Traffic Ticket Misconceptions
A mistake on the ticket means the case will be dropped
Not necessarily. It all depends on the nature of the mistake. The majority of mistakes can be amended by the court, either after being pointed out to the Justice of the Peace by the prosecutor or the person charged.
The authority for amending the ticket falls under section 34 of the Provincial Offences Act.
Discuss with your POINTTS™ Traffic Ticket Specialist what you believe to be a mistake. They will be able to advise if it is fatal to the charge or amendable.
My home province will not find out about my out of province ticket
Where a person licensed in one jurisdiction (province) is convicted of one of a number of specified offences in another member jurisdiction, the latter shall report the conviction to the jurisdiction of record. Some of these offences are under the Criminal Code of Canada relating to:
- The operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Offences relating to dangerous driving, criminal negligence, etc.
In addition, there are a number of provincial moving violations including but not limited to:
- Red lights.
- Stop signs.
- Careless driving.
- Failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
- Passing where prohibited.
- School buses.
I automatically win if the officer doesn’t show up in court
Most of the time the charge will be withdrawn by the prosecutor if they cannot proceed in the absence of the officer and no reason can be provided to the court as to their absence.
However, depending on the particular court, adjournments may be granted.
Traffic tickets that carry 0 demerit points will not affect my insurance
It all depends on your insurance company and your driving record. Most companies will allow three minor convictions, regardless of demerit points, over three-year period without any increase in premium. The important thing to remember is a conviction is a conviction no matter how many points are associated with it.
The officer has to show me the radar reading for my speeding ticket
No, this is purely discretionary on the officer’s part. There is no legislation or case law on this issue.
If I hire someone to represent me, I do not have to attend court
On simple charges where you have instructed us to enter a plea of guilty to a reduced charge, it is not usually necessary for you to attend court. However, where we intend to challenge the allegation against you, then it is only you that can tell the court what happened. Your POINTTS™ Traffic Ticket Specialist is by your side to conduct the trial, defend your rights in the proceedings and make an argument on your behalf. We cannot tell the court what happened.