I'm not questioning the missing plate even though many police have seen the car and never said a thing and I have no idea where the plate is supposed to go since there is no bracket, so I guess I'll pay that.
The question I have is are these the types of tickets that are given because they don't think I have insurance and am not the legal owner or just because I didn't have the papers on me (even though i did have the insurance after all)? Do I plead not guilty and show them I'm insured and have ownership (and in which case do they cancel the charges?) or do I request to meet with a prosecutor and if I prove I have the docs, what happens then? I didn't produce the docs so does that mean I'm guilty or can I get the charges dropped if I show I have the docs but couldn't produce them when asked? It seems the charge for not having insurance at all is much higher penalty than not having the papers so do they know what to charge you with? Do they have access to our insurance proof via the insurance co's computer systems? Seems they must or they would have charged me with not having insurance, no? How best to proceed?
In regards to what you were charged with, not surrendering the documents is the offence. That being said, all your charges are what I'd consider relatively minor offences. Busy jurisdictions like Toronto have been known to simply drop failure to provide documenation charges if you can show the Crown you had valid ownership/insurance on the date of the offence.
In your case, I'd try to work out a plea deal. Three convictions, even though minor, would have a big impact on your insurance rates. Try to get the Crown to drop two in exchange for a plea on the third. Bring documentation showing that everything was in order on the date of the offence, and maybe something like a photo of your car to show the front plate is attached.
And would the Ministry automatically group all the charges into one meeting or do I have to request that?
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