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!