I am hoping the officer does not show up. But if they do, can I still plead guilty, although I did decide to go to trial by pleading not guilty. If the officer, does show up, I know it's going to be their word against mine. Do I/Can I still plead guilty and ask them to omit 3 demerit points by explaining them that I am a university student and would not be able to afford any hikes in my insurance?
Any suggestion? Tips? Freaking out, this is my first time...thank you
Yes, you can still plead guilty. They may or may not offer you a reduced charge. They'll do so in return for a guilty plea and avoiding a time consuming trial.jonathanfront18 wrote:Can I still plead guilty and ask them to omit 3 demerit points by explaining them that I am a university student and would not be able to afford any hikes in my insurance?
They cannot make points disappear. Points are automatically attributed to the charge and not assessed on a person to person basis. If your charge is reduced, the amount of points may change based on the charge being offered. You cannot plead guilty to a charge that has points and simply have the points reduced. They are applied automatically by the MTO according to the charge. If you leave your trial with any points, they will expire September 2015. They start from the date you were charged and last 2 years.
Insurance companies don't care about points. They don't use them and they don't look at them. Either you are convicted or you weren't. If you could have the points removed from your charge, which you can't, it wouldn't matter to your insurance anyways. Points are a penalty system used by the MTO to punish repeat offenders. It doesn't matter to your insurance company. Being charged may change your rates whether there's points or not. You could be charged with zero points and still have your rates go up. They'll decide your rates based on the charge and your current driving record. Points are not a factor unless you rack up enough to get suspended.