Can anyone tell me if a prosecutor generally offers much of a reduction (especially demerit points) in early resolution when speaking directly with the driver? Or, would I be more likely to get a better outcome by paying $400 to a paralegal to plea my fine?
This gets said repeatedly around here, but points are rather worthless. Unless you're not a fully licensed driver or you manage to get pulled over every other week, they are mostly meaningless. Your insurance doesn't care about them and you have to rack up a mountain of them before they have meaning. They last 2 years from the day you were pulled over before they disappear and don't show up until a conviction.
In terms of insurance, it's not going to matter whether it's 35, 29, or 15km. It's pretty much all the same to them until you get to 50km. So whether you drop down a couple kilometers or skim off some points, it's not of any interest to them. 1-49km is considered a minor offense and will be treated all the same.
Realistically, you're saving money on the fine and that's about it.
Former Ontario Police Officer. Advice will become less relevant as the time goes by !