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Ask me anything about fighting your traffic ticket (Speeding, Parking, etc.)

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Jun 15, 2017
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symsons wrote:
Jul 5th, 2017 3:32 pm
Hi Helping Souls!
I got a speed ticket & I intend to fight it. What are the steps to apply for Trial option? Do I need to visit the court and do some paper work to submit my Trial option? (The ticket says "For Trial Option - DO NOT MAIL"). If yes, what paper work do I need to take along? Further, Who do I meet at the court for filing notice of intention to appear in court?

Please respond ASAP.
Everything you need to know should be on the back of the ticket... it should tell you where to go to ask for a trial. And you only need to take the ticket with you.
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Anikiri wrote:
Jul 5th, 2017 3:13 pm
So it's not a by-law offense.

This will be a moving violation 100%, even if you take a plea deal.
so my best bet would be to try to plea, then set a court date/ask for disclosure, then try again for plea deals?
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CHILLPILL123 wrote:
Jul 6th, 2017 2:29 am
so my best bet would be to try to plea, then set a court date/ask for disclosure, then try again for plea deals?
Depends what you want out of this. If you want to take a chance and drag this out, potentially the cop may not show up to one of the court dates, or drag it out long enough using disclosure delays and potentially file for 11b. This can take up to a year or more and there is no guarantee that it'll work for you.

If you just want to get this over with, file for disclosure, go to your court date, the prosecution then will offer you a plea deal, take the plea deal and go home. Conversely, you can take pictures of your intersection and if you really think it is confusing then bring these pictures and explain your side to the JoP. This means refusing the plea deal. The JoP (if you have a good case) will at least give you a reduced penalty, or throw out the ticket if your case is really good.

It's up to you.
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symsons wrote:
Jul 5th, 2017 3:32 pm
Hi Helping Souls!
I got a speed ticket & I intend to fight it. What are the steps to apply for Trial option? Do I need to visit the court and do some paper work to submit my Trial option? (The ticket says "For Trial Option - DO NOT MAIL"). If yes, what paper work do I need to take along? Further, Who do I meet at the court for filing notice of intention to appear in court?

Please respond ASAP.
Where is the ticket from? Check to back for trial with officer present.
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Jul 3, 2017
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I just got speeding ticket 114 km/hr on 80 km/hr zone, and fined $ 256 PLUS 4 demerit point at location(HWY 10) close to Owen sound at Grey county, Ontario. I have Allstate as my insurance

I have clean records with no violation in the last 10 years and this is my first violation in the last 10 years
I wonder if somebody can help me with information regarding
1. is this 34 km/hr over the limit a major or minor offence from ALLSTATE point of view
2. I live about 3 hr away from Owen sound, is it worth while to fight to get reduction of my point to reduce the possibility on insurance increase
3. I wonder if somebody will know if OPP has more tendency to show up at the court at Owen sound court
4. Can somebody inform me how tough or lenient the Owen sound court for speeding ticket... i.e. How much reduction would I expect to have for the above offence

Thank you so much for your input
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I requested "Intent to Appear" for my parking ticket in May 1st 2017, and I have not yet received anything today after filing the disrupt.

I still have the yellow copy with me and my address is correct. Will I still receive it even its after 2 months? thanks
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Jun 15, 2017
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jefrkw wrote:
Jul 7th, 2017 8:36 am
I just got speeding ticket 114 km/hr on 80 km/hr zone, and fined $ 256 PLUS 4 demerit point at location(HWY 10) close to Owen sound at Grey county, Ontario. I have Allstate as my insurance

I have clean records with no violation in the last 10 years and this is my first violation in the last 10 years
I wonder if somebody can help me with information regarding
1. is this 34 km/hr over the limit a major or minor offence from ALLSTATE point of view
2. I live about 3 hr away from Owen sound, is it worth while to fight to get reduction of my point to reduce the possibility on insurance increase
3. I wonder if somebody will know if OPP has more tendency to show up at the court at Owen sound court
4. Can somebody inform me how tough or lenient the Owen sound court for speeding ticket... i.e. How much reduction would I expect to have for the above offence

Thank you so much for your input
1. Some insurance companies consider speeding 30 to 49 over as MINOR and some consider it MAJOR. Only insurance company can answer that question so you will have to ask them.

2. Its always worthwhile to try and get a reduction. You may be able to schedule an early resolution meeting with prosecutor over the phone. They have no obligation to offer you any kind of deal or reduction, but a lot of times they will. So you might get an offer for something like 25 to 29 over which is only 3 demerits and is considered a MINOR by all insurance.

