Driving Offences Under The Highway Traffic Act
Charges under the Highway Traffic Act may not necessarily be considered criminal charges, but depending on the charge they can disrupt your life as much or more than a criminal charge, especially if your job involves driving, or relies on driving to some significant degree.
The charges can involve a wide variety of moving violations such as speeding, careless driving, unsafe lane changes and running a red light.
Bernstein Law Group's lawyers will start by taking a look at the circumstances of your charge, arrest, record and needs. Then we will do whatever is best for you in terms of keeping your driving record clear and getting you back on the road as quickly as possible.
It's Not Just A Traffic Ticket
For many of us, traffic tickets are simply something that we grumble about and pay without considering the consequences or the possibilities available to us. Many other people who get tickets simply try to fight the tickets themselves. There are a number of reasons why either might not be a good idea:
- Insurance rates: Depending on the charge, pleading guilty may drive up insurance significantly.
- Ability to drive: If you rack up enough demerit points, you may lose your ability to drive for a period of time, especially if you are a new driver. Failure to stop for a police officer or remain at the scene of an accident, careless driving and racing can all result in massive demerit points, but even turning violations can add up if you get enough of them.
- Familiarity: If you go to traffic court, you will be dealing with people who do this all the time and who are familiar with every aspect of traffic law. You may not be able to find the right arguments to defend yourself.
We can point out which defences will not help you, and which unexpected defences might, such as unhelpful placement of stop signs. We can also find any potential errors made by the police when giving out the tickets or using the equipment used to measure your speed.