How do court fees etc work?

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  1. Big Al

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    I have a ticket that I want to argue that is coming up to its court date.
    Are court fees included in the ticket?
    What's the deal with pleading guilty etc. I know some people argue guilty if the officer shows up. What if I want to argue it, and am found guilty? More fees/charges?
     
  2. billybob

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    If you fight it and are still found guilty, there are no extra fees.


    At least, there wasn't with my experiences. :kekeke:
     
  3. eXploit

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    I'm pretty sure court fees only come into play in a civil court/lawsuit. Traffic court is paid for by your tax dollars. :)
     
  4. Big Al

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    cool so I can fight it til I'm blue in the face, with no additional charges/fees/being thrown in the slammer.... well the latter is possible depending on my words to the judge lol.
     
  5. Cheddar

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    No, If you piss him/her off enough they are certainly entitled to increase your fine.
     
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    Fuck. I was supposed to go to court in January and I forgot. Guess I'm guilty.
     
  7. Big Al

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    perfect
     
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    I argued my last traffic ticket, it went to trial and then adjourned. No court fee and i got off with the ticket.
     
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    I've got one I want to go to cour for in the near future. I'm hoping to have the number of demerits reduced/waived.

    Do I have to wait and go on the court date, or can I go to the courthouse before then and ask that the demerits be reduced?
     
  10. Big Al

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    how does the whole process work anyways?
     
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    In the states a person I knew use to come to the courts a few days in advance say he was going to be out of town and have his court date extended. Then when he showed up, 99% of the times the officer would not be able to show and he would get off.
     
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    The court date on your ticket is only for entering a plea. When you plead not guilty, a date will be set a few weeks/months down the road.

    At trial, you could:
    - be found guilty, and fine payable (face amount on the ticket, includes court costs and fine victim surcharge)
    - be found guilty, fine payable with court costs waived (I've seen this in the past)
    - be found not guilty.

    Just a hint - if you're arguing the ticket because of a "technicality" - officer didin't sign the ticket, spelled your name wrong, etc - don't bother, you won't get anywhere in court.
     
  13. slouse

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    The majority of the fees of the ticket are for court costs. The actual penalty for speeding is only like $50 on a 1-15 ticket. The rest is for court. That's why you should always fight them, otherwise you're just wasting that money.
     
  14. Slappy®™©

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    I hope you get the same judge i saw last. He ripped this kids a new asshole "Only collage students fight their tickets hard working people just pay them" Good Luck
     
  15. Halapine

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    Question for you, I got a ticket in NS last week. The officer (RCMP) asked me what language i wanted to be spoken to, i said French. And he told me he didn't speak french so i had to talk english (i still refused to talk english to him! his own problem for offering). So he wrote up the ticket on french paper but wrote everything in english. I'm not impressed with that. I'm going to court to fight the ticket because the amount is not reasonable and the demerit points and suspension is that standard here? in NB they don't have the 1 week suspension part.
    Oh, when an officer states he got you doing XX speed, and the car behind you at such another speed at the sametime, doesn't your radar only clock 1 car at a time, or multiples?

    At trial, you could:
    - be found guilty, and fine payable (face amount on the ticket, includes court costs and fine victim surcharge)


    If I go to trial, and am found guilty anyways .. will this mean my fine will be higher then what I was given on my ticket???
     
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    You are whats wrong with the country.
     
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    perfect. what if they set my court date after I move out west lol.
     
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    Not everyone is bilingual you stupid slouse.
     
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    Obviously i know that, but if you offer something your not capable of, whats the point?!? Thats what irks me the most.
     
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    If he's using LIDAR (laser), it would only clock one car at a time.

    I've never seen it happen.

    (Disclaimer: I'm neither a cop nor a lawyer.)
     
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    But if you can comprehend english why be a twat about it. He is just trying to do his job?
     
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    Well, this is how mine went.

    Went to court date, plead not guilty.

    Went to trial 1 year later, went and explained myself, provided evidence as to why im not guilty. Normally it would end there and the judge would give his verdict, but for me there was some things the judge/crown werent sure of, so it was adjourned until another date
     
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    Did they provide any evidence as to why you were guilty? Innocent until proven guilty kind of thing?

    I only ask as I have one coming up in October 09 (for an offence in Aprilish 08) that is basically my word against the officer's so I fear I am fucked.
     
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    so will I have to hire a lawyer or have some represent me if I'm not in the province a year from now?
     
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    They basicially just threw the rule book at me, and my arguement was basically that i was charged for something that doesnt fall under their criteria.
     
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    I may be ok then! I got charged for "changing lanes unsafely". The law for the section I was charged under says the driver is responsible for ensuring it is safe to change lanes before doing so.

    Shoulder check, lane change. Shoulder check, lane change. Seems about right ot me :shrug2:
     
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    why did they say they thought you made an unsafe lane change? Im pretty sure the cops didn't pull you over cuz they felt like it....they must have seen something they thought was wrong.
     
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    Maybe.

    I had witnesses, and did my homework on the matter and stumped the judge.
     
  29. Cheddar

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    Innocent until proven guilt pertains to criminal cases. Not traffic court.

    If you did everything properly and safely, why did you get pulled over?

    Bi-Gal: Anyone can go to plead for you. Lawyer, Family, Friend...etc. I believe you have to be there for the actual trial, and while they will make a few exceptions for you being out of town, the fact that you are moving will not help. They will just tell you that you have to come back.
     
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    Basically the cop was tailgating me and there was a car next to me. I accelerated, changed lanes in front of the car next to me (plenty of room) and changed lanes again to the off ramp I had to take.

    The cop flew after me and thought I was trying to get away from him for some reason but I was just trying to get to the off ramp to get to work. He was pissed and came back with this ticket.
     
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    hahahah.....nice :lol:
     
  32. Cheddar

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    First step:

    File for discovery so you can get his notes so you know what he says you did.
     
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    Working on this... I've been a little slack as the court date was a year and a half away from the first one. I've done some internet research but it appears I will have to go in to the court to find any real information on the proper procedures for obtaining this information.
     
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    Just call the court house and say "Hi how do I contact that crown? I'd like to get a copy of my speeding ticket". They will tell you who to call.
     
  35. hank

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    The courthouse is just down the road... I'll run down sometime this week :kekeke:
     

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