Fighting a traffic ticket in Toronto and throughout Ontario may be necessary to protect your driver’s licence. When facing a traffic ticket, there are several options. You might represent yourself, hire a paralegal or hire a lawyer. The choice you make will depend on the nature of your charge and your unique circumstances. If you are charged with speeding 15 kilometers over the limit on the highway, or dealing with an unpaid ticket, it may be worth representing yourself. In minor cases such as this, you may be able to obtain a traffic ticket reduction. Minor traffic tickets usually carry minimal consequences.
But if you are charged with a more serious offence, like stunt driving, driving more than 40 km/hr over the speed limit, careless driving, driving without a licence, driving while disqualified, or driving without insurance, it is in your best interests to hire a legal specialist. Some paralegals provide competent representation on traffic charges. However, lawyers have special training on the law of evidence and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Such training and experience may prove important, and possibly necessary, to ensuring your best defence.
If you are convicted of a serious traffic charge, you could be facing a possible licence suspension, a very large fine, a significant number of demerit points, and a substantial spike in the cost of your insurance. In such cases, it may be more cost effective to hire a lawyer to defend you. If you are facing a traffic charge and you are worried about the consequences of this, feel free to contact us at (416) 847-2560.