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Getting a traffic ticket is never a pleasant experience. Depending on the allegations, not only will receiving a traffic ticket cost you money, the legal ramifications can significantly impact your ability to travel, work, and live as you normally do. You may even lose your driver’s license.

If your Driving Record receives too many demerit points, you could receive a prohibition from driving by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, which is why whenever you get a traffic ticket, lawyers can be your best friends.

For high quality legal advice and a free consultation, speak to one of the professional traffic ticket lawyers at Sicotte & Sandhu.

Legal Services That Protect Your Driving Record

Not all demerit points are created equal. After all, there’s a big difference between careless driving that results in rolling through a stop sign and stunt driving, where excessive speed can put the lives of others in danger.

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) treats high-risk driving offences with extra attention, so the severity of your problem will vary according to the traffic violation. Lawyers will always recommend that you call them no matter the offense, but for offenses such as using a cell phone while driving, excessive speeding, and driving without due care and consideration, it would be dangerous not to have a proper criminal defence professional on your side.

For example, did you know that if you still have a Class 7L license (a learner’s permit) or Class 7N license (a novice permit), it is very likely that if you plead guilty to a traffic violation, you may receive a Notice of Intention to Prohibit (which indicates that you have an unsatisfactory driving record) or a Notice of Prohibition, which will seek to suspend your driver’s license for a number of months?

These are the kinds of issues that a professional traffic ticket lawyer will be able to explain to you and fight against in the appropriate circumstances. Find more information on these types of Notices below.

Violation Tickets: The Clock is Ticking

If you receive a violation ticket from an officer, it is important to remember that you only have 30 days to dispute the matter. If you do not dispute the ticket within 30 days, you will be deemed to have pleaded guilty to the offence and it will be on your driving record.

However, when it comes to traffic tickets, lawyers know there is usually always a way to dispute them, even if you are beyond 30 days. One of the mechanisms to get the matter back into dispute is through the completion of an affidavit. The lawyers at Sicotte and Sandhu can help you with that application to ensure that you have the best chance of taking that offence off your driving record.

Disputing a Traffic Ticket – How Does it Work?

Once you or your driving offense lawyer have decided to dispute a violation ticket, you will be provided with a Notice of Hearing in the mail to advise you of the date and time of your traffic hearing.

It is important that you or a lawyer attend on your behalf on that date, or you will be deemed to have pleaded guilty. If you need to change the date, there is a process to adjourn the matter prior to the hearing date. While you can try and ask for an adjournment on the date of the hearing, you will likely have more success by filling out the appropriate paperwork in advance.

These are the kinds of benefits a lawyer can bring to the table. At Sicotte & Sandhu, our team has a thorough knowledge of the court, its rules, and how the legal process can be used in your favor.

We’ll Help Review the Evidence

Prior to the traffic hearing, you have a right to review all the evidence against you. This includes the officer’s notes, any video taken by the officer and may include significant additional material depending on the allegations. You can write to an officer to request this material prior to the hearing date.

While there is no requirement to have a lawyer represent you in traffic court, the lawyers at Sicotte & Sandhu have extensive experience with traffic law and will make sure that you are prepared as possible when fighting your ticket.

Notice of Intention to Prohibit / Notice of Prohibition

If you have an unsatisfactory driving record, the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles has the power to prohibit you from driving.

If you are prohibited from driving, the process usually begins after receiving either a Notice of Intention to Prohibit or a Notice of Prohibition in the mail. When you receive this letter, it is strongly suggested you call a lawyer, since you only have 21-days from the date on the letter to respond and argue why you should keep your license.

Not only can this process prohibit you from driving, but if you are still in the graduated licensing program, any prohibition will reset your time eligibility before you can take the test for your next license. This means another full year with an “L” or two years with an “N”.

Often these letters can be sent to a new driver after only one driving offence on their record.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Traffic court is one of the areas where many people are self-represented.

Traffic court is set up in such a way that it encourages people to plead guilty to offences and seek a fine reduction. Often police officers will provide legal advice even though they are an opposing party in traffic court. Our recommendation is most definitely don’t get your legal advice from an officer that does not understand the full consequences of pleading guilty!

While you may be granted a fine reduction, the major consequence is the number of points left on your driving record. This is one of the reasons why getting a lawyer for traffic ticket problems is so important.

Not only can points lead to a prohibition from driving, but they can quickly increase yours fees through the Driver Risk Premium or the Driver Penalty Points Premium. If you follow those links, you’ll see that an accumulation of four or more points over a 12-month period carries a one-time fine that starts at $252 and can increase for each additional point to tens of thousands of dollars.

Similarly, the Driver Risk Premium is a fine that is assessed each year for high risk offences on your record. A single conviction of excessive speeding will cost you $461, and two cell phone tickets will cost you $533 per year for up to three years.

If you’re facing a driving related charge, the lawyers at Sicotte & Sandhu can help you right now. Don’t go to court without us or our legal expertise. Don’t wait, please contact your Sicotte & Sandhu driving defence lawyer today!

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