How does this work?
We assist you from the beginning to the end of your case. All you need to do is send us a copy of your ticket, Notice of Trial, or any other documentation pertaining to your charge. In most instances, we do the rest without your attendance ever being required. Once we have your documentation, we will schedule your trial date if required and file your ticket with the court.
Our first step in defending you is to check the paperwork. A shocking number of cases are won based entirely on mistakes in the paperwork that was incorrectly filled out by the police officer that issued the ticket. In many cases, only a trained professional can identify these, often small, errors.
Next, we will make a detailed disclosure request to the prosecutor. We ask for very specific and important documents to be included in the disclosure package to make sure we have explored all avenues to defend you. Many cases can be won when the prosecutor is unable to fulfill their obligation to provide sufficient disclosure. The disclosure will include the evidence the prosecutor plans to rely on. Typically this will be documents like the officer’s notes, accident reports, witness statements, etc.
Once we have received everything we need, we begin to build your defence. Your defence will be specific to the facts in your case. We take into account what you have told us, the information in the disclosure, case law from previous decisions, our knowledge of the relevant law and statutes, and our past experiences to construct the best legal argument possible.
With your defence constructed, we are equipped to speak with the prosecutor on your behalf, and run a trial. We attend all of the hearings and resolution meetings pertaining to your case, and take all steps available to defend your interests. In most cases, you are not even required to attend court. We handle everything for you. We will let you know if your attendance will be likely to impact the outcome.
How long does it take?
Generally it depends on how busy the court is where the ticket was issued. On average, it takes 3-6 months, but in cities like Toronto, it can take more than a year. Remember though – you are innocent until proven guilty. Until it is decided whether you actually did commit the offence, your insurance rates should not be affected.
Will you keep me updated as my case progresses?
Yes. We routinely provide updates as your ticket moves through the court system.
Can I have Ticket Shield handle a traffic ticket on behalf of my friend or family member?
Yes. However, we do need the individual charged with the offence to sign our retainer agreement which authorizes us to defend him or her.