have to respond to a ticket?
Question #3: What happens if I don't do anything?
Question #4: There is an error. is the ticket dismissed?
Question #5: What if the officer doesn't show?
Question #6: Can I plead guilty with an explanation?
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
My licence is suspended and I cannot pay the fines
Ask a paralegal to help you put together a plan to get your licence re-instated.
Payment plans can be set-up for over-due fines and more.
What about "We Win or It's Free" offers?
"We Win Or It's Free" is a gimmick. If companies advertising this "guarantee" will not give your money back in full, if they do not win your case outright, shop around.
You will probably find a better "deal" somewhere else.
If they offer you a full money back guarantee over the phone, ask them to fax you the guarantee so you can have a look at it before you sign. Read more...
How to Fight Your Ticket on your own
You can fight your ticket and you may even win.
It will take some leg work, persistence and home work on your part.
Read our tips on figihting your ticket here
Click here to see what your ticket fine might be:
(other provinces will be similar)
The fine for your traffic ticket is the least of your problems
It is the points and your insurance company that will really hurt you.
Consider these simple facts:
You will end up paying thousands of dollars more for car insurance.
You could even lose your licence.
You could even face jail time.
Too often, we have had people inquire about appealing their traffic ticket convictions after they realize that choosing not to fight their traffic tickets resulted in their insurance rates increasing.
The material provided here is for informational purposes only and is not to be relied upon as legal advice.
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