I went to my initial hearing in Napanee, and they gave me my disclosure(see bellow) and the deal was to drop stunt driving and pay 1500$, I refused the deal and I have a Trial in May 16.
I've spoken to a few paralegals prior to getting my disclosure and they all said the same things along the same lines "Oh, Napanee is bad. We will try to fight it but if we can't, we'll get you a good deal". I was hesitant to pay $1,000 to someone to go in and get the same deal as the prosecutor gave me at the initial hearing. I even asked and they said "This is the best deal we can give, and this is what we would give you if you were represented by a paralegal" I don't know how true that is though.
Anyway, what are my best options here? Should I hire a paralegal or a lawyer and can I win ?
My disclosure : https://docsend.com/view/bp9nex2
Thank you for your time in reading this and any future feedback, comments, suggestions.
Your deal is pretty standard. In term of deals, It's either drop the stunt and charge you according to the speed or they drop the speed down to 49. The higher the speed, the less likely you are to receive much of anything.
If that's what they were willing to offer, I don't know if i'd expect anything better.
Keep in mind speeding 50+ is still a serious offense in terms of insurance. What that means is whether you accept the deal or not, your provider isn't going to treat these differently. You will however save quite a bit on the fine.
If you get a deal at 49 over, you'll be up to 7 demerit points and will receive a warning letter. If you're convicted at 50 over or more, you'll be at 9 points and could face an interview or a licence suspension.
This could open a whole can of worms with the MTO. You should probably keep tabs on your license and its status. There's a possibility that it could be suspended at any time.
Now I don't know if the appeal will be accepted and what can I except.
You should also contact the paralegal company to find out what happened. If there is no valid reason for the paralegal not to have shown up and if there are any consequences to you, you can file a complaint with the Law Society of Ontario.
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