You Received a Traffic Ticket in Toronto.
What Should You Do Next?
Receiving a Traffic Ticket in Toronto or just receiving a Traffic Ticket, in general, can be scary, especially if it is your first time. The officer gives you the ticket, quickly explains what options you have, and then you are on your way. Don’t worry; we are here to help! We are going to provide you with a little more insight into the Traffic Ticket itself, what you should do next, and how we can help.
3 Main Reasons To Fight Your Traffic Ticket in Toronto
You may think you can just pay a Traffic Ticket in Toronto, and it will go away. This is not true!
We have listed the top 3 main reasons you should fight your Traffic Ticket
1. Demerit points on your driving record.
2. Possible rise in your insurance rates.
3. A conviction will remain on your driving record for 3 years.
Without going into further detail, the above reasons are the most common reasons why you should fight the ticket. Other factors to consider are your class of licence, how long you have been driving, and what other convictions are on your record. Now that you know how a Traffic Ticket in Toronto can affect you, let’s look at how you fight a Traffic Ticket in Toronto.
How Do I Fight A Traffic Ticket in Toronto?
You are left with three options when deciding how to fight a Traffic Ticket in Toronto. The first option is to plead guilty to the ticket, which we never advise doing. The second option is early resolution; we don’t recommend this option either because you won’t get your case dismissed. The trial option is what we advise; it is the only way to have your matter dismissed like it never happened. We have gone into more detail below, discussing the three options you have.
Option 1 – Plead Guilty – Voluntary Payment of Total Amount: NOT ADVISABLE
You plead guilty to the charge and payment total.
You can pay the total amount shown on your ticket by cheque, money order, Visa, or MasterCard. Then mail everything to the appropriate court.
Or you can go into any Provincial Offences Court with your driver’s license. Provide your driver’s licence to the clerk, and they will be able to find your ticket. At that point, you will be able to pay.
Option 2 – Early Resolution – Request A Meeting To Discuss Your Case: NOT ADVISABLE
You may be allowed to meet with the prosecutor and come to a resolution prior to trial.
If you choose this option, you will never win your case and never have your case dismissed.
The only thing the prosecutor will do is reduce the charge. You may still be assessed demerit points. The ticket will remain on your driving record for three (3) years.
Option 3 – Trial Option: ADVISABLE
You or your representative will appear in court, file the ticket, and plead not guilty. You will receive the officer’s disclosure (his/her notes) that you can review.
This is the best way to deal with your Traffic Ticket in Toronto and keep your driving record clear and insurance rates the same.
The police and prosecutor must prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. If they cannot, the case will be dismissed.
If the officer does not show up, the case MAY be dismissed.
This is the only option that allows you to get the ticket dismissed like it never happened.
Please Note: Take a photo or copy of your Traffic Ticket for your records.
Schedule A Trial
Since you have taken our advice and decided to file the Traffic Ticket and plead not guilty, you now need to know where to file the ticket. Since Toronto is such a large city, you must first determine what location you need to go to in order to file the ticket. There are three ticket-filing locations in Toronto. You can figure out what location you need to go to by looking in the top left-hand corner. You will see a four-digit Icon Code; this code tells you where you can file your ticket. We have listed below the Icon Code and the address where you need to file your ticket.
Icon Code: 4860
Any Traffic Ticket in Toronto with the icon code of 4860 can be filed at Old City Hall, Lower Level located at 60 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2M4.
Icon Code: 4862
Any Traffic Ticket in Toronto with the icon code of 4862 can be filed at the York Civic Centre located at 2700 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M6M 1V1.
Icon Code: 4863
Any Traffic Ticket in Toronto with the icon code of 4863 can be filed at 1530 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1B 3M4.
How Can I Find My Traffic Ticket Online?
After you file the ticket, it can be a while before you receive your “Notice of Trial” in the mail. We suggest looking your Traffic Ticket up online. The City of Toronto has created a website where you can check the status of your ticket. It will provide you with updates regarding the time and date of your trial or the total fine amount you have to pay.
Check The Status Of A Traffic Ticket Or Fine
The City of Toronto has a system called “Court Case Look Up” that allows you to look up your Traffic Ticket online, and it has been linked below.
The Province of Ontario has a similar system that allows you to check the status of your Traffic Ticket or fine wherever you receive it within Ontario. Their system is called the “Provincial Offences Act Online Services,” and it has been linked below.
Where To Pay A Ticket Or Fine
If you decide that you just want to pay the ticket or receive a notice of fine and due date in the mail, you have a couple of options to pay your Traffic Ticket in Toronto.
This is the most common option people choose. You can go to the “Toronto Courts Provincial Offences Act Fine Payment” website and enter your offence number and offence date. From here, it will allow you to enter your credit card information and pay the fine.
Please Note: Always print out and keep your receipt.
Pay In Person
Unlike filing the ticket, any city of Toronto court office will accept payment. You can go to any of the previously mentioned locations with your Traffic Ticket, Notice of Fine and Due Date, or Driver’s Licence. They will be able to pull up your information, and you can pay the fine.
Please Note: Always keep your receipt.
Pay By Mail
Complete and detach the portion that comes with your Traffic Ticket in Toronto or your Notice of Fine and Due date. Mail-in the requested information and wait. We do not recommend this option, as you do not receive a receipt for your records.
Consequences Of Demerit Points
If you received a Traffic Ticket in Toronto, there are likely demerit points associated with that ticket. Our post on the Demerit Point System goes into full detail explaining what a demerit point is and how they are applied to your licence. Not only that, but we have also created a chart that lists the most commonly laid charge by police officers and how many demerit points are attached to them.
What To Expect When You Call Us For Advice
Right away, you’ll speak with one of our friendly associates who will gather more information about your matter. They will then ensure that you are in contact with the most appropriate person at our Firm to discuss your matter in more detail.
We will listen to your concerns and take the worry out of your traffic violation. We handle the entire ticket for you: filing the ticket, requesting disclosure, going to court, all correspondence, and any negotiations. We strive to obtain the results that you deserve.
Call today for a free consultation or request a free consultation online.