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I can absolutely help with that.
In Alberta, the Law Society maintains a Lawyer Referral Service which will connect you with three lawyers in your area selected specifically for your needs. Through this service, you will be entitled to a free consultation with each of them, so there is no cost to you to check them out and decide who you want to go with
1-800-661-1095 is the toll-free number for them
You may also want to have a look at your local yellow pages under Traffic Ticket defense companies. There are a number of them
On looking myself, I see that there is one which employs former police officers, traffic specialists, former provincial prosecutors etc.
They indicate that they also provide a free consultation and they'd likely be less expensive than hiring a lawyer, as these people are often paralegals or "agents" who are able to appear on your behalf,
This doesn't always mean they aren't as good as a licensed lawyer, as they do this stuff all the time and have diverse backgrounds.
One thing you'll want to ask about is their relationship with the prosecutors, as any lawyer or agent you hire should have a good and fair working relationship with the prosecutor
If they don't have a good relationship or don't get along, then it's less likely that the prosecutor would be open to resolving the matter and this could cost you $, time and a potential conviction
people will say that prosecutors should treat all matters equally, however practice has shown that lawyers or agents who don't have a good relationship with, or make things difficult for the prosecutor or don't concede things they should, generally have a difficult time getting the prosecutor to do the same for them... That's human nature
Please let me know if you require anything else at all as I am happy to chat further
Thanks for the information. I will try calling the number you provided tomorrow or else I will try the traffic defense company.
Thanks for your help! Tom Douglas