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Tackling this topic can be challenging. We’re not advocating for people to not obey traffic laws in any way. Before we get into how to most efficiently beat a traffic ticket, we should make it clear that if you’re driving drunk, or extremely recklessly (driving more than 40km over the posted speed limit), you deserve some punishment and this article won’t apply to you anyway. But for those with minor traffic offences, we’re happy to share some strategies to fight and beat a ticket so you can avoid a rate increase for your car insurance.

The True Cost of a Speeding Ticket

The actual cost of the ticket should not be your primary concern.  The far greater consideration is that your insurance costs will rise. Young people already pay the highest insurance rates, so a ticket or two can really jack up the monthly amount taken out of your bank account. It’s these costs that add up faster than a $200 slap on the wrist for a traffic infraction.

It’s Not the Fine, It’s the Insurance Hit

The hit to your insurance is also the reason why you should almost never take a plea deal when you fight a ticket. Just for showing up in court, the judge will likely offer you 50% off of the ticket if you plead guilty and save the court a bunch of time and energy. (Our courts are generally so backed up that this is considered a good deal for them.) Don’t take this offer. While you may pay as little as $30 or $40 upfront, it will likely still affect your insurance. The cop, judge, and prosecutor may try to pressure you to take a plea deal, but stand your ground and fight it. A plea deal will still impact the amount of insurance you pay.

If you are tagged by a red light traffic camera, just pay the fine instead of going to court and to plead your case. The reasoning behind this was that red light traffic camera infractions cannot be held against you by your insurance provider since no one can prove it was you driving. (The camera catches your car and sends the bill to whomever it was registered to.) Fighting a red light camera ticket is a lot more difficult and it’s not worth it in terms of the cost versus the benefit. Most people are probably better off paying the fine and moving on in this case since your insurance company won’t be involved and your rates should remain the same.

Get the Best Deals on Car Insurance

It’s all about keeping more bucks in your wallet, right? Aside from fighting certain traffic tickets, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re getting the best deal on your car insurance. How do you do that? Shop around, naturally, but forget about wasting your time contacting a heap of insurance providers individually to get quotes. There’s a much smarter way. We suggest using an online platform to do the heavy lifting for you. Here are a couple of our favourites:

Kanetix.ca

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Fighting the Traffic Ticket

So you got a ticket for going 10% over the speed limit and the officer was not empathetic to your case.  What are your best options if you want to dispute it?  Here are some possible strategies. Some of the rules do differ slightly from province to province, but the broad process is generally applicable everywhere.

  • Step 1: You’ll win some of the time just by showing up in court.

When you make the decision to take a day off of work and go down to the court, there is a decent chance the police officer who issued you the traffic ticket won’t be able to make it for a variety of reasons (sick, vacation, got tied up with something else, etc.).  As long as your offence wasn’t serious, this is almost always an automatic win.

  • Step 2: Immediately request disclosure.

After filing for a court date (the details usually will be on the ticket to do that), you’ll receive a letter telling you when your court date is. At this point (ASAP – do not procrastinate this step or you give the court some leverage), file for disclosure.  This means that cop’s notes will have to be presented to you in advance of the hearing. Some law enforcement officers take excellent notes. Others don’t.

If an officer’s notes are inconsistent as to where the infraction was, what you were charged with, specifics about your car, or several other details, these ommissions or errors might be enough to win the case all by itself.  Worst case scenario, you still need to know what evidence there is against you in order to fight the charge.

If your ticket was given with a radar gun, ask for a copy of the calibration records to be disclosed as well. Sometimes you can get lucky and the calibration will render the whole case invalid.

If an officer’s notes are not legible, you can ask for a typed version at the trial and request an adjournment on that basis. Even if they are bad quality, this dramatically improves the chances of the judge throwing the case out. Remember, it’s all a numbers game, police officers don’t want to be tied down with someone who was 9 km over the speed limit. Finally, when you request the disclosure, make sure you get the names of people you are talking to so if documents aren’t sent to you, you have some accountability in place.

  • Step 3: Keep track of your calendar.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 11 (b) states that (paraphrasing) you have the right to a fair and speedy trial.  Basically, if your court date is over a year from the date of your offence, you can make the case that the courts should throw out the case on 11(b) alone.  If you have done anything to postpone the case for your benefit, this won’t work. It has to be through no fault of your own. Still, some people advocate several delay strategies for the express purpose of claiming this law.

  • Step 4: If you’re going to lose, don’t go to court.

