I am a first year college student, and the car is in my name, G2 driver . That being said, the whole charge is out of my budget. The fines alone are not feesible, and it hurts to think of how my insurance would inflate with that on my driving record. What should my next steps be, and what are the odds that I can have the fine reduced to something more manageable? I have looked into a few paralegals (points, xcopper), and they all look like they're in the price range of ~700-800$, so if possible, I'd like to represent myself in court, is this a bad idea? Please share experiences with the same or similar charges, how the court proceedings went, and what will likely happen to me
Much appreciated guys, every reply helps me figure out what's best for me in this situation.
If the officer is present and his notes are good, then you'll have to plea-bargain. There are a number of alternate charges available to the crown: careless driving, unsafe lane change, improper right turn.
Keep in mind that as a novice class driver your license will be suspended if you collect 4pts within a two year window. It's in your best interest to book your full-G test at the earliest available date.
If you're found guilty for any of the less serious charges, then you'll simply lose your "conviction free" discounts, and possibly earn +10 to 20% bump per minor conviction. If you're found guilty for Careless or Stunt Driving, your insurer may cancel your policy.
If you don't feel comfortable going about this on your own, seek legal counsel and see what they can do.
how did he bust you under 172(1) if that is a different action? sorry if this is a dumb question im new to this stuff.
For the purposes of section 172 of the Act, "stunt" includes any activity where one or more persons engage in any of the following driving behaviours:
Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to cause some or all of its tires to lose traction with the surface of the highway while turning.[/quote]
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