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Wrong location on a traffic ticket
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:01 pm 
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Hi guys, i've been looking around the forum in regards to this ticket my aunt received a few months ago, but i've been getting mixed results.
I've personally went to trial before on a traffic ticket, where the officer wrote the wrong location/intersection and was thrown out when i went to court. This time when my aunt was issued a traffic ticket, i thought it would be easier to go through early resolution, but that didn't go well so we ended up asking to go to trial. While speaking with the prosecutor, she mentioned that they were allowed to change the location on the ticket. is this true?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:18 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:23 pm 
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well this is bad...


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Re: Wrong location on a traffic ticket
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Out of curiosity, what is it that makes you think the location is wrong?


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Re: Wrong location on a traffic ticket
PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:46 am 
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Yeah, they can amend the ticket to reflect the actual charges. Even if your ticket was actually the wrong location (like the wrong street all together), I think it's a difficult case to make unless you could have actually proved that you were never on that street with that vehicle. I don't think the wrong street is a fatal error anyway though, so they could still convict you. It really depends on the JP, I've heard of tickets getting thrown out because there was a spelling error in the name... Courts are crowded, JP's just throw stuff out for small errors sometimes, but it's their discretion.

JP's are cranky, sometimes that works in your favour... Like that story of the JP who threw out all the charges because the prosecutor walked in 2 minutes late, or something like that. They can, and sometimes will, throw out charges even if they don't absolutely have to. So just because it worked once, doesn't mean it will work again, but it doesn't necessarily mean it won't work again - it's all up to the JP.

Link to the article about the cranky JP mentioned above:
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2013/ ... _late.html

Edit: Just briefly read the article again, I find it hilarious that it starts with "An impatient justice of the peace tossed out more than 60 charges en masse because the prosecutor was two minutes late, costing the city lost revenues and prompting a battle with Toronto’s legal department."

Reinforces the idea that traffic tickets are the City's cash cow.


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