If your court date is prompt and your officer had impeccable note-taking skills, then you might want to pay the fine. If you had a more serious charge, you might want to hire a lawyer. This article doesn’t really apply to serious offences.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Fighting Speeding Tickets in Court

There are numerous professionals that will promise you that they can get you out of your ticket. The truth is that most of these people will simply advise you to take the plea deal they “get you” (that would have been offered anyway) and hope that the officer doesn’t show up.

If you have a case or don’t see the officer in the room for the start of the court session, don’t take a plea deal. Remember, the worst-case scenario here is that they’re going to make you pay the ticket that you already have.

If you plead “guilty with an explanation,” that is still a guilty plea and will affect your insurance. “Not guilty” is the goal and you’ll see how it plays out.

Article comments

66 comments
William Kitchen says:

Hello i recently got stopped by an officer doing radar check. I was asked to drive my friend 50+ years of age to the hospital. She was diabetic and was not a direct 911 Emergency but was a pre determined light head feeling and Nashia was the main threat at that time. She took the better judgement call and decided to Not Drive herself as she was conserned about multiple cyclist and pedestrains sharing the road side. She turned to me and asked if I could drive her to the hospital. I was coming down off the mountain 10, 000 feet up with gravity carrying the momentum of the car and the stop sign on the flat was about 10, 000 to 15, 000 feet after the decline decreased I was waved to the side and asked for my license and registration. I replied i am talking my friend to the hospital she took the saftey precoshions and saftey of others and chose to not put anyone at risk of an accident. He replied after i had no license to provide him with only insurance from the owner of the vehicle laying down in the back seat ” That i am being detained for driving while suspended”. The officer told my friend im a bad influence and shouldnt be hanging around me when all i was trying to do was help my friend reach the medical care needed. I replied to the officer that 911 is what i thought to be a direct conact seeking emergency state medical care, punctured artery, seasures, health asmatic conditions etc. I stated shes awake enough to notice her condition is serious but not life threarning. She took the overall immediate choice at hand and took herself away from the wheel to be as cautious to not put anyone at risk with her arising symptoms. The offer then told me I have a court date on december the 2nd for driving while suspended. I have never felt wrongfully abused verbally by an officer that i feel went over and beyond his lawfully abided duty to oversee the fact that I was getting the harshest ticket/criminal conviction possible with a speeding ticket turned into a court date and the vehicle impounded for 7 days ( No Drugs / No Alcohol involved in the offence at hand ). The officer then undetained me and let me collect my bag along with my friends bag.
I feel there was considerate passion involved in this written fine and the verbal fine spoken to me and wrongfully selected the most suvere punishment possible to give to me. I have never been charged in British Columbia nor have never went to jail here and I was born in Campbell River. I have never had a license before so i feel driving while suspended is not the correct alternative measure to proceed with when I have only ever been handed a driving with no license ticket in this province and only went to the drunk tank when i was 16 im now 32 and have not drank for the past 3 years now I was helping someone in medical need and was cooperative the entire time and did not lie once. The officer left my friend and I (5) miles out of town with no water and not a way back to town my friend is Diabetic and had not eatin nor did we have any water the entire 4 to 5 hours it took us to get into town. My friend barely made it 3/4 of the way when she started feeling light headed she was dehydrated and had not had any money for a bus nor cab from the location the car was impounded. I took pictures and videos of us having to walk into town every mile or so i took another one as she is over 50+ and on Disability with a cane in hand. We left about 11:30am and did not arrive to the hospital until 4:30 or 5pm with minimal breaks trying to reach the hospital as she was getting worse her feet were turning purple from the weight of her body and condition of her age she was getting less and less red blood cells circulating her legs. She has been wrongfully treated by having been made to even attempt a 5 mile walk to town she is on disability and is entitled to the help to the best of there ability and with the driving while suspended court date witch the offer said could turn to criminal conviction at any time he apparently has to read into it more and i will know if it does down the line before the date of the court apperance. I feel there was another angle the officer may be going for towards convicting me when I have only had a hand full of the same situations I went threw since i was 16 I have only ever been givin a No License Fine from 16 to 32 years of age and now i get a Suspended License Court Date and I feel verbal harassment.. My friend has been in the hospital now for 4 hours and i am not allowed in and do not know whats going on who should I contact about this matter thanks?

Jay says:

I got a ticket for driving at “113” on 80 but the cop reduces the ticket to 85 on 80 … Now the addres on the ticket got a wrong at house number also the postal code is wrong to.. If any chance the i got dismissed for that, by the way is my first ticket in 27 years.
Thanks

Johnathon says:

I have like 8 tickets in Edmonton for speeding I just bought a car that apparently is 10 km out of wack is this something that would help me get out of the tickets?

