A Canadian motorist can be ticketed for a huge number of reasons. The more time one spends on the road, the higher the chances are of getting in the crosshairs of the law. Across the provinces are codes filled with the legal regulations of the road, in Quebec the infractions are contained in a piece of law entitled the “Highway Safety Code”. These infractions range from parking tickets, tickets with simple fines to the larger tickets of combined loss of demerit points coupled with high fines. In 2007 in the province of Quebec, police officers handed out to motorist around one million tickets. These one million tickets led to many motorists losing a huge amount of demerit points and sometimes their licence. Aside from the loss of demerit points, tickets are a great source of revenue, with Canadian motorists paying into the connecting fine amount on tickets. Since 2007, the average of tickets being handed out by officers has seemingly plateaued to 825,000 individual tickets, still affecting the lives of hundreds and thousands of motorists per year. From experienced drivers to new drivers, it seems at one point most almost everyone will be faced with the option of paying or contesting a speeding (or any other type) of ticket.
Who is most likely to get a ticket then? It would seem that the majority of those receiving tickets are male. In fact, they make of 73% of motorists who received tickets for a wide range of traffic offences. However, traffic offences can affect anyone, they are not reserved for a particular type of person, nor a particular type of driver. These traffic offences are not always well deserved. There can be instances where motorists find themselves in impossible situations, or wrongly accused of infractions in an unfair manner. One can find themselves faced with huge fines, and a loss of demerit points they simply cannot afford. A loss of demerit points can negatively impact someone’s life, for example causing them to loose their licence for a minimum period of three months, sometimes six months or even a year. For those of us who depend on being on the road for their livelihood a suspension could lead to imaginable hardship. But there is help and hope. After receiving a ticket it is important to review your options and understand what they are.
When faced with a loss of demerit points, or even graver the lost of a license it is important that you turn to trusted professionals who can fight your case in court. Before you hire someone you need to do your research first. You need to verify their reviews; you need to speak to them to be sure that they are a specialist in this field. They should not offer you any guarantees but be honest about your case. They are there to make sure your driving record stays clean or possibly to avoid any possible suspensions. There are legal professional that are there to help you do just that. These lawyers spend their days in and out of Quebec busiest courts saving licences and tickets every day. They will be sure to analyze your file so you have the greatest chances on your side. They are there to negotiate for you with the prosecutor in an attempt to keep you out of court. Should this fail they will be there to prepare you and then make representations in court on your behalf. Their work for you will save you time, hopefully money, and the headaches that come with dealing with the court system by yourself.
If they win your case, depending on whether you plead guilty to a lesser infraction, or win the case completely you will have many more benefits. It is possible that you will be able to save hundreds of dollars that you would have had to pay in fines, higher licence fees, and insurance rates. These benefits will be especially important in the long run. For example, if faced with a ticket known as “GEV” in Quebec, that being a speeding ticket of 6 points or more, should you plead guilty the offence will appear on your license for the following ten years. This means higher insurance rates, higher licensing fees, and the possibility of being turned down for a job that requires a clean record. As a result of such dire consequences, a legal professional will be there to guide you through the legal quagmire to lead you to the best possible result.