CONTESTING A TRAFFIC TICKET

Receiving a traffic ticket can be a frustrating experience. The accumulation of demerit points on your driving record can affect your ability to drive your employment and can lead to the suspension of your driver’s licence.

We understand the importance of saving as many demerit points as possible. That’s why our approach to contesting traffic tickets in Quebec is focused on out-of-court settlements through negotiation with the prosecutor. Of course, if instructed, we are prepared to fight the charges on the merits at trial to secure an acquittal. Regardless of the method employed, we will zealously advocate for you.

Submit Your TRAFFIC Ticket

Step 1: Send us a picture of your traffic ticket.

Step 2: Receive an email outlining our proposed fee structure for contesting your traffic ticket.

Step 3: Before confirming a mandate, schedule a 10 minute phone call with one of our lawyers to see if we’re the right fit for you.

Step 4: Confirm the mandate, and we’ll guide you through the rest!

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    STEPS WE TAKE TO RESOLVE YOUR CASE

    1. Drafting and filing the not-guilty plea and requesting a copy of the disclosure (police report);
    2. Reviewing the police report;
    3. Outlining a strategy based on the infraction, your driving record, and your objectives;
    4. Waiting for a trial date to be set;
    5. Once a trial date has been set, commencing negotiations with the prosecutor to try and save as many demerit points as possible;
    6. If an agreement to save demerit points is reached, we will draft and file the necessary paperwork;
    7. If negotiation is not successful and we are unable to save any demerit points, we will discuss trial options that are available to you;
    8. If needed, and if so mandated, we will proceed with the trial;

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    WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE RETAINING A LAWYER FOR CONTESTING YOUR TRAFFIC TICKET

    What does negotiating a traffic ticket entail?

    In many cases, we are able to negotiate agreements with the Crown Prosecutor whereby the client is able to save some or all demerit points associated with their ticket. The Quebec Highway Safety Code legally mandates the number of demerit points associated with each traffic violation.

    Successful negotiation involves reviewing the police report and, based on the weaknesses in the Crown’s case and the circumstance of the offence, presenting the Prosecutor with a lesser but included offence (for fewer demerits or no demerit points at all) to which you can plead guilty. It is important to note that in Quebec, traffic tickets are rarely dropped entirely.

    We will always inform you of the chances of successful negotiation. If successful negotiation isn’t possible, we will provide you with different trial options (attending on your own, being coached, or being represented by one of our lawyers).

    Understanding our fees for contesting a traffic ticket

    We charge a fixed fee for the general administration and negotiation of your traffic ticket file. This includes items 1 through 6 in the section above. Additionally, we charge a fee for each demerit point saved. If a trial becomes necessary, there is a separate fee depending on the mandate (representation or coaching).

    Retaining our services will likely only be worthwhile when the ticket received carries demerit points and your primary objective is the reduction of demerit points (or saving your licence)

    When does it make sense to hire a lawyer to contest a ticket?

    It makes sense to hire a lawyer when the primary objective is saving demerit points or securing an acquittal at trial. Our lawyers have a strong understanding of the law and, after analyzing the police report and noting your version of events, will usually know early on what your chances of success at trial are.

    It is important to note that the cost of hiring a lawyer will almost always be higher than the cost of the ticket itself.

    Facing criminal charges in Montreal or surrounding areas? Contact us now—we’re here to help!

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