Helpful Lawyer says:

Yes it can. It speaks to a mistake of fact. Go get your speedometer checked and show the mechanic report in court as evidence.

Anisha says:

Hi there, I got a speeding ticket today for going over (26km) in a 50km zone close to Yonge street and 407. If I go for option 3 which is a trial what are my chances of getting leave the court not guilty . My intention is to get my demerit points off my record . This in my first offence in 18years .

Lynden says:

Do I have to have the ticket? It was issued over a year ago now and can not find it. I just got my court date in the mail yesterday and the Hearing is 7 days. I am from bc and was hit with a radar gun going 20 over. I do not think I was as I was being passed by others. Thanks and hope to hear back.

Ingrid Krkljus says:

I was on my way to put gas at a Costco with my daughter when I was stopped at a speed trap. Knowing that I was not going fast, I initially didn’t even know that the police car was trying to stop me until he turned right behind me. I thought he was trying to leave the parking area for a call or something. When I saw his light on and not knowing what he wanted to do, I actually checked the speedometer and it was a 38 km. If I had been going the speed that he said, I would not have been able to reduce my speed by that much that quickly. The police officer came to my window and asked me where I was going. He said I was going 85km in a 50km zone. I replied that although I was moving with the traffic, there was no way that I was going that fast and added that I would not go that fast on a city road. My daughter who was sitting next to me also agreed and told him that I don’t speed and that I would never go 85 in a 50 zone. She again stated that I had not been going at that speed. He waved his radar gun at me and it showed 85. I told him that something must be wrong because I was not going that fast. He asked for my documents and went back to his car. After a while he came back and said that my record was clear and that instead of giving me a ticket for over $500 dollars and 4 demerits, he was reducing it to $272.50 and two demerits. I told him that I would be thankful if I had indeed been going the speed he said, but since I am certain I was not speeding like he said, I could not be. The road I was one has two lanes going north and two going south–where I was. He was parked perpendicular to the road I was on, I at the entrance of a school parking lot. I believe something was either up with his radar or that he clocked someone else and then is trying to say it was me. I need to decided what do. I would like to fight it, but he told me that if I choose to take it to court and I lose I would be paying the $500 and have the 4 demerits. I did call the police station and spoke to his sargent because of the fact that he was not wearing a mask when he came to my car to speak to me. I was told that he does not have to wear one which made no sense to me. Please let me know your thoughts. Can I fight this? What are my chances? Would I need a lawyer in order to fight this? Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

Mike says:

I fueled up and pulled back onto the highway behind 5 vehicles..They were moving slowly in a 100km zone.Seeing the road was straight and nobody was oncoming I decided to pass the vehicles .The car at the head of the 5 vehicles turned out to be an unmarked patrol car. When I pulled in front she turned the lights on so I pulled over.She got out of the vehicle and told me to pull up to the corner ahead there was more room to question me.It seemed that this wasn’t the first time she used this tactic to get speeders..

Jay says:

I was on tc, speed 90, cop told me I m on 115,
I don’t think so but I try to smooth and no argu and sorry, but no effect but came with a ticket and saying you got a bad record which is right.

I was almost on exist when I realized cop car radar, soon cop start moving car I got scared and confused, my blinker was on for exist but I was still on the highway, there was a car on my right which I was passing to get in exist lane , but I was not getting chance,
When cop flashes the light, I had very had time to pull over to exit lane and he was behind me , I was almost in the centre diveder, between highway and my exit.

Don Beall says:

I got a speeding ticket (and I’m positive I wasn’t speeding because my wife was in the car and she would have killed me for doing 75 in a 60) and when I saw the picture, there was another vehicle in it. I was closest to the camera and the other vehicle was slightly ahead of me but I’m sure that was the speeder. How can I use this as my defence? Secondly, it was her car but I was driving. Is that a defence also because the ticket is in her name?

Cl says:

Can a cop lie on the speeding ticket. Meaning can they change the ticket speed. Say the radar gun says 118 but he puts down 110 saying he will give you a break. Can he do that.

Shawn says:

I was on my way home from work and there was a downhill than an uphill than a downhill and I had a lot of weight in my car and I got pulled over for speeding he says I was doing 75 in the 40 on the ticket but I soon realized that it’s a 50 zone 2 he made a mistake on my driver’s license number and 3 he made a mistake and my date of birth I’m wondering what should I do.. can someone please help..

Kaydija says:

Hello,

This morning I got pulled over for doing 88km/hr in a 60 zone. But the officer was kind enough to lowed it to 70km since I was running late for school and my daughter was screaming in the back. She could tell I was extremely drained, I couldn’t even find my license until after getting the ticket. Should I go fight it ?