3. OPP are 99% going to show up for court. Trial dates are scheduled around their shifts that they are working so it is very rare for OPP to not show up.

4. No idea.
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jefrkw wrote:
Jul 7th, 2017 8:36 am
I just got speeding ticket 114 km/hr on 80 km/hr zone, and fined $ 256 PLUS 4 demerit point at location(HWY 10) close to Owen sound at Grey county, Ontario. I have Allstate as my insurance

I have clean records with no violation in the last 10 years and this is my first violation in the last 10 years
I wonder if somebody can help me with information regarding
1. is this 34 km/hr over the limit a major or minor offence from ALLSTATE point of view
2. I live about 3 hr away from Owen sound, is it worth while to fight to get reduction of my point to reduce the possibility on insurance increase
3. I wonder if somebody will know if OPP has more tendency to show up at the court at Owen sound court
4. Can somebody inform me how tough or lenient the Owen sound court for speeding ticket... i.e. How much reduction would I expect to have for the above offence

Thank you so much for your input
OPP is more than likely to show up. When does your insurance term renew? It may be a better option to request trial.
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Sep 25, 2003
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Got a speeding ticket for 70km/h over 50km/h zone. But the set fine and total payable are $0. Then I found that the description in the ticket said "SPEEDING - 70 KM/H IN A 4 KM/H ZONE". Does that mean the ticket is invalid and I'm off the hook?
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I got caught by a red light camera at Danforth and Greenwood last night, it was yellow and as soon as I crossed the white line it was red. I would have stopped but I was going too fast already.

Do they typically reduce these if I go to court?
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Jun 15, 2017
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ultra wrote:
Jul 7th, 2017 6:29 pm
Got a speeding ticket for 70km/h over 50km/h zone. But the set fine and total payable are $0. Then I found that the description in the ticket said "SPEEDING - 70 KM/H IN A 4 KM/H ZONE". Does that mean the ticket is invalid and I'm off the hook?
In Ontario if there is a error like this it is fatal IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THE TICKET. You must completely ignore the ticket and keep the original in a safe place. Do not respond and do not pay it and do not plead not guilty and do not ask for early resolution.

If you ignore it, then yes it go away. In a month or two, call the provincial offences office and ask the status of the ticket to confirm.
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Sep 25, 2003
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ShrekTek wrote:
Jul 8th, 2017 10:45 am
In Ontario if there is a error like this it is fatal IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THE TICKET. You must completely ignore the ticket and keep the original in a safe place. Do not respond and do not pay it and do not plead not guilty and do not ask for early resolution.

If you ignore it, then yes it go away. In a month or two, call the provincial offences office and ask the status of the ticket to confirm.
Good to hear that, I'll take your advice and ignore the ticket
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Jul 8, 2017
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Hi everyone,

I just got a speeding ticket today for 126 km. I was rushing to a wedding to which I was the best man and I live 3 hours away from the wedding location. Needless to say, and it is my fault, I was late. The cop (with a radar) stoped me under a bridge where he was two lanes away from me and I beleive I remember a car passing next to me simultaneously. I'm wondering if it's worth it for me to contest the ticket? Will the hearing take place at the location of infraction?
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Vinceive wrote:
Jul 9th, 2017 12:53 am
Hi everyone,

I just got a speeding ticket today for 126 km. I was rushing to a wedding to which I was the best man and I live 3 hours away from the wedding location. Needless to say, and it is my fault, I was late. The cop (with a radar) stoped me under a bridge where he was two lanes away from me and I beleive I remember a car passing next to me simultaneously. I'm wondering if it's worth it for me to contest the ticket? Will the hearing take place at the location of infraction?
You should always try and fight it. Plead Not Guilty and request a trial with the officer present. Once you get the notice of trial, you can request disclosure (Officers notes). Once you get the notes, post them here and we can determine if you have a case or not.

You have nothing to lose by doing this because you can just pay the ticket anytime up to the trial anyways if you decide you dont want to fight it, but you should at least look at officers notes first before you decide.

And yes the trial would be in the area where the ticket was written.
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I am not a lawyer and I am not a paralegal and I do not give legal advice.
All statements made are my opinion only.
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Dec 11, 2003
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I just got my court date and it will be in January. I want to request my disclosure. Do I have to go to the courthouse and submit the form? Or is there another way to do that? Thanks.
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