Can I Fight a Bylaw Charge?
In Many Circumstances a Bylaw Charge Can Be Fought Similarly to the Process In Which a Traffic Ticket May Be Fought. Of Course, There Are Never Guarantees For a Sure Win; However, Diligent Review of the Evidence and the Applicable Law May Reveal a Strong Defence Strategy.
A Helpful Guide On How to Determine Whether to Fight Municipal Bylaw Charges
Some people will say, "You can't fight City Hall!" Of course, this is untrue; however, without skilled legal representation such as assistance from SPPC and DefendCharges.ca, fighting city hall can indeed be a very difficult uphill battle.
Examples of cases involving municipal by-law offences which SPPC and DefendCharges.ca may be able to provide legal help include:
- The erecting of signage without a permit, see: R. (City of Hamilton) v. Ellis, 2010 ONCJ 217;
- The improper cutting or removal of trees, see: R. (County of Elgin) v. Nirta, 2012 ONCJ 629;
- The operating of a taxi without a license, see: R. (City of Toronto) v. Rainal, 2006 ONCJ 335;
- The operating of a business contrary to proper zoning, see: R. (Municipality of Chatham-Kent) v. Benoit, 2004 ONCJ 446; and
- The permitting of, or failure to prevent, touching between patrons and exotic dancers, see: R. (City of Toronto) v. Zanzibar, 2007 ONCJ 4012
With literally hundreds of by-laws applicable within each Ontario municipality, keeping up with all the various by-law offences can be next to impossible; accordingly, if you, or your business, is charged with a by-law offence, hire SPPC and DefendCharges.ca for your representation.
SPPC and DefendCharges.ca fights by-law charges for clients located in Toronto, Niagara Falls, Welland, St. Catharines, Whitby, among other places!
Defence Options Available to Fight a Traffic Ticket
(Plea of Guilty)
Paying a traffic ticket is never recommended as payment of the fine will be accepted as an automatic admission of guilt. This will result in a conviction on your driving record for the charge as laid and you will suffer the full consequences which may include demerit points and/or a driver’s licence suspension. Novice driver’s beware!
with the Prosecution
Meeting with the prosecutor is never recommended as you will not be able to obtain a copy of the evidence prior and you will not know the strength of the case against you. While there may be some form of reduction offered, there is usually little chance to secure a withdrawal regardless of your explanation which will likely do more harm than good.
Your Best Option
Requesting a trial date is always recommended so that you may request and receive a copy of the evidence. Only then will you truly be able to determine the strength of the case against you and any possible defences. Choose DefendCharges.ca to defend you at trial and increase your chances of winning.
Quick & Easy Retainer Process
Contact DefendCharges.ca to obtain your free fifteen (15) minute consultation, a legal representative will review your circumstances, and explain your options for defending your matter. Consideration will also be given to your driving record and/or history of any past offence(s), as well as the potential consequences of a conviction.
DefendCharges.ca will obtain a copy of your driver’s licence or other government issued identification, a copy of the charging document(s), and details of the alleged offence(s) as well as any other information that you deem relevant.
DefendCharges.ca will forward a retainer agreement to you wherein the fees for legal services are outlined along with payment arrangement options as well as the nature of our relationship including our obligations to each other.