1. Is the Charge Screening form the result of the Resolution Request, or is it just included with all disclosures? Should I still be expecting something else to be sent?
2. The Charge Screening form offers to reduce my fine from the $85 ($110 with surcharges) to $60 (plus surcharges). Should I accept this as a partial victory and be grateful?
3. Section 139(1) says I must yield to approaching traffic. The vehicle I struck was parked at the side of the road so it really wasn't approaching traffic any more than a mail box or lamp post that I could have backed into. Am I on secure ground here?
4. The Charge Screening form also says I am free to contact the prosecutor to discuss the matter further. Should I try to do this to explain my objections to the charge? Is there any chance he could see my point and drop/withdraw the charge? Or is he likely to change it to something like Careless Driving?
I'm a little apprehensive about representing myself in court but paralegals charge $300 - $400 and that's a lot more than the fine I'm facing. Because of my driving record I'm not too concerned about the demerit points, but I am concerned about spoiling that nice clean record.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I'm hoping though that someone with some experience in these matters can comment on my other questions. I would really appreciate the help.
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