Markanda says:

I was on Cornwall got a speeding ticket, 149Km/hr when 100Km/hr allowed I still doubt that I was really driving so bad but feeling very low now that what to do since my early resolution is in next 2 weeks and dont know How to deal with this situation.

Raymond says:

Hey, I got a ticket for speeding in a play ground zone (44km) but I have dash cam footage. I was radar gunned coming downhill, and a car also passed the officer at the time I was approaching plus the officer was at an angle gunning me. Do you believe I have enough resources to fight my ticket?

Sandeep says:

Hi, I have got a ticket for slow speed from police, I decided to go for Court in Regina, Saskatchewan. How I can win or what is the probability to win it

Nick says:

Ticket for going too slow!? Good, I hate drivers like that, doing 95 in a 100 in the fast lane

Alex says:

Going too slow?
The signs say the “Maximum” speed you are allowed to travel on that road, not the minimum. I don’t think I have ever seen a “Minimum” sign. Being charged for driving too slow is an opinion of the officer and I don’t believe there is a law that specifies what is too “Slow”.

Tammy HANNELL says:

It’s called Impeding the flow of traffic. And is very much a highway traffic act offence. It causes accidents just as speeding does.

Alex says:

Going too slow?
The signs say the “Maximum” speed you are allowed to travel on that road, not the minimum. I don’t think I have ever seen a “Minimum” sign. Being charged for driving too slow is an opinion of the officer and unless you are impeding the flow of traffic, I don’t believe there is a law that specifies what is too “Slow”.

Felix says:

Interesting article! I just got a 200 bucks speeding ticket for going 20km over 80. The payment due date is Mar 1st, but the court dates was set to Apr 10 which is Good Friday a stat holiday…. Can I bring the ticket in to have it cancelled? Do I do it now? Or after Apr 10 and say I showed up but the court was closed. Thanks in advance.

Josephine says:

I got a ticket but the officer did not tell me my speed and it was not on the ticket. I don’t think he knew my speed. I’m in BC, is this a way to get out of the ticket? I was about 15 cars ahead of him and he turned around at a light to chase the person in front of me but they went too fast, so he pulled me over….. (after we raced off the line at the light…. but that is not the charge)

Taw says:

Fight for it. You’ll win. No matter what , cop have to get the first car unless the were a second cop car to pull you over. If the fine was impaired driving or other reason, cop would have your car towed. Cop don’t ever let the impaired driving keep driving after issued a ticket. Their job is to stop them from operating a vehicle

Rick says:

Hi , I have court date pending for radar speeding ticket, cop said he clocked me at 130 kph in 110kph zone. Also a tinted window violation.
He followed me at least 1.5 km before lighting me up finally…I was just surprised as I was not speeding, had my cruise on for 115kph, and wondering why he was pulling me over.
I told him there must be something wrong with his equipment because I was not doing 130 kph, period and he was wrong. Pointed out my dash cam which recorded my trip and has date, time and speed I was travelling right up to where it showed me passing cop on side of road, to when he stopped me. He did not see video. As in most cases He was uninterested in anything I had to say… Also gave me window tint violation. So 78.00 for tint and 150.00 for ticket plus demerits if I just rolled over and took blame, but that was not going to happen, he was wrong and I have video proof of my speed. I am applying for a Clear UV Window Tinting Exemption and have started the process also. I am a retired senior with light sensitivity, wear glasses since I was 10, so have letter from my eye doc and video. Wondering what you think my chances are of beating these tickets? Hopefully if I do judge will quash all this cops speeding tickets for that period as I was falsely charged and radar must have been faulty, if he even had me on radar? Big waste of time but this cop not too smart, in my eyes. Thank you.

Jag says:

Hi, I was doing 154 in 110 zone on highway 1 near chilliwack . Cop pulled me over gave me a ticket of 368$ and impounded my vehicle for 7 days. Is it worth to fight a ticket or not

Taw says:

You would have better chance to win if the road was not busy and clear. Speeding is all about safety. If you are driving safe even tho you speeding over max. That don’t matter cuz you are driving safely

Tony says:

Where’s law says it’s Ok to speeding if it’s safe.

JD says:

So I read through all the comments and there wasn’t a scenario like mine listed.

I got a ticket about 2-3 months ago. I was speeding. Driving down a big hill on the way into the mountains from Calgary. I came up behind what looked like an unmarked police car… I was speeding past it and of course his lights came on. He said he clocked me at 141 in a 110 zone. He disappeared with my information and came back a few minutes later saying he was giving me two tickets. One was for tent, for $78. The other was a speeding ticket, but he was going to help me out by marking down I was going 130 instead of 141, thereby reducing my demerits and saving me some money.

