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Many tickets can be negotiated down to a lower offence or fine. Should there be a discretionary penalty, that penalty can be negotiated down to a lower amount. The penalties can range from fines, to demerit points in the case of driving related tickets, to license suspensions, to jail time.

Few tickets come with penalties of jail time, but they can be costly, and affect your employment, your insurance rates, and your ability to drive. Often fighting a traffic ticket can involve many hours waiting in line or in court to be heard, only to have your matter put over to another date to come back to run a trial.

Should an accused person wish to run a trial and contest the ticket entirely, the process runs similar to a criminal trial. Procedures and rules of evidence are imported from the criminal courts. The assistance of a defence lawyer can increase your chances of success by putting these rules and procedures to work for you.

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