You received a Traffic Ticket in Toronto. What should you do next?
Sturino Walker Legal
Law Firm, Car Accident, Traffic Ticket
We are using the example of you receiving a Traffic Ticket in Toronto. Yet, if you receive a Traffic Ticket in Ontario, the process should be the same, if not identical.
You may think you can just pay a Traffic Ticket in Toronto and it will go away. This is not true!
You need to consider the following:
1. Demerit points on your driving record.
2. Possible rise in your insurance rates.
3. A conviction will remain on your driving record for 3 years.
Now that you know how a Traffic Ticket in Toronto can affect you, there are three options for you to choose.
Option 1 – Plead Guilty – Voluntary Payment of Total Amount: NOT ADVISABLE
You plead guilty to the charge and payment total.
You pay the total amount shown on your ticket. You can pay by cheque, money order, Visa or MasterCard. Then mail everything to the appropriate court.
Or you can go into any Provincial Offences Court with your driver’s license. Provide your driver’s license to the clerk and they will be able to find your ticket. At that point you will be able to pay.
Option 2 – Early Resolution – Meet with Prosecutor: NOT ADVISABLE
You may be allowed to meet with the prosecutor and come to a resolution prior to trial.
If you choose this option, you will never win your case and never have your case dismissed.
The only thing the prosecutor will do is reduce the charge. You may still be assessed demerit points. The ticket will remain on your driving record for 3 years.
Option 3 – Trial Option: ADVISABLE
You or your representative will appear in court to plead not guilty. You will receive the officer’s disclosure (his/her notes) that you can review.
This is the best way to deal with your Traffic Ticket in Toronto and keep your driving record clear and insurance rates the same.
The police and prosecutor must prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. If they cannot, the case will be dismissed.
If the officer does not show up, the case MAY be dismissed.
This is the only option that allows you to get the ticket dismissed, like it never happened.
Contact our office today to help increase the chances of winning your Traffic Ticket in Toronto. We know the language and formalities of the court system in order to win your case.
It would be a privilege to allow us to be your representative.
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