My court date is on Friday… I was going to go in and plead guilty for a reduced find and lowered to merits, but after reading this article now I’m wondering if I should fight it. Do I ask for disclosure or am I too close to my court date? Will his notes say what my actual speed was? Is he even allowed to do that?

I’m not sure how many people will read this comment, but I’m definitely hoping to get someone’s insight. Could I find it on the grounds that it was a big hill I was coming down and I wasn’t endangering anyone?

Lisa Jackson says:

Hi JD,

I’m sorry, but this isn’t something we can advise on. I’d recommend talking to a lawyer or your local legal aid centre. Best of luck!

Rob says:

The manin concern of most people receiving a traffic ticket is the potential increase in their car insurance. Of course. the only way this will happen is if the insurance hears about it. This begs the question, what right does a police agency have to provide my personal driving record to private business?

Lisa Jackson says:

Hi Rob,

I’m sorry, we cannot advise on your situation. We would recommend speaking with a lawyer. Best of luck!

Fern says:

can the opp use radar when parked on the shoulder of hyw 17 in Ontario
he also refused to show radar gun printout

Rhonda says:

My husband got pulled over today for supposed speeding. Not disputing that he may have been over the speed limit but would not have been major as I looked at his speed as we were driving by a cop.

May have been doing 65 but defiantley not 70.
So cop tells him he was speeding as she was doing 68 and he flew by her, not true. He did pass her but not flew by her as he was not wanting a ticket and it was very obvious that it was a cop.

When she told him he was speeding , his comment to her was if you say so. And that is when she said she was doing 68 in a 60 zone and he flew by her. She then proceeded to right out the ticket and came back to give it to him telling him what his five was for where the info for disputing it was and gave it to him and told him speed limit was 60.

Now how us it ok for her to say she is speeding and then proceed to dish out a ticket. She did more give him an exact speed nor did she ask him to sign any ticket nor is there any thing on the ticket except a mvi.

I told him to dispute it as both my daughter and I were in the car and heard her say how fast she was going.
Should he dispute it?

Lisa Jackson says:

Hi Rhonda,

This isn’t something we can advise on, unfortunately. I would recommend speaking with a lawyer. Best of luck!

Trevor Bell says:

My wife was pulled over at the bottom of a hill where the sheriff likes to sit. surprise vehicle may speed up going down hill! Anyway he said he got her at 122 kph she looked when she saw him at 114 cruise set to 110 but again going downhill. She asked to see his proof of her speed and his comment was i can’t show you right now. He then gave her the ticket for 122. She never did tell him what speed she was travelling at. How can they process a ticket without proving to you first that you were speeding. Now we have to take time off to go to court and waste a day fighting this. Any advice?

Lisa Jackson says:

Hi Trevor,

Your best bet would be to speak with an attorney or consult Legal Aid in your province. Best of luck!

Dave Leaver says:

I could probably take a pair of pliers and pull out my own teeth too… There is a reason why we use dentists, accountants, doctors and lawyers.

The professional knows how to deal with the problem properly. When you go yourself you just hoping the officer doesn’t show up. When you hire a professional they know the legal arguments, how to cross-examine and the rules of evidence to win the case. Does the lawyer or paralegal always win, no they do not. But when you do things properly the results like with dentists, accounts and doctors are usually dramatically better. The other saying that comes to mind is “the man who defends himself has a fool for a lawyer…”

Marcel Legault says:

I live in Regina and just received a ticket in the mail that I was speeding in a school zone. It was tagged for me doing 55 in a 40, it was a camera ticket not a ticket issued by a cop. So it has my wife’s name but I would have been driving and I know I wasn’t doing 55 as I work in the area and wouldn’t go that speed. This ticket is near 230$$. What are your thoughts?? – let me know, thanks.

Frank says:

Can I go to the courthouse to fight the ticket before the due date??

steve joseph says:

Please help: I got a speeding ticket in june 2018. I was going 104 at 70 zone (just a minute before i checked my speed and it was around 80-85) I was going down hill and there were not traffic infront of me or either rear. but there were some vehicle coming up hill. suddenly all i see a vehicle makes a U-turn and pulled over me. i said to the officer i was not speeding because my daughter is with me and i never go that fast. all he asked me is my license and insurance thats it. he came back to after 15 mins and give me a speeding and the fine was $250. i repeatly told him that i was going around 80-85. he said i got you on radar. i asked him you are climbing up hill behind another vehicles. i do your know my speed. i don’t think it is not my speed. the officer said to me just check the options at the back of the ticket and he walks away. not ready to listen what i have to say further. Now i am fighting and i been called for a trial at the hamilton court on dec 17 2018.
Any idea what should i say to the judge . someone please help me….!

