Speeding is perhaps the most likely road traffic offence a driver may commit. Whether a driver has recently passed their driving test or been driving for many years, it is easy to lose track of a changing speed limit.
The Court Process for Speeding Offences
Often if a driver activates a road traffic camera due to speeding, they will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution. If they accept that they were driving at the time, they will often be offered a fixed penalty and three points endorsed on their licence. However, sometimes a driver is not eligible for a fixed penalty and may be summonsed to attend Court. This may be because the vehicle was travelling too fast for the driver to be eligible, or the driver already has too many points on their licence and is at risk of losing their licence due to “totting up.”
The Potential Consequences of a Conviction
Assuming that the speed camera involved is properly calibrated, and the speed limit is properly designated and signposted, there may be little a driver can do to challenge the allegation of speeding. However, if their licence is at risk it may be important to take legal advice from a specialist motoring barrister or solicitor. A specialist road traffic lawyer will be able to advise you about exceptional hardship or special reasons arguments, which may allow you to keep your licence.
The most important thing is that you discuss your case with someone who will give you clear, objective advice based on your individual case. If you want to discuss whether we can represent you at court for a speeding offence or any other court matter, contact us to see how we can help you.
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