Options for Disputing Speeding Tickets
When you fight your speeding ticket you have a chance of winning and keeping your insurance low.
Early Resolutions, First Attendance & Meeting the Prosecutor
Avoid early resolutions, first attendances or meetings with the Prosecutor.
The prosecutors job, as the name suggests, is to convict or find you guilty of speeding.
Attending these types of meeting will mean the ticket “might be reduced” but a conviction to speeding will still appear on the driving record and insurance.
When a driver does attend one of these meetings and takes a quick offer of a reduced charge:
- the ticket goes on the driving record forthwith,
- the ticket is available for insurance companies to base insurance rates for three (3) years, and
- any demerit points are immediately applied.
By appearing for a trial date,
- the officer must attend,
- the charge must be proven and
- the ticket maybe dismissed completely
- reduced charges are usually still available
- demerit points and the conviction is kept off insurance until after any trial date
Pleading NOT GUILTY and setting a “Trial Date” is the option every driver should take for a speeding or traffic ticket.
Win by Trial Date – not Early Resolution Dates
Options for speeding tickets include:
- paying the ticket
- pleading guilty with an explanation
- first attendance or meeting with the prosecutor
- going to trial
As each court in Ontario may have rules or their own procedures about disputing traffic tickets, your options for disputing the charge will be listed on the back of the ticket.
The only way of not having the ticket appear on your insurance rates is to fight the ticket by setting a trial date. Drivers should always fight the ticket as ninety-nine percent of contested traffic tickets are dismissed or reduced by appearing on a “Trial Date”.
A trial date is the best way to win your speeding ticket
Picking option three (3) “Set a Trial Date” is the best choice to fight your speeding ticket, to save your demerits and to keep the ticket from affecting your insurance.
By setting a trial date, the driver:
- avoids the ticket going on their driving record as long as possible,
- you don’t pay any fine until 30 days after any court date
- the ticket doesn’t appear on insurance rates
- the driver has an opportunity to win the charge
When the driver requests a court date the charge is frozen in time until after a trial date which could be months or even years in the future, saving demerits and insurance increases.
Who Can Fight a Traffic Ticket
When charged with speeding drivers can:
- appear in court themselves,
- have a friend appear
- hire a licensed paralegal
The driver can then either appear in court themselves on a trial date or have someone or a paralegal appear for them. Where a friend appears the representative cannot give evidence or tell the court what the driver or defendant told them, this would be considered “Hearsay Evidence”
Where you appear yourself, your knowledge of the court system and rules of evidence will be tested. Where you hire a paralegal, they will know the system, law and technicalities for fighting speeding tickets.