You’ve received a ticket and you’re looking into your options – including your right to fight it and are thinking about coming in for a free consultation. But… what should you bring with you? What is needed for you to find out the most and understand the situation best?
A no obligation consultation is exactly that, an opportunity for you to learn your options and rights about the charge(s) you face and the possible consequences to you. You are not committed to hiring our service and we may be advising you, based on your situation, to pay the ticket, hire an agent, or fight the ticket yourself. We will try to give you as much accurate information as possible during the consultation, tailored to your specific circumstances.
To ensure you get the most accurate assessment of your situation, complete honesty is the first requirement. We need to know everything about the incident and your driving record. All information is kept strictly confidential.
Below we have listed some additional things that assist us during the consultation. The better the information we have, the better advice we can provide to you.
Your Ticket(s) (Or copies)
The first thing you need to bring – the ticket allows our agents to see who the officer who issued it was, the area, and if there’s anything wrong with it. The ticket includes a lot of vital information that otherwise is worked from memory – or can’t be replicated at all.
Unsurprisingly – you need to bring your license in for information. Things like your license number come up. If it isn’t available – please bring other photo-ID. Paralegals are regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) and ID is required even for a consult under that regulatory scheme. You will also be asked your occupation, for the same reason.
All Court Dates and Correspondence
If you’ve gone to court on your behalf (or had someone else represent you) we need to know about them and what has happened at them so that we can know where your case currently sits. All letters and correspondence from the court are important for that same reason.
You may have received documents from the court including Officer’s Notes and similar things that are of extreme importance to fighting traffic tickets.
Driving Record (Abstract)
Your record effects what you need to do and what options are available as well as likely what the crown is willing to work with us. What tickets you’ve had in the past, points and number of convictions all matter, for the ticket before the Court and for potential insurance implications.
You can order your Statement of Driving Record (3 year abstract) at your local MTO office for $12 if you are unsure of your record and how many points or convictions you have. If you can accurately recall approximately when you received any tickets and for which offence, this is not needed.
Insurance Slip (or Renewal date)
Insurance is the number one reason people fight traffic tickets and it is important to know about renewal dates and what’s going on. This allows us to assist you best.
Any recordings or pictures from the scene
If you have any recordings, pictures or other evidence from the scene bring them in. Pictures of the vehicles, recordings of what the officer said and so forth can be very valuable to have.
Any note you’ve made
In addition to recordings and pictures, notes are important to bring as they often have a clearer recollection then we have days or weeks later. Anything along these lines should be brought.
No one is more important for saying what happened then you! All of this is us working with you to help do whatever we can.