Here are answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here do not hesitate to contact SFC Paralegal Services.
The officer already reduced my traffic ticket at the time, can I still fight the ticket?
Yes, you can still fight your traffic ticket, even if the charge was already reduced.
If SFC Paralegal Services represents me, do I still have to go to court?
In most cases you will not have to attend court. Your paralegal representative can handle the case on your behalf. In some cases your representative may recommend you attend in order to provide evidence, but this will be discussed in consultation with you.
Can I fight a traffic ticket for speeding after being observed by the O.P.P. aircraft?
Yes we can fight all speeding traffic tickets whether the evidence is gained through pacing, LIDAR, RADAR or aircraft observations.
If the police officer does not show up for court does that mean my ticket is automatically thrown out?
If the officer does not attend for the trial and the court is informed of a valid reason why the officer cannot be in attendance, the Court can adjourn the trial to a new date when you and the officer can be in attendance.
The officer made a spelling mistake on my traffic ticket, does this mean it is no longer valid and it will be thrown out?
No, spelling errors on your traffic ticket can be amended by the Court.
I was charged with speeding but the speed the officer indicated on my traffic ticket is higher than the speed I was actually driving, can I fight this?
Absolutely, please contact us right away to see how SFC paralegal Services can fight your ticket.
How can I be sure that the radar is accurate?
Most officers no longer use traditional radar devices, and are more often equipped with laser devices. There are also many features, makes, and models of these devices (just as with radar units) making them arguably more accurate. However, each speed detection device has a margin of error. This is why it is important to challenge a traffic ticket. Contact us and we can see how we can fight your ticket.
I am a new driver, does this mean my penalty may be worse?
New/novice drivers are at a greater risk and upon conviction will receive “escalating” penalties, which are consequences that get stiffer with each similar offence contravened. New drivers face higher insurance premiums so it is important to fight your traffic ticket.
Can I fight a ticket for failing to wear a seatbelt?
Yes you can fight a seatbelt offence. Above the fine, any conviction for a seatbelt offence will remain on your driving record for a period of 2 years and will be visible to your insurance company for 3 years.
I do not like how the police officer treated me, and want to file a complaint. How will this affect my case?
If the complaint is about the conduct of the officer it is not relevant to the evidence against you. A complaint will not help your case. Complaints about police conduct will be a separate investigation from the charge against you. If you do not agree with the charges laid and the traffic ticket issued, this is something SFC Paralegal Services can help you with. Contact us today for a consultation about your case.
How will I know the status and progress of my case?
You will be notified of all significant details of the court process. You may also contact your representative at any time if you have questions or concerns.