Q 1. Got a ticket, what to do?
Ans. (a)   In case of PARKING TICKET, you have two options

  • Be a volunteer and pay the fine
  • Challenge the ticket

(b)   In case of NOT A PARKING TICKET, you have three options

  • Plead guilty and pay the fine
  • Fight the ticket
  • Challenge the ticket
Note:   If you do not choose one of the above options within 15 days of receiving the ticket, or if you do not appear for your trial, a Justice of the Peace will review your case and may enter a conviction without you there.
Q 2. How to fight a ticket?
Ans. You have the right to challenge the ticket in Court. You can meet the prosecutor or your legal representative can on your behalf to resolve the issue.
Q 3. If I ignore my ticket, what will happen?
Ans. (a)   You should respond within 15 days, otherwise you would be convicted of the offences offence, you are charged with.

(b)   In case you are convicted, you would be required to pay the set fine, court costs and the victim fine surcharge by the due date.

(c)   If fine is not paid after conviction by due date then it may lead to one of following:-

  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation could refuse to issue or validate your vehicle permit
  • Driver’s licence could be suspended
  • Charge of an additional administrative fee
  • Defaulted fine will be referred to a collection agency
  • Defaulted fine information will be given to a credit bureau
Q 4. How long do I have to respond once I receive a ticket?
Ans. 15 days of receiving the ticket.
Q 5. How to get the original speed back, once reduced by the officer?
Ans. Only the prosecutor can request that a speed be brought back up to the original speed, not the officer.
Q 6. If my speeding ticket was reduced by the officer, should I bother to fight the ticket?
Ans. In our opinion, you should request a court date for any speeding ticket that you receive.
Q 7. I don’t think I was going as fast as the officer gave me the speeding ticket for. Can I use this as a defence?
Ans. Stating, “You don´t think you were going as fast as the officer clocked you”, is not a valid defence for your case. Actually, on the contrary, this sort of statement would help to convict you of the speeding ticket.

For example, if you feel that you were only speeding 10 km over the limit but the officer gave you a ticket for 20 over the limit. You disclose this in court, you are still admitting to speeding.

Q 8. Can the radar be inaccurate?
Ans. Mechanical devices can have mechanical issues. Radar and Laser devices are used by officers because of their reliability and accuracy.
Q 9. I got ticket due to sudden change of speed zone, I didn’t mean to over speed. What to do?
Ans. Ignorance and explanations are not a valid defence for a speeding ticket. Speeding is an Absolute Liability offence. What this means is that all the officer has to do is prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that you were speeding. The only way to fight a speeding ticket properly is to have a valid defence plan that consists of accurately questioning the officer to ensure that he cannot prove your guilt and to examine all possibilities of technical and legal errors.
Q 10. The officer didn’t show me the radar reading, now what?
Ans. Officers are not required by law to show a radar reading and this will not stand up in court as a valid defence for a speeding ticket.
Q 11. I was speeding. Shouldn’t I just pay the speeding ticket?
Ans. That is completely up to you. But remember that paying any speeding ticket fine is an automatic plea of guilty to the speeding offence and a speeding conviction will be on your record. The only way to have a chance at getting the speeding ticket eliminated or reduced is to file for a court date.