Can I fight my own Ontario traffic ticket ?
A prosecutor has one job- take the charge that a Police Officer has laid and to prosecute it to the extent of conviction.
Lets say John Q. Public has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act. John decides that since it is “just a traffic ticket”, he could fight it himself. The prosecutor invites John to an early resolution meeting and offers him to plea to a “follow too close” charge down from careless driving, with a significantly cheaper fine. Win-Win situation, John with little to no knowledge of the law, thinks. “I can fight Ontario traffic tickets, people do it all the time.”
Little does John know that even though he got off paying a significantly reduced fine and saved some money, he still received a 4 point conviction on his record. His insurance went up significantly for not just 1, but 3 years. While this offer of paying $85 instead of $400 in fines, and receiving 4 points instead of a 6 point conviction, might seem very tempting, the consequences extend beyond what see in front of you, including a possible $5-10,000 in extra insurance expenses over the next few years. Not to mention if John gets even another minor speeding ticket or other traffic offense under his belt, his insurance company now sees 2 convictions and classifies him as a “riskier” driver, with penalties.
However, when you choose a legal professional such as a licensed Paralegal to represent you in traffic court, things change. A Paralegal licensed under the Law Society Of Upper Canada is well versed with the Standard of proof required to gain a conviction against you, and will make the prosecutor prove that. For instance, only a competent legal professional would be able to advise you that the prosecution in your “Drive under Suspension” charge, has to prove not only that the notice was sent out, but that it was also received, and that the driver was aware that their license was under suspension. If the prosecutor is unable to prove that the MTO did in fact send the correct paperwork to the defendant, the prosecution cannot gain a conviction.
Chris Ward at Help 4 U Paralegal Services has watched way too many individuals plead guilty to follow to close, careless driving with reduced fines, or even drive under suspension charges, where it was tough for the prosecution to gain a conviction. The average citizen is unable to recognize whether or not the prosecution has their case, blinded by the one-time “take it or leave it” offer by the prosecutor. With the help of experienced and qualified licensed Paralegals at Help 4 U Paralegal Services to help you fight Ontario Traffic Tickets , you can help prevent being John Q. Public.