Dar says:

Just received a photo radar ticket (first one ever) doing 63 in a 50 km/h construction zone. Which means doubling the fine. My question is if the ticket shows that there were cars directly in front of and behind me can I fight it on the grounds that I was keeping up with traffic?

Rick says:

The problem, as you stated is not the ticket, it’s the SCAMMER insurance companies who use everything AGAINST you to charge you more money. A cop is just doing his/her job … we must fight the crooked insurance companies. Also, some of the speeding limits are way too low, 50km/h on a wide busy street is just there as a cash grab.

John Richardson says:

I was going 180 in a 30 zone, but I didn’t know this because my speedometer is broken. When the cop came over to me he smelt of marijuana.

Can I get off because the policeman was driving while impaired? He was trailing behind me.

Barb Grawberger says:

Received a speeding ticket in the mail had no street address on it so we have no idea if we were speeding or not. Said we were doing 67 in a 50 the picture looks like a boulevard but we don’t know which one

Kat says:

Hi! I got pulled over . He was going opposite direction of me turmed around and stopped me saying that i was gping 71km on 50 km . But he gave me a ticket stating i was going 65 km on 50 km since it was my first offence. Now can i fight that?

Jeremy McCombs says:

I was pulled over for going 90 in a 50. I told the officer there was no way I was going that fast, and I’d like to see his speed gun. He refused and wrote me a ticket. When he brought the ticket to me I insisted he show me. He begrudgingly went and got the gun, it was locked in at 89. But the ticket says 90 in a 50. Should I fight it?

Ed says:

Sorry but, The truth is,our laws are absolutely gear towards control and profit.Moreover,when you look at the speed limits even in the U.S, ours for the most part are BS.I agree with some of the limits through towns,schools,hospitals.but, when you are out on highways just cruising like i was on my bike,not crazy ,(110) (where i might add, cars cruise anywhere from 90 to 110) now they have totally **** me,as my insurance was just cancelled.So, at this point, i am willing to take it further than most.I am starting, to learn some interesting things about statues and force of law. which i would encourage others to do as well.

Karen w says:

I was given a ticket for 131 in a 100 and I had my daughter in the car and I know I was not going that fast even she said so but this female cop came up and said what is the hurry and smiled and I said no hurry. She asked for my license and insurance and came back with this time and said you were going 31 over the speed limit and since you are from out of town just fill out section 2 and give your phone number and you can ask to get it lowered and just make sure you are available for the date you are given. She smiled and said have a nice day and went back to her car. I didn’t even get to say anything to her and she was telling me how to fight the ticket…I think she knows I was not going that fast and knows it will be dropped but I am not sure and can’t afford this against my ins and losing the points or the 260 fine. Is there anything that I can use to get the points taken away and lower the amount of my ticket…ty.

osmal says:

Ron mepham:Your clean record don’t mitigate the offence if it is considered by the crown as “AbsoluteLiability”.The demerit points if you are convicted will affect by 3 years with an increased insurance. A Paralegal will cost to you 200-400 $ C. You can consult your insurer and calculate it, and change your insurer to save one year the increase, that depends of the ticket and contract dates .If you go alone in court need study how work the proceedings, ask for disclosure, go to the court to familiarize, make a diagram of the incident and file as exhibit in your turn, and take note if the traffic in these circumstances impede your accomplishments of the HTA rules, prepare questions to cross examine the Cop, and your arguments and conclusions ,do not testify, leave the crown prove his case, study the notes of the Cop, possible will not are enough evidence etc..

ron mepham says:

I got a ticket for failure to slow down and proceed with caution for emergency vehicle. How will this one affect my ins.I haven’t had a ticket in 30 years. Should I use a paralegal and fight it in court?

There are a few errors to point out in this article as far as Ontario law and the court process.

For Ontario law, generally the speed cut-off for serious offences begins at 50 km/h over the posted speed limit. At this point, the Officer involved will generally issue a Stunt Driving offence under section 172 of the Highway Traffic Act.

Currently, the odds of an Officer not showing up at Court are almost zero. Back in the older days this was more of an issue. The Officer is required only to be present for a trial date. Any absence is generally known by the Prosecutor in advance of the trial date, and the court will generally approve a request to adjourn the trial date to a day when the officer will be available. First trial dates are currently also scheduled by Officer availability.

