I’M GUILTY ANYWAY – DO I NEED A LAWYER TO REPRESENT ME IN COURT?

A 17 year old with no previous convictions was sentenced to detention for seven days for driving after his license had been suspended as a result of his having not paid a fine for parking on a yellow line! That penalty was appealed to the Supreme Court which found that the youth should never have been charged with the offence that the police were relying upon. The Court noted that a person who drives when their licence is suspended for non-payment of fines cannot be imprisoned. The youth did not have a lawyer representing him when he pleaded...

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