The OP is asking for a question on the process; specifically on dealing with a summons in Ontario.samedayonly wrote: ↑ I got involved in an accident. fully stopped at stop sign, but it was raining and it was a narrow road, the house on the left has fence blocked views and the stop line was very far behind the road, I made the stop at stop sign feel the car on left still far, so I drive out the car coming from my left collide into my front wheels and my car was totaled, gladly they were not injured and I got concussion due to the impact, I fully learned my lesson. Police came charged me for careless driving and am summoned to court. Do I need to hire paralegal? what do I need to do or bring at the summon date, I see at the back saying you have the option to set a date for trial. Do I have to defend myself on summon date or can ask for trial directly and then decide if I hire someone?
I have the dash cam showing the full stop, can I request the trial directly at summon without any defend and buy some time for the trial?
And keep in mind that the definition of "careless driving" is quite specific, and the OP needs to read that. Momentary carelessness or a single mistake isn't enough to meet the criteria of "careless driving", even if many of us might consider it careless. Personally, I don't think a paralegal should have too much difficulty in getting the charges reduced to "unsafe turn" or something with less insurance impact.