Frequently Asked Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions?

In case of PARKING TICKET, you have two options

  • Be a volunteer & pay the fine
  • Challenge the ticket

In case of NOT A PARKING TICKET, you have three options

  • Plead guilty & pay the fine
  • Fight the ticket
  • Challenge the ticket

Note: If you do not choose one of the above options within 15 days of receiving the ticket, or if you do not appear for your trial, a Justice of the Peace will review your case & may enter a conviction without you there.

You have the right to challenge the ticket in Court. You can meet the prosecutor or your legal representative can on your behalf to resolve the issue.

(a) You should respond within 15 days, otherwise you would be convicted of the offences offence, you are charged with.

(b) In case you are convicted, you would be required to pay the set fine, court costs & the victim fine surcharge by the due date.

(c) If fine is not paid after conviction by due date then it may lead to one of following: -

  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation could refuse to issue or validate your vehicle permit
  • Driver’s licence could be suspended
  • Charge of an additional administrative fee
  • Defaulted fine will be referred to a collection agency
  • Defaulted fine information will be given to a credit bureau
Only the prosecutor can request that a speed be brought back up to the original speed, not the officer.
In our opinion, you should request a court date for any speeding ticket that you receive.

Stating, “You don´t think you were going as fast as the officer clocked you”, is not a valid defence for your case. Actually, on the contrary, this sort of statement would help to convict you of the speeding ticket.

For example, if you feel that you were only speeding 10 km over the limit but the officer gave you a ticket for 20 over the limit. You disclose this in court, you are still admitting to speeding.

Mechanical devices can have mechanical issues. Radar & Laser devices are used by officers because of their reliability & accuracy.
Ignorance & explanations are not a valid defence for a speeding ticket. Speeding is an Absolute Liability offence. What this means is that all the officer has to do is prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that you were speeding. The only way to fight a speeding ticket properly is to have a valid defence plan that consists of accurately questioning the officer to ensure that he cannot prove your guilt & to examine all possibilities of technical & legal errors.
Officers are not required by law to show a radar reading & this will not stand up in court as a valid defence for a speeding ticket.
That is completely up to you. But remember that paying any speeding ticket fine is an automatic plea of guilty to the speeding offence & a speeding conviction will be on your record. The only way to have a chance at getting the speeding ticket eliminated or reduced is to file for a court date.