Question: how does a 4 or 3 point speeding ticket get knocked down to 0 points (in your testimonies) when we go to court and get fines reduced and told that the lowest point reduction allowed is to 3?
Answer: Two arguments generally happen before the start of a trial once the Prosecution and Defence have reviewed the evidence: 1) Can the Prosecutor actually prove the case in the courtroom? and, 2) if so, is there a lesser offence that both parties can agree upon? If the case resolves under the first condition, the charge is withdrawn without any conviction registered against the Defendant (along with no fine, demerit points, suspension of licence, etc.). If the charge resolves under the second condition, a number of factors will come into play as to what lesser offence both parties can agree to. These can include what Court the matter is before, which Prosecutor is present for the resolution meeting, how far into a speeding range the Defendant is, how strong/weak the evidence is against the Defendant, whether there are any aggrevating factors involved, even how busy the Court docket is can play a role. In a specific case, it is always best to consult with a licenced paralegal to understand the factors that are likely to come into play with a particular charge. If you have been charged, we offer a free initial consultation with clients at our offices or via our toll-free number 1-866-801-8299.
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