Need an expert advice here. 10 days ago I got a speeding ticket. Ticket has a fatal error on its face-offense not known to law. It says speeding 75km/hr in posted 60km/hr zone. What is the best way to proceed?
1. Should I completely ignore this ticket and let the JP to quash it?
2. Should I go with option 3 - request a trial and force the fatal error by not showing up at court?
Does court notify you if ticked was quashed? If not, when to call to check on the status of the case? If JP overlooks the error and enters a conviction in my absence, do they send any paperwork and give you enough time to pay the fine before MTO suspends the license? I know that if convicted I'll have 15 days to appeal, but I'm concerned about possible license suspension and keeping a track on the case.
Would appreciate any comments.
I don't think numbers matter at all - see list of fatal errors with example here : http://www.ticketcombat.com/step5/quash.php
There is no offense in HTA such as "Speeding 75km/hr in posted 60km/hr zone", but there is an offense "speeding".
I'm looking at ticket combat and they list "speeding x km/hr in an x km/hr-zone" as a fatal error, this is what my ticket has on it. This is because it's an "unknown offense." Please, clarify.ynotp wrote:I hate to burst your bubble here but Speeding 75km/hr in posted 60km/hr zone is not a fatal error. If it said speeding 60km/hr in posted 75km/hr zone you'd be in business.
- unknown offence (e.g. speeding 70kh/hr in a 64km/hr zone);
What they are trying to comunicate is that 64 km/hr is not a known speed limit. All valid speeding tickets state the speed your are charged with going, and what the maximum speed for that zone is. If the officer just wrote speeding, how do you differentiate between 1-15 over vs 16 - 29 vs 30 - 50 vs 50+?
If you request a trial and if there is a fatal error, then you can just not show up and the Justice should quash it. If the Justice does not quash then you can appeal on an error at law that the Justice should have quashed because the ticket was not regular on its face. If you do not show for the trial, then there is officially "no trial", and if there is officially "no trial", then the Justice can NOT amend the ticket. If there is a fatal error and you show for a trial and point it out, then the prosecutor will just ask to have it amended and now there is no more fatal error.
I do not think what you posted is an error at law though, so you should probably go to trial.
*** This is not legal advice and is my opinion only. ***
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