Only later did I realize that it comes with 3 demerit points and how nasty it is to have the demerit points.
I have gone to the higher court for an appeal. They have given me a date for the end of the month and a meeting with a prosecutor half an hour before the appeal.
Please advise what is the best course of action I can do to avoid the demerit points.
That said, demerit points aren't as "evil" as many people think. They have no effect on insurance unless one accumulates enough points to have his or her licence suspended. All that affects insurance is the severity of a conviction (minor, major or criminal) and the number of convictions. This offence would be considered minor for insurance purposes.
Unless the prosecutor is sympathetic and you're able to convince him or her that you misunderstood the process (you're an immigrant to Canada who's not familiar with our justice system, etc.), your appeal won't be successful. An appeal can only be successful if the JP made an error in law or erred in interpreting or applying evidence. The route that is more likely to work is reopening your case, but I don't know if that's an option after a guilty plea.
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