Well earlier today I can't came across something on the city of Toronto's website about filing an appeal. I was wondering whether I have any shot in hell of filing an appeal given that my representation didn't properly represent me?
Former Ontario Police Officer. Advice will become less relevant as the time goes by !
Your only option now is to sue x-copper for malpractice.
+++ This is not legal advice, only my opinion +++
Also, the Courts do recognize whats known as "ineffective assistance of counsel" as one possible reason to allow an appeal, but I dont think it would be a straightforward argument. Youd have to review any contracts and agreements you signed with the paralegal firm to see what level of service was requested and expected. If you agreed to a simple reduction in fine/points, then the service they provided (or lack thereof) may be deemed sufficient.
Realistically youd probably need an experienced lawyer to both review the matter and help you with the appeal (assuming grounds exist for an appeal). Then you also have to start weighing the costs and benefits of the whole process. Is it worth spending several thousand dollars in legal fees to fight an old speeding ticket? Also, if an appeal is granted and a new trial ordered, then what? Will there be grounds to beat the ticket in Court? Or do you simply end up with the same conviction on your record again.
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