The Justice of the Peace (not a Judge) does not offer reductions in the offence if you plead guilty. If you plead guilty to a speeding offence you are convicted and there is a specified fine for the rate of speed over the posted speed limit that you were travelling. Any discussions of resolution are made directly between the Prosecutor and the defence. Given the specific details of your matter, your driving record, and the jurisdiction that you matter occurred in, the Prosecutor may or may not be willing to negotiate. Any legal basis to have the offence withdrawn generally requires a licenced paralegal who has the knowledge and experience to determine if such an argument exists.

Generally most speeding tickets can either get thrown out at court or be reduced to a lesser offence. A licenced paralegal can guide you through this process to make informed decisions without requiring you to attend court personally. OTD Legal provides a no-cost, no obligation initial review of Ontario cases and can generally advise whether or not it is worth proceeding on a given matter.

Kim says:

I got pulled over for doing 80 in a 60 zone. There was no way I could have been doing 80 in that area … It was at night and there was a curve before a short straightaway and the road ends shortly up the way, also there are deer in the area at night and I want to be careful and not hit one. I was coming up on an opposing car (cop) and he turned his lights on and I looked down and didn’t slow down because I was only going 58 at the time and I thought he was going somewhere else. I kept going and saw in my rear view that he turned around .. He was pulling ME over. and he said he had me “locked” going 80 … I don’t even go 80 in the area on that road that allows 80 … I go more like 72 or 75 if that. And I wouldn’t be going 80 in the area he “caught” me at. I think he had it on and caught the car above on the overpass and not me … they were probably going 80 because the exit was coming up. He gave me a ticket … I never got a ticket before (am 52 years old). And I asked him if he ever gave warnings and he said blah blah blah … traffic control blah blah blah …. I know this idiot (lives on the same road as me) he gave a speeding ticked to two old ladies going to church one day going 5 km over. he says he has the “video” so I am going to ask when he “got” me etc and to prove that it was in fact me or the car on the highway above. and to show the video. So what do you all think about this? I plan to go to court and need to know what happens sin

Jon says:

I got a ticket for 130 in 100. I know I was speeding but I know I wasn’t going 130. Do I still have a chance at taking it to court and winning?

Kyle says:

Get the history of the speed gun Jon. If that checks out and the cop actually shows up, then you might be in for a rough time.

Raj says:

I got a speeding ticket (around $60 incl. tax) today driving 69 km/h in a 50km/h zone. I was even not speeding just momentarily speeds up to make a room for garbage picking tuck, as it wants to change lane. As soon as passed it, I was reducing the speed but an officer pulled over me and gave me a ticket. he told me I know you were reducing the speed but you are above speed limit. Though it is the very first time I have been pulled over, he gave me the ticket. But I do not want a slap on my insurance, please advice what to do.

Kyle says:

See some of the comments below Raj. I’d recommend showing up for court just to see if the cop shows!

A says:

You can used this website to find reviews of paralegals/lawyers that fight traffic tickets before hiring them: profferedapp.com

Len says:

Leonie that sounds like a very serious charge. You might want to consider getting legal help. Too late for you but for other drivers the best tip I can give you is to NOT BE MEMORABLE to the Officer. Best thing you can do when you get a ticket is to politely accept it, speak respectfully and ask where you could go pay the ticket today if you wanted to do that. The idea here is to make the officer believe that you will not fight the ticket. What you want to do is to have the Officer not take notes or take very poor notes because he doesn’t believe you will go to court. No notes or bad notes are a really good thing for you when you go to court. Also, when you ask for “Disclosure” you really need to know what you are doing because municipalities are not your friend with respect to their standard “disclosure request forms”. The best thing you can do if you are going to fight your ticket is to hire a competent legal professional – be it a lawyer or paralegal. I have done this on several instances and the success rate has been phenomenal.

ian says:

hey para, your boss is either an ass or fool – the car was not registered, no insurance prob and whatever else – go to court and speak to crown attorney to see if all dropped for you, otherwise go fight and explain to judge and if hes decent, he will dissmiss all offences

ian says:

hi, thsnks for the info, you are right! fight every ticket – look online at HTA and make sure the evidence at trial is supporting the offence – I got off a tint ticket that way….lol
if you did everything here then go to court and get there 15 min early and look for the cop – he not there? – good you win so go in court and sit at the door so you can see if he shows – if he does and all is in losing favour, you bail – if he is no show, you fight and you win auto – look at the docket paper on the court door and see how many people are set for trial – see your name in order of alphabet- closer to a, you will be called first and if cop not there you win so fight and odds are in your favour – sorry for bad post – hate typing

