I hate fees and tickets and fines (especially since I did not earn them). If I did a crime I should do the time or pay the fine (no more rhyming I swear)!
Here is what happened.
I live in downtown Victoria, BC and my wife and I were going to a parenting class (prior to our daughter’s birth). I parked in a zone that was under construction and said no parking between 8 AM and 5 PM. I received a ticket and decided instead of paying the automatic $25 fine I would fight this (I was in the right).
My court date was in September and prior to the appearance, the traffic officer asked if I wanted to plead guilty because he didn’t know how long and my position in the string of cases read.
I said thanks but no thanks and proceeded to listen to the rest of the cases.
Wow! About 1/2 the people pleaded their case and received a lower fine and others refused to cooperate with the officers and others had such interesting cases that they tried to get out of (one person tried to get out of a $500+ ticket because the officer wrote his birthdate MM/DD/YYYY instead of DD/MM/YYYY).
I basically told my case and the judge awarded me the case (I had to draw a map and I had a witness – my wife) and told them about my experience living in the area (I know where I can and can’t park).
It was great!
How I won:
1. Be prepared.
Have all the information about the street and the day and event. Address the judge as your honour.
2. Understand that you have to be patient.
Most people would have just taken the fine but I was willing to wait out the officer and was confident.
3. Be confident.
I had my speech prepared and I even cross-examined the officer (out-lawyered him) so I showed the judge and the court that I knew that I was talking about.
Has anyone else had to go to court before for a court case?