I received a ticket for DISOBEY STOP SIGN under the highway traffic act section 136(1)(A) a handful of months ago. My court date is today at 1:30pm.
I requested disclosure and finally received the officers files yesterday, along with a DVD video of my offense.
After going through the notes and watching the video, it's quite obvious that I am guilty and I ran the stop sign.
I was wondering what my options are from here?
There is obviously no point in trying to plead not guilty and fight my case as the video blatantly shows me doing a rolling stop.
Is there any way to plead guilty to a lesser charge (hopefully removing the demerit points) like I would have been able to if I chose option 2 and met for early resolution with a prosecutor? Or do I just have to plead guilty to the full offense?
This was my first ticket ever, and foolishly I listened to all my friends who said "Fight it, the cops never show up". Now I understand that since 2013, the officer pretty much has to show up as it is part of his pay... And even with the notes/video, I feel like I have no chance in defending myself
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Thank you for your response. I appreciate it.ynotp wrote:There is still a chance that the officer is a no show and there is a good chance that you can plead guilty to a reduced charge. You could also to for more time to review the evidence because you just received disclosure yesterday and haven't had a chance to review it. Good luck.
If the cop is a no show, is the case automatically thrown out? Or can they use his case notes as evidence and proceed with the trial?
They will most likely plea-bargain down to HTA S.182 - Disobey Sign, which carries two demerit points rather than three. They will most likely reduce the fine as well. I don't think there are any alternate HTA offences that don't carry demerit points, except a municipal by-law for disobeying that stop sign.