"Porsche Provinz " Magazine Article by Randy Solomon- Posted April 19, 2018
Early Resolution Not Best Choice to Fight Traffic Tickets:
As a licenced paralegal specializing in traffic tickets for over 13 years, it's my experience that many people are unwisely choosing an early res meeting over the trial date option, sometimes on the direct advice of court clerks or police. However, this is not the best choice if one is hoping to get the charge withdrawn fully. At an early res meeting, the officer isn't required to attend court and you may not be able to review the court disclosure (officer notes) beforehand. In most cases the prosecutor may only be willing to offer a plea bargain to a reduced charge with less demerit points and/or a lowered fine. This isn't in your best interest but it certainly is for the courts from a revenue perspective. If you choose the trial option and the officer fails to attend court or there proves to be a legal flaw with his/her notes, it will ultimately lead to a W/D of the charge. So, in essence, the early res option mostly benefits the courts, whereas, the trial option is the best way to deal with your charge with/without a legal defence in terms of getting the best overall outcome. To protect your legal rights you should always call Formula Traffic Tickets as soon as you receive a traffic ticket to ensure it is filed with the court properly and the correct actions are taken leading up to the trial date also.
Posted April 21, 2018
New Cell Phone Law Changes Coming Soon:
Please see the attached penalties section from the H.T.A. with the new changes to be implemented upon conviction of Drive- Use Hand Held Communication or Entertainment Device charges- S. 78.1 (1) & (2). The biggest changes relate to licence suspensions for your first and subsequent conviction on either of these charges.
(6.1) Every person who contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable,
(a) for a first offence, to a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000;
(b) for a first subsequent offence, to a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $2,000; and
(c) for a second subsequent or an additional subsequent offence, to a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $3,000. 2017, c. 26, Sched. 4, s. 16.
(6.2) If a person is convicted of an offence under this section, the Registrar shall suspend his or her driver’s licence,
(a) for a first offence, for three days;
(b) for a first subsequent offence, for seven days; and
(c) for a second subsequent or an additional subsequent offence, for 30 days. 2017, c. 26, Sched. 4, s. 16.
Posted April 28, 2018
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