Should You Hire a Lawyer to Fight a Traffic Ticket?

01/23/2014 by Michele R.J. Allinotte

Cornwall lawyer on traffic tickets

Michele’s note: This is a guest post by our associate, Natalie Trottier.

I was at a friend’s house one night when someone began talking about traffic tickets. Even if you have never had a traffic ticket yourself, you certainly know someone who has gotten a speeding ticket or a ticket for failing to stop at a red light or stop sign.

We all have the best of intentions to follow the rules of the road, but sometimes life may throw us a few obstacles and you can slip up and, if caught violating the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, you may receive a traffic ticket.

In most cases, people will simply pay the fine and continue living their lives. However, there are times where this may not be the best idea, since there may be other repercussions to admitting your guilt, which is what you are doing when you  pay the fine.

If you have a clean driving record and this is a first time you are given a fine, you may not need to hire a lawyer to fight a small speeding ticket. But, if you have received several traffic tickets, some of which may be unpaid, it is a good idea to talk to a lawyer.

If you hire a criminal lawyer to fight your traffic ticket, then you likely won’t  have to take a day off work, since your lawyer will appear on your behalf. A criminal lawyer defending your traffic ticket may be able to get the charges dismissed or a reduced fine.

If the charges are dismissed, this can help you keep your clean driving record, which often saves you money on car insurance. A dismissed ticket will not show up on your driving record and thus will not impact your insurance premiums

The court process can also be very confusing if you do not know the rules of procedure or the rules of evidence. It may be very intimidating for an individual without any legal training to stand up in front of a court of law to contest a ticket.

If you receive a traffic ticket for offences such as speeding, failing to stop at a traffic light or stop sign, or failing to remain at the scene of an accident, a criminal lawyer like Natalie Trottier can help you in the following ways:

  • Ensure your ticket is properly written out by the police;
  • Check to make sure your ticket was filed properly with the court;
  • File any legal arguments or motions with the court on your behalf;
  • Ask for disclosure of evidence against you; and
  • Defend you in court.

 

After your next traffic ticket, think about it before just paying the fine.

For more information, contact Cornwall criminal law lawyer Natalie Trottier at Allinotte Law Office Professional Corporation at 613-933-7720.

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