I got a ticket last year for CONFUSE PLATE IDENTITY, and going to trial in three weeks.
Basically what happened was that I had a decorative license plate inside my car, tucked on the left side of the rear window.
The plate was positioned sideways. A police officer most likely looking to fill his quota stopped me and gave me a ticket.
I had no clue it could confuse anyone as to where my Ontario license plate was . My ontario plate was fully visible and where it should be.
I was charged with the section 13(1) of the HTA
13. (1) No number other than that upon the number plate furnished by the Ministry shall be exposed on any part of a motor vehicle or trailer in such a position or manner as to confuse the identity of the number plate.
Now, my question is what are my chances of winning this and what could be my defense? One thing that is different is that it was a fake plate not issued by no Ministry and the other thing is that it was inside not on.
Thanks in advance
Are we talking about one of those faux-European plates that you're likely to see in the window of a Volkswagen?me_how wrote:One thing that is different is that it was a fake plate not issued by no Ministry and the other thing is that it was inside not on.
You're going to meet with the prosecutor before any trial takes place. See what they're willing to offer you after a quick explanation. Don't go into rant explaining your innocence. Just explain it's a decorative plate inside your car and you immediately got rid of it. It's possible they'll cut you some slack.
Whether or not you already have an Ontario plate doesn't clear you of causing confusion. Same goes with the plate being fake. It's not all about officer confusion, it's confusion to everyone who shares the road and may need to use your plate as an identifier.
The officer wasn't exactly friendly, after giving me the ticket he told me to "get out of the car and take that s*** off".
The prosecutor told me he could drop it down to $40, but that's not good enough for me I need this totally dropped.
I would agree with you if the plate was any where close to the Ontario plate like how some VW guys have it, but it was inside and nowhere near the actual plate. The only way this would confuse anyone was if he could barely see or first day in Canada which means they shouldn't be on the road anyway.
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