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Fighting Your Traffic Ticket in Toronto

Did you just get a traffic ticket in Toronto and are not sure what to do now? Get legal consultation to see what your options are. Many traffic tickets may seem to carry only small fines, but there may be demerit points associated with the offence. Demerit points are added to your driving record for breaking traffic laws and can stay on your record for 2 years from the date of the offense and can result in you losing your driver’s license. Depending on your driving experience your car insurance rating may be affected as well.

Even if the traffic ticket does not carry demerit points, it may still affect your driving record. You have the right to challenge a traffic ticket in court. Tickets and fines are mostly handled by municipal-run courts and some of the common offenses that they handle are driving without a permit, disobeying traffic signs etc. Other offenses, such as driving while suspended and driving without insurance are provincial offenses.

Consult a professional and experienced traffic ticket fighter to know the implications of your traffic ticket and to successfully challenge it!
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Traffic tickets in Toronto can be given for many reasons. Speeding, driving without a permit, driving without proof of insurance, careless driving, or disobeying traffic laws are some of the offences that can land you a traffic ticket. Although some of these may seem to be small offences with little fines, there may be demerit points associated with the traffic ticket.

Demerit Points

Demerit points can quickly add up on your driving record for breaking traffic laws. Penalties for accumulating demerit points vary depending on your driving experience and the number of points on your driving record. Here are just a few examples of how you can receive demerit points:
  • 7 demerit points: failing to stop when signalled by a police officer.
  • 6 demerit points: careless driving; failing to stop for a school bus; exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/hr.
  • 5 demerit points: failing to stop at a railway crossing (bus drivers only).
  • 4 demerit points: following too closely; exceeding the speed limit by 30 – 49 km/hr.
  • 3 demerit points: failing to obey a traffic sign; failing to slow down and carefully passing an emergency vehicle.
  • 2 demerit points: improper right/left turn; failing to signal; failing to wear a seatbelt.
Penalties can range from a warning letter, 2 demerit points, to your licence being suspended after 9 points (for experienced drivers) New drivers can have their licence suspended after 6 demerit points. .
If you have received a traffic ticket for any of the above reasons, the demerit points can stay on your driving record for up to 2 years and this can impact your insurance premiums. You can have your traffic ticket challenged in court by an expert legal team which may result in reduced fines or a dismissal of the ticket. They even handle the entire process and will represent you in court. Consult a professional legal team to fight your traffic ticket in Toronto.
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