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If you have just received a ticket, you have 30 days to challenge it. Remember that a payment equals a plea of guilt and has the consequences associated with the offense in question. You may decide to challenge the ticket yourself by checking "not guilty" on the formulaire and asking for disclosure of the evidence. Increase your chances of success through a lawyer who can take care of your case for you.
There are many reasons why contesting a ticket is worthwhile:
- The more points you accumulate, the more expensive it is to renew your license
- Your insurance rates could increase
- Points remain on your record for two or more years
- Certain employers will request your record depending on the position (delivery, taxi driver, uber, etc.)
- Excessive speeding infractions can remain up to ten years on your record
It is better to contest within 30 days of the ticket being served. However, it is sometimes possible to challenge it after this date. You can always call the prosecution's municipal court registry to ask them the status of your file and if a default judgment has been rendered against you.
If you decide to ignore your ticket or fail to respond after 30 days, the court will assume that you plead not guilty. A judge will make a judgment on your file and you will be informed by mail of the decision made. In this case, you will not be notified of the hearing date of your file and you will not have the opportunity to defend your case.
If you do not pay your tickets, the court will notify the SAAQ (Quebec auto insurance company) and it will suspend your driver's license or the right to obtain one until your debt is paid. The SAAQ also has the power to suspend the registration of your vehicle. This means you cannot drive, sell, or let someone else drive your vehicle. Be careful, driving during a suspension period could lead to serious consequences such as the seizure of your vehicle, the imposition of a fine of up to $ 2,000, etc. For more details, visit the website of the SAAQ.
No, you can always challenge your ticket and prepare your file for the court yourself. However, to increase your chances of success, it is best to go through a lawyer specializing in criminal law. This person can challenge the ticket for you, analyze the prosecution evidence and contact the public prosecutor directly to negotiate a reduction or removal of the demerit points associated with your offense. They can also represent you during a trial.
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