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For any traffic violation, there are two types of traffic fines defined in the Criminal
Mailed in the post, this fine is sent to a motorist for violations caught on camera or for traffic tickets issued in absence of the motorist. This serves as a first notice before summons (i.e., a court date to appear). A second notice will be sent before the summons is actually issued. After the second notice, one has another 30 days to pay, or to contest the fine in writing, before the matter goes to court. In total, you haveapproximately 3 months to pay a Section 341 ticket – but note the time periods varyper municipality.
In the case of minor offences such as speeding fines, licence offences, illegal parking and the like are normally within the category of Section 341/Schedule 3 offences. There is no prosecution for the matter and therefore no criminal record upon payment by the offender.
Issued to you by a traffic officer, generally for a moving violation. It has a court date on it where you need to appear. There is about 30 days to pay before your case goes to court. This may give you the option of paying an admission of guilt fine to avoid an appearance in court – in which event Section 57 would apply.
An admission of guilt fine is paid with or without an appearance in court, and thereafter you will end up with a “deemed” conviction and thus criminal record. An admission of guilt fine is offered for less serious offences and thereafter does not require the offender to appear in court. This option is often viewed as a convenient or
‘Easy way out’ opposed to spending the night in a jail cell or having to appear before court. The consequences thereof are that the offender pleads guilty to the offence and acquires a criminal record once a formal docket is opened and fingerprints obtained. This particular record remains valid for 10 years.
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