Since 2003, the number of driving offences recorded has actually dropped but more than 2.7m offences were still recorded in 2009. 1.2m, or 44% of these incidents were speeding offences. Many drivers on the road today will receive a fixed penalty notice or face court action as a result of a speeding offence. Freeman & Co Solicitors are specialists in defending motoring offence cases and we could help you avoid prosecution, financial penalty, and disqualification.
In a speeding case, the onus is on the prosecution to prove that the driver did indeed commit an offence. This requires that the police prove who was driving, prove without doubt the speed that you were travelling, and they must also prove that the equipment used in the process was operating and being used properly. If your speeding offence solicitor can counter any of these arguments then it is possible that you will not face prosecution.
The police and courts take speeding offences seriously. If you are caught and do not contest the speeding ticket then you could face a fine of up to £2,500 and six points on your licence. Depending on the speed you were travelling and the circumstances surrounding the offence you could face disqualification for a period of seven days or more.
If your vehicle is seen speeding you will initially receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) along with a Section 172 notice. You will be asked to provide details of who was driving the car at the time of the offence. If there was photographic evidence of the alleged offence then you can ask for a copy of this to help identify the driver at the time of the offence. This is the time to act by calling our specialist driving offence solicitors.
Except under certain circumstances, the NIP must be served within 14 days. On return of the NIP you will usually receive an offer a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) although the police may choose to prosecute through the courts. The police intend to take court action then you will receive a summons detailing the time and date of your court hearing. Taking a solicitor that specialises in motoring offences can help minimise the chances of disqualification and large fines.
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