Speeding Offences

Typically arising from excessive speed triggering a speed camera (fixed or mobile) or a hand-held device operated by a police officer, speeding offences will involve either a fixed penalty notice or a court appearance.

Accepting the fixed penalty notice or being found guilty in court will typically incur between 3 and 6 penalty points (or the alternative of attending a speed awareness course) and a fine appropriate to the scale of the offence. Possibly with disqualification and loss of driving licence.

If you already have penalty points on your licence you might be at risk of disqualification under the penalty points totting up procedure, the courts might be willing to allow you to retain your licence provided you can show that it would lead to exceptional hardship. This could include the loss of your employment and the disastrous effect this would have on your livelihood and family.

A court appearance will allow the driver to contest the evidence of the speeding offence, whether the level of excess speed alleged to be involved or the allegation of speeding itself, and defence will generally be focused on the correct identification of the person driving, the correct procedures being followed or the proper use and calibration of equipment used.

The success of a court appearance will depend on the driver’s ability to contest these specific and complex areas of evidence, making expert and experienced defence essential if the driver is to achieve a not guilty verdict or to at least limit the severity of the penalty.

If you are facing the possibility of a court appearance to contest a speeding offence notice and need to keep your licence, at the very least you need to speak to one of our road traffic lawyers who will advise on your chances of a successful defence and represent you effectively when the time comes.

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