When you receive a traffic ticket, especially if it is your first, you may be confused as to what to do next. Do you pay it as soon as possible out of fear of further penalties? Do you try to appear in court to defend yourself? Before making any decision that will affect your driving privileges, call BALATIDIS LEGAL SERVICES for a consultation with traffic ticket paralegals in Toronto.
Costs and Penalties of Traffic Tickets
The punishments associated with Ontario traffic tickets vary in severity depending upon the offence. As you likely would assume, a driving under the influence charge comes with much more serious penalties than a parking violation. A traffic ticket may come with any of the following penalties:
- Fines – Nearly every type of traffic violation is punishable by fine. These fines can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. In addition to at least the minimum fine associated with the charge, a victim fine may be added to the ticket, depending upon the charge. This fine is generally 20 to 25% of the set fine.
- Demerit Points – Many Toronto traffic tickets will add demerit points to your license. As points accumulate, you will receive a warning letter, and then be asked to attend a meeting to discuss the possible suspension of your license. If you continue to be convicted of violations, and receive more points, you will have your license suspended. Points stay on your license for two years.
- Imprisonment – In serious cases, you may receive a jail sentence as part of your punishment. This can occur with criminal driving violations, repeat offenders, or other circumstances.
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Remember, paying the fines for your traffic tickets is an admission of guilt. Once you do so, your ability to fight the ticket or appeal the charges against you becomes much more difficult. If you are certain that the ticket will not add any demerit points, and only comes with a small fine, there may be little risk that comes with paying.
To be safe, you should consult with one of our experienced and knowledgeable traffic ticket attorneys. Thanks to many years of experience, our team may be able to uncover issues you had otherwise overlooked. For example, the traffic ticket you have received may be of the variety that causes insurance companies to significantly raise rates. To protect yourself against these future costs, you can employ our services and possibly have the ticket dismissed and dropped from your driving record.
Fight Traffic Tickets with Professional Help
Fighting a traffic ticket can be an overwhelming process, but it does not have to be. At Balatidis Legal Services, you will received personal assistance, as we work with experts, such as criminal lawyers, former prosecutors, and other legal professionals who know the ends and outs of Ontario traffic law.
Our goal is to fight to have your charges to have your ticket dismissed or penalties reduced. We will do everything we can to help you keep your license, avoid demerit points, and reduce your overall costs. Call our traffic ticket professionals in Toronto today for a consultation.
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