I have a good driving record with no convictions for 3 years and cant afford to have my insurance go up to a crazy level that makes it impossible to afford insurance since its almost to that point now. I have already filed to take the ticket to court and am wondering where I should go from here. All the help that can be offered would be greatly appreciated because I was aware of what was happening but could not stop in time. Given the fact the the winter tires are no good in the rain do I have a chance of using that as a defense at all.
If you plan on fighting the charge outright, I'd seek legal representation. If not, seeking a plea deal with the Crown would be the next best alternative. Careless can frequently be plead down to a much less serious charge such as follow too close, fail to turn out to avoid collision, etc. All carry fewer demerit points and are much less serious in terms of insurance implications.
I wont bother seeking representation because the last 3 times I did that over the last 10 years nothing was done and it was a waste of money. Its my first time fighting it on my own so am not sure how its all done. Do I file for disclosure before I talk to a prosecutor or do I file for that only if he/she doesnt want to plea down to a lesser charge?
Any info would be greatly appreciated.