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Posted on December 12th, 2016 at 01:57 pm
Fight my traffic ticket? What is the best way to decide whether or not to fight a traffic ticket?
Start by contacting a paralegal. Paralegals in Ontario are licensed and regulated by the Law Society Of Upper Canada. Paralegals know the Highway Traffic Act and know the court procedures. A paralegal can also advise you on what outcomes are likely if you go to court. You have 15 calendar days to respond to a traffic offence, so there is no time to waste.
A speeding ticket for traveling more than 15 km/hr over the speed limit will also come with demerit points. Avoiding demerit points, if possible, will protect your driving record. Insurance companies can raise your rate when you are found guilty of a traffic offence. Your rates can increase even if there are no demerit points. It is always to your advantage to have a traffic offence dismissed or to have the charge reduced.
JASON TCHIR, Special to The Globe and Mail (click above)
Paralegals are licensed and regulated in the same way as lawyers in the Province Of Ontario. They are skilled, trained professionals supported by a full regulatory system that includes a code of professional conduct.
Specifically, when it comes to traffic tickets, paralegals know what defences can work in court depending on the circumstances of your offence and your previous driving record. Going to court with the hope that the police officer will not show up is a poor choice. It happens but not as often as you may think.
Experience in court matters. Simple errors on a ticket such as a misspelled name or a car description that is not exactly correct will likely be forgiven by the judge and the ticket upheld. There are many forgivable errors that can be ruled on by the court. Other errors may be "fatal errors" and a paralegal, experienced in traffic court, will recognize them and be able to advise you on a possible favourable outcome.
At this point you will probably choose to go to court with a paralegal on your side. Call Lyndsay at J&N Paralegal Services.
J&N Paralegal currently offers services in Innisfil, Barrie, Newmarket, King City, Orillia, Midhurst, Bradford, Midland, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Angus, Coldwater and nearby areas.
The information included in this blog is not legal advice and is not intended to be used as an alternative to legal advice. It is for general information purposes only. If you think you require legal assistance or advice, please contact our office or contact another licensee (Paralegal or Lawyer).
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