Leonie says:

I live in Vancouver area and I got pulled over doing 105 in a 50. I drive a new jeep and had the roof off, I had just turned left drove for about a minute and a black Honda or HondI went to the left then quickly got behind 2 cars on the right….I commented to my son, “a little early to be drinking”. Next thing I knew I was being pulled over! He showed me the radar gun saying 105 and I said that’s impossible. (I also had to drive a football field before I reached the police man.) He had me drive over to a spot and told me he was impounding my jeep…I said what there is no way I could of been doing 105 after I just turned left I would of had to gun it AND I could of blown my engine since it’s a brand new Jeep. He said, ” That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard and I’m not going to stand here and debate this with you on the side of the road…you can dispute it if you want”. I said oh don’t worry I will. He impounded my Jeep for 7 days… any advice? I already got the paperwork and have just filled it out asking for the celebrated certificate on the gun and any paperwork. I haven’t sent it in yet as I want to cover everything.
I should also add that my son had some problems with some sico guy and the police officers that came handled his situation poorly….we both put complaints against 2 officers but made it very clear the first officer was awesome. ..this is in 3 diffrent situations …I have a feeling because it turned into a huge thing this officer may remember me coming in as we went in several times at there request. Once you make a complaint against one you have alot of bad ones who show their faces….we have never been in trouble before with anything….so you know. I did get pulled over once before and since I was speeding I paid it…I am am honest person and stay out of trouble but I will fight for my rights as I did for my son. ….so anything else I can put on my paperwork before I send it off?

Kyle says:

Sorry Leonie, nothing to add above and beyond what we have here so far…

Para says:

I was working for an auto repair shop for used cars. My boss told me to move the car out of the shop to the backyard. I drove the car to a street alongside the shop, and I was pulled over by the police. He said I did not put Dealer plate on the car. So I got 4 tickets. It was my first month work, I don’t know I have to put a D plate on the car. Anyone can give me a idea to help me out?

Sammy says:

The police do not only issue tickets for speeding, they issue tickets for everything road related. You can be charged with careless driving, speeding, unsafe lane chances, sign disobey etc. All of these traffic ticket charges can be fought, however if you are unaware of the process you may be taken advantage of. You should never feel subjected to any form of injustice.

I recently received a traffic ticket for speeding. I was going 85km/h in a 60km/h zone. I received a fine $250 and 3 demerit points I attempted to fight the traffic ticket on my own and I was not successful. Due to frustration I hired a paralegal to fight the traffic ticket and get rid of it completely. I came into contact with Street Legal and they were able to get rid my entire traffic ticket, points gone and charges dropped. I would highly recommend them to fight your traffic ticket.

They can be reached at 416-601-1500 or StreetLegal.ca

I hope this helps those wishing to seek representation to fight their traffic ticket!

Kitty says:

I got a speeding ticket for going 74 in a 50 zone. I was honestly not speeding. The cop who pulled me over lost sight of me several times, and lied in court to the judge saying he never lost sight. He messed up several times during his statement, and dishonestly put forward the case.
This pig actually threw the ticket in my face after ensuring him I did not speed. In other words, he knew he pulled over the wrong person, and just didn’t want to deal with the fact he was wrong. He threw the ticket in my face. I threw it back out of the car and told him im not paying it because I did not speed. He then told me to pick it up otherwise he is writing me a littering ticket.. Which (obviously) I picked up, with the stupid cop still wanting to write me a littering ticket. After this altercation, I obviously took the ticket to court…
For it to not work in my favour, the judge was a complete as***le and so was the prosecutor. They really don’t give two sh*ts about what you have to say, they’re all conceited stuck up snobs who have one too many sticks shoved up their behinds.
End of the day, I believe the whole reason behind this ticket was the fact that I drive a jaguar.. it’s not even a nice car the transmission is garbage and I can’t accelerate faster than a transport truck…. almost anyone in the civil servant field these days are goons, they are nothing but SERVANTS to the public, and those inconsiderate ***** should remember that.

Rob Parsons says:

I just wanted to commend you for a fair and balanced commentary on the traffic fines system. You have certainly done a thorough job in researching this. I totally agree with everything you have said about only pursuing this if you weren’t drunk or driving recklessly. It’s not right for someone who is essentially a law-abiding citizen to be funding the system to be paying these fines, but totally appropriate for those who are flagrantly in violation. And, yeah, if it’s a red-light camera infraction, pay the fine, as it won’t affect your driving record or future license or insurance costs.