I was driving in the right hand lane which eventually became a right turn lane. When I realized I was in the right turn lane, I tried to change to the left hand lane since I did not recognize the street where the road was turning to. Since it was rush hour, there was a long line of cars on the left hand lane so I patiently waited putting my signal on until someone let me in. As I was waiting, I made sure there was no car behind me trying to turn right.
well, the police officer was sitting in an unmarked car on the street (where the right turn lane leads to) and stopped me as soon as I made the lane change and gave me the ticket. I tried to explain I was from the county and not familiar with the area enough to make that turn.
What chances do I have in terms of (reduced fine or points) if I choose option #2 and plead guilty? What are my best arguements? how should I proceed? any advice is much appreciated.
As for option 2, the Justice of the Peace will frequently reduce a fine if you plead guilty, but it depends on the JP, the jurisdiction and the circumstances surrounding the offence. Demerit points on the other hand can't be avoided since the Courts have no control over them. The only way to avoid demerit points is to be found not guilty, or make a deal with the Crown to plead out to a different offence that carries none. You may want to choose option 3 and request a first attendance meeting with the Crown. See if they're willing to offer you any deals if you're planning to plead guilty.
what steps do I have to follow if I choose option #3? Will it require many trips in person to the court? I'm confused about what you said, "See if they're willing to offer you any deals if you're planning to plead guilty." From what I understood, if I choose option 3, I thought I was pleading not guilty to the offence? Will they still make me plead guilty to a lesser offence in order to reduce the points?