Why You Should Fight Speeding Traffic Tickets in Mississauga
No one likes being stopped for speeding and issued a ticket. There are often fines associated with the tickets,
as well as demerit points that go on your driving record. The monetary amount for the fine can vary depending upon the actual amount you were driving over the speed limit. Additionally, any demerit points for speeding ticket offences remain on your record for three years and can cause your insurance rates to increase.
The penalties of speeding tickets are currently broken down into specific ranges for the amount you are alleged to have traveling at over the posted legal speed limit, as follows:
- 0 to 15 km/h over – 0 demerit points
- 16 to 29 km/h over – 3 demerit points
- 30 to 49 km/h over – 4 demerit points
- 50 km/h or more over – 6 demerit points and mandatory suspension of driver license
In addition, if you were exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more, over the legal posted speed limit, you could potentially be charged with one of several Highway Traffic Act Offences, such as “Stunt Driving,” “Racing,” or “Excessive Speed,” as defined under Section 172 of the Act. This means not only do you have to pay fines for the speeding ticket and have 6 demerit points on your driving record, but also have to face the additional charge, which carries with it, its own penalties, if found guilty of the offence.
It is worth mentioning, if you are speeding through construction zones or other areas where there are workers present, and there are signs posted, your speeding ticket fines and automatically doubled from the normal rate.
As you can see, simply pleading guilty to speeding traffic tickets is not always in your best interests. Over time you can rack up demerit points and could potentially face license suspension. Not to mention, all the money you will have spent on fines.
Strategies to Fight Traffic Tickets in Mississauga
While you might automatically assume you are guilty of speeding because you were issued a speeding ticket, this would be a mistake. There are several different strategies a qualified and experienced Mississauga traffic ticket lawyer or paralegal can use to help you fight the charges, such as:
Proving Speeding Was Necessary to Avoid Harm – You had to speed up to make room for a car merging into your lane.
Proving Your Speeding was a Mistake of Fact – The posted speed limit sign was obscured or had been vandalized.
Proving You Were Legally Justified in Speeding – You were experiencing chest pain and were speeding to get to hospital.
Challenging the Officer’s Version of the Events – Establishing doubt about the officer’s version of events can help get a speeding ticket dismissed.
Challenging the Officer’s Objectivity/Subjectivity – Officers must make subjective decisions as to who is actually speeding, especially on busy roadways. Sometimes, even when they are attempting to remain objective, it provides an opportunity to challenge their conclusions.
Please keep in mind these strategies are for informative purposes only and should not be used as actual legal advice for fighting traffic and speeding tickets, since everyone’s situation and circumstances are often different. For actual legal advice and assistance in fighting speeding and traffic tickets in Mississauga, please contact X-Crown Legal Services today by calling 416-955-0862 to discuss the matter further and arrange a complimentary consultation appointment.