You can dispute a ticket by taking it to ICBC, a court registry or by mail. If you decide to dispute a traffic ticket yourself, 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 your resposibility to update the court if you change your address, otherwise the court will send your Notice of Hearing to an old address and you will be held responsible for not attending court.
It is important that you attend on your court 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. No adjournment is guaranteed though, as you must satisfy the court why you have a legitimate reason for being unable to attend. If you hire a lawyer on the other hand, they can often attend traffic court on your behalf.
Prior to a traffic hearing, you have the right to see the officer’s evidence, but only if you request it within a reasonable period of time prior to the hearing. This might require sending a letter to the officer’s detachment or tracking down their contact information.
It is possible to have a traffic ticket dismissed because of the delay from the date of the offence until your court date. This type of applicaiton is unique though, and requires that you file Charter Notice and follow the proper procedures to request a judicial stay of proceedings. While you do not need a lawyer for this process, we have extensive experience with this type of applicaiton and the necsesary arguments in court to get the ticket dismissed.
Hiring a lawyer from Jaswal & Krueger will mean that we take care of all of these procedural steps for you. From disputing the ticket to appearing in court on your behalf, the only thing you need to worry about is getting us a copy of the ticket within the 30 day deadline. At Jaswal & Krueger, our team has a thorough knowledge of the court, its rules, and how the legal process can be used in your favor.