I was just wonder what my chances are to get this ticket reduced and/or dismissed. I've already contacted a paralegal and I'm awaiting a trail date for more info.
Former Ontario Police Officer. Advice will become less relevant as the time goes by !
The situation is similar to speeding 50km+ vs. 49km or less. While separated by only 1km, speeding 49km will see you in the same category as someone who speeds 5km, forgets their insurance papers at home, has improper headlights, etc. Speeding 50km will lump you together with the worst including those who fail a breathalyzer, those caught racing, drivers without any insurance, etc. Careless also driving falls into this category.
It's the difference between paying possibly 5% more in insurance or being booted from your provider completely and taking the bus for the next couple years. Sometimes you got to know when to hold them and when to fold them. This is one of those situations where you probably want to take the reduced charge and run. You DO NOT want a careless driving conviction. Anyone you hire is likely going to tell you the same thing.