Automotive

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

Jr. Member
Dec 15, 2015
195 posts
93 upvotes
Toronto
198886 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 8:12 am
I just got a speeding ticket in the mail. I'm thinking of fighting it. In the pictures I can see that the light was yellow before and when I was in the middle of the intersection. I was traveling at 98kph in 70kph zone according to the ticket. The road was snowed a little. I think I was trying to make the light and I wouldn't have been able to stop if I didn't speed up in time. This was in Calgary. I am worry that if I say that I was trying to make the light and the road was slippery and therefore I wouldn't have been able to stop in time that the judge will say that I was driving carelessly. I also don't know if I have the time to go to court. I heard that there are traffic agent people that can attend the court on your behalf and perhaps fight it for you. Is this a good idea? Has anyone uses a traffic agent before? Would it be considered as driving carelessly when the road is slippery and I sped up to make the light?
Don't know Calgary, but basically 100 in a 70 in the snow? Lol, good luck with that one.
Member
Apr 20, 2008
266 posts
40 upvotes
Yeah. Don't want to shoot myself in the foot for giving that excuse :(
Newbie
Nov 22, 2017
41 posts
54 upvotes
Toronto
dreamsite wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 11:12 am
Hello All,

Received a speeding ticket for driving 102km on a 70 KM speed limit on Algonquin park on last October. All the way, road was 80 KM... was driving with 100KM. It was completely dark... missed the sign somewhat. I drove with 102 km for 30 Sec since there was a traffic signal ahead.

So my ques is, i did not selected a translator... did not receive any trial date... Can I add translator later?

Any suggestions for managing the ticket ? This is first time for me.

Thanks in advance.

Got this letter mentioning below:

A Resolution meeting has been scheduled for you ….an opportunity to speak to the prosecutor and determine if a possible resolution may be agreed upon. If you wish to exercise this option, please attend on Feb 6th 2017. Under the resolution process, depending on the facts of your offence and your driving record, the prosecutor may or may not offer a resolution…..

If you and the prosecutor can not come to an agreement resolution on this date, or the court declines to accept the resolution as proposed, oyu will be mailed a notice or trial for another date.


Now my ques is:

1. I selected trial option earlier, do I really need to attend this resolution meeting. Place is 300 KM far from my home.

2. If not, then do I need to respond to prosecutor that I will not be coming (how to do that?)

3. Whats should be my action point now?

Please let me have your valuable advise please. I am little worried :(
Images
  • Capture.JPG
Deal Fanatic
User avatar
Mar 23, 2008
5186 posts
2604 upvotes
Edmonton
198886 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 8:16 am
I just got a speeding ticket in the mail. I'm thinking of fighting it. In the pictures I can see that the light was yellow before and when I was in the middle of the intersection. I was traveling at 98kph in 70kph zone according to the ticket. The road was snowed a little. I think I was trying to make the light and I wouldn't have been able to stop if I didn't speed up in time. This was in Calgary. I am worry that if I say that I was trying to make the light and the road was slippery and therefore I wouldn't have been able to stop in time that the judge will say that I was driving carelessly. I also don't know if I have the time to go to court. I heard that there are traffic agent people that can attend the court on your behalf and perhaps fight it for you. Is this a good idea? Has anyone uses a traffic agent before? Would it be considered as driving carelessly when the road is slippery and I sped up to make the light?
First off, a photo radar ticket doesn’t affect your insurance or give you demerits. So fighting it may not be as important as it would be if it was an officer issued ticket.

Second, speeding is an absolute liability offence, meaning it doesn’t matter why you were speeding, just that you were speeding. So saying you sped up to make the light won’t help you.

Finally, you could go to court and ask for a reduced fine, or have someone else go for you. If you get someone else to go for you, I’d guess you’re going to pay them a significant cut of what you’d save, so there wouldn’t be much benefit.

