What happens if an officer makes a mistake on a ticket? Obviously, an important question to be asking, and there are in many cases mistakes that are made on these tickets. Some of these mistakes are irrelevant to a defence so they’re irrelevant to you and they can mislead you and you could end up putting your energy in the wrong spot.

There are only a certain number of mistakes on a ticket that are considered fatal. What I mean by that is when you’re charged with a ticket here in Ontario, minor mistakes or many mistakes can be fixed by the Crown attorney or the prosecutor simply making a motion to amend that certificate.

Certificate is the ticket to correct that particular mistake. And the reason for that lies in the Provincial Offenses Act itself. Sections 34 through 38 allow a very wide range of powers for the Crown or prosecutor to amend those tickets. The purpose of all of that is so that the actual facts of the case get before a judge so the judge can decide what’s important and what’s not.

They want to hear the facts of the case, so another way of saying all that, to be clear, is that these are not tickets of technicality. These are not issues that the court wants to concern itself with a mistake and have it thrown out. It’s not to say that it doesn’t happen, and it’s not to say that I’ve not found on many occasions mistakes that simply cannot be corrected.

There are a few But most importantly that stuff is not what we want to focus on too, too much, unless I know to a certainty we can bounce that ticket out of the courtroom. That being said, if you have a concern, if that’s something you’re not sure of, I would suggest you take the time to consult with OTD Legal and find out what’s there to help you and what’s not.