As a licenced paralegal specializing in traffic tickets for over 13 years, it’s my experience that many people are unwisely choosing an early res meeting over the trial date option, sometimes on the direct advice of court clerks or police. However, this is not the best choice if one is hoping to get the charge withdrawn fully. At an early res meeting, the officer isn’t required to attend court and you may not be able to review the court disclosure (officer notes) beforehand. In most cases the prosecutor may only be willing to offer a plea bargain to a reduced charge with less demerit points and/or a lowered fine. This isn’t in your best interest but it certainly is for the courts from a revenue perspective. If you choose the trial option and the officer fails to attend court or there proves to be a legal flaw with his/her notes, it will ultimately lead to a W/D of the charge. So, in essence, the early res option mostly benefits the courts, whereas, the trial option is the best way to deal with your charge with/without a legal defence in terms of getting the best overall outcome. To protect your legal rights you should always call Formula Traffic Tickets as soon as you receive a traffic ticket to ensure it is filed with the court properly and the correct actions are taken leading up to the trial date also.