I just pay my photo radar tickets and watch out at those intersections... And slow down. Since I don’t get paid time off and my hourly rate is enough to make it cheaper to just pay the ticket, that’s my choice. If you have time to fight it, knock yourself out. You very well might get it cut down. But it might take you a good chunk of your day to do it.

C
Member
Jun 15, 2017
428 posts
104 upvotes
Ontario, Canada
j4yin wrote:
Jan 10th, 2018 10:43 pm
Thanks for he input,
So what should I do? Ask for a plea deal on the court date or should I just pay the fine now? Can I still do that since I requested the trail?
Yes you can show up on trial date and ask prosecutor if they will drop it down whatever if you agree to plead guilty.
--
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.
--
ShrekTek.ca
Member
Jun 15, 2017
428 posts
104 upvotes
Ontario, Canada
dreamsite wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 10:17 am
Got this letter mentioning below:

A Resolution meeting has been scheduled for you ….an opportunity to speak to the prosecutor and determine if a possible resolution may be agreed upon. If you wish to exercise this option, please attend on Feb 6th 2017. Under the resolution process, depending on the facts of your offence and your driving record, the prosecutor may or may not offer a resolution…..

If you and the prosecutor can not come to an agreement resolution on this date, or the court declines to accept the resolution as proposed, oyu will be mailed a notice or trial for another date.


Now my ques is:

1. I selected trial option earlier, do I really need to attend this resolution meeting. Place is 300 KM far from my home.

2. If not, then do I need to respond to prosecutor that I will not be coming (how to do that?)

3. Whats should be my action point now?

Please let me have your valuable advise please. I am little worried :(
I would send a letter to both the prosecutos office and to the provincial offences office stating that you will not be attending the early resolution meeting and would like to set a trial date.
--
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.
--
ShrekTek.ca
Deal Fanatic
Jun 11, 2005
5780 posts
810 upvotes
Mississauga
198886 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 8:12 am
I just got a speeding ticket in the mail. I'm thinking of fighting it. In the pictures I can see that the light was yellow before and when I was in the middle of the intersection. I was traveling at 98kph in 70kph zone according to the ticket. The road was snowed a little. I think I was trying to make the light and I wouldn't have been able to stop if I didn't speed up in time. This was in Calgary. I am worry that if I say that I was trying to make the light and the road was slippery and therefore I wouldn't have been able to stop in time that the judge will say that I was driving carelessly. I also don't know if I have the time to go to court. I heard that there are traffic agent people that can attend the court on your behalf and perhaps fight it for you. Is this a good idea? Has anyone uses a traffic agent before? Would it be considered as driving carelessly when the road is slippery and I sped up to make the light?
98 kph in a 70 kph and light snow you wont get any sympathy here.
Newbie
Nov 22, 2017
41 posts
54 upvotes
Toronto
ShrekTek wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 3:41 pm
I would send a letter to both the prosecutos office and to the provincial offences office stating that you will not be attending the early resolution meeting and would like to set a trial date.
+1!

