He was at fault: it was a construction zone, so it was stop-and-go. He looked down at his cell phone (I know, I know), didn't stop in time and crunched into the vehicle in front. He was going maybe 15 km/hr, but according to the looks of our CRV it looks like he was going 70! Their SUV was affected, but not all that much. He got slapped with a careless driving charge. The officer was very helpful, and was speaking to my husband about his options but he was so shaken up he couldn't really retain a lot of info. He says the officer was explaining the "crown" a lot, and that he specifically pointed out his (the officer's) name on the ticket.
Do we go with Option 1, 2 or 3? From the research I've done so far we do want to fight it, just not sure if it should be 2 or 3. But then again maybe 1 because we're wondering if he'll get penalized further for distracted driving? Thoughts?
Once you get your notice of trial, then you request disclosure which should include the officers notes, and all witness statements and their will-say statements.
Remember if you go to trial that an actual witness must be there to testify against you. The police officer is not a witness (unless he actually saw it happen). So you have a very good chance of beating it because a lot of times the other person can't be bothered showing up.
+++ This is not legal advice, only my opinion +++