Thanks ShrekTek. Just talked with the court. They said - if I dont want to have the early resolution I can just skip it. They will automatically schedule for the trial on a later day.
Member
User avatar
May 10, 2006
454 posts
50 upvotes
YYC
198886 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 8:12 am
I just got a speeding ticket in the mail. I'm thinking of fighting it. In the pictures I can see that the light was yellow before and when I was in the middle of the intersection. I was traveling at 98kph in 70kph zone according to the ticket. The road was snowed a little. I think I was trying to make the light and I wouldn't have been able to stop if I didn't speed up in time. This was in Calgary. I am worry that if I say that I was trying to make the light and the road was slippery and therefore I wouldn't have been able to stop in time that the judge will say that I was driving carelessly. I also don't know if I have the time to go to court. I heard that there are traffic agent people that can attend the court on your behalf and perhaps fight it for you. Is this a good idea? Has anyone uses a traffic agent before? Would it be considered as driving carelessly when the road is slippery and I sped up to make the light?
Why fight it? There are no points deducted from a speed camera. Just pay the bill and move on...
Newbie
Oct 3, 2008
11 posts
Waterloo, ON
ShrekTek wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 3:38 pm
Yes you can show up on trial date and ask prosecutor if they will drop it down whatever if you agree to plead guilty.
Thanks for the reply!
I think I will do that.
This might sound stupid to you, but it’s my first time do I have no idea about the trail process.
So I’m now looking for a plea bargain, on the trail day, I should arrive early to go to the prosecutor’s office to discuss with him? Or should I just go straight to my assigned court room and wait for the prosecutor to talk to me? But he doesn’t know I’m looking for a plea deal. I just dunno how this whole thing works, please advice. You guys have been helping a lot! Thank you so much!
Member
Jun 15, 2017
428 posts
104 upvotes
Ontario, Canada
j4yin wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 6:08 pm
Thanks for the reply!
I think I will do that.
This might sound stupid to you, but it’s my first time do I have no idea about the trail process.
So I’m now looking for a plea bargain, on the trail day, I should arrive early to go to the prosecutor’s office to discuss with him? Or should I just go straight to my assigned court room and wait for the prosecutor to talk to me? But he doesn’t know I’m looking for a plea deal. I just dunno how this whole thing works, please advice. You guys have been helping a lot! Thank you so much!
Just show up to your court about 15 minutes before trial and line up with everybody to meet with the prosecutor. They will most likely ask you what you want to do... you say "well I am hoping for a reduction to 15 over" and they will say yes or no. If they say no, they may offer you something else like 20 over. Anyways you can agree to whatever they offer or say no and say you want to go to trial (or set another trial date so you can seek further legal advice).
--
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.
--
ShrekTek.ca
Newbie
Jan 10, 2018
3 posts
Ontario
Hi there,

I am new to this and looks like a very helpful thread. Just briefing my scenario.

On Nov 7th, 2017 I got a speeding ticket in Caledon - 60km zone and went over 36km. I got 4 demerit points, so I choose option 3 to fight not guilty and now I got a Trial date on 16th January.

This is my first time to court for a speeding ticket to go for a trial. However, I had 1 speeding ticket before somewhere in August 2017 for 15km over and pleaded guilty and paid a lower fine.

So can you guys please advice me what to do in the trial and what are the next steps?

Thanks.
Sr. Member
May 10, 2006
931 posts
320 upvotes
Toronto
Can i plead guilty just before the trial and still get the case dismissed if the officer is not present? Or do I have to plead not guilty and if the officer is there, I can plead guilty at the trial? Sorry, this is the first time I'm actually going to the trial.

TIA!
Mobile: $40 - Telus Student 50 Plan MTM ($10 BYOD) - 500 mins anytime, eve/wknds @ 5PM, 5GB data, unl text, FAV10, CID and VM25
Cable/Internet: $104+tax - VIP, Gigabit, PVR, HD Box
Home Phone: $0 - Obi200/FPL with Google Voice (free call Can/US)
Deal Fanatic
User avatar
Mar 23, 2008
5186 posts
2604 upvotes
Edmonton
kris2912 wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 9:45 am
Hi there,

I am new to this and looks like a very helpful thread. Just briefing my scenario.

On Nov 7th, 2017 I got a speeding ticket in Caledon - 60km zone and went over 36km. I got 4 demerit points, so I choose option 3 to fight not guilty and now I got a Trial date on 16th January.

This is my first time to court for a speeding ticket to go for a trial. However, I had 1 speeding ticket before somewhere in August 2017 for 15km over and pleaded guilty and paid a lower fine.

So can you guys please advice me what to do in the trial and what are the next steps?

Thanks.
Request your disclosure, and go from there. Without knowing what the officer will testify to, nobody can help you much with a defense.

C

Top

Thread Information

There are currently 2 users viewing this thread. (1 member and 1 guest)

daksh99