Speeding Tickets - Motoring Offences

Speeding could be thought of as one of the most common driving offences, and whilst just as serious, it is still possible you may have a defence.

Speeding Car

If you were not the driver, did not accept the speed recorded, thought signage was incorrect, the speed gun calibration had expired or the speed limit was invalid are all possible circumstances for a defence. Maybe requirements in relation to the Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) hadn't been complied with , thereby barring a conviction for speeding?

For you to benefit from the NIP scenario it is a requirement for someone to respond to the NIP. Failure to do so would result in a prosecution for failing to provide information as to driver identity rather than speeding.

Speeding and the law

With the increasing number of speed cameras and variable speed limits on Britain's roads and motorways, a small lapse in concentration could lead to a speeding fine or conviction. In most cases where a speeding ticket is involved, it's worth talking to a motoring offences solicitor as early as possible to see what your options are.

Speeding could have an extremely damaging effect on your life, regardless of it being a minor infringement, because you are at risk of “totting up” or you are accused of driving significantly over the speed limit. Losing your driving licence could lead to you losing your job, and losing your job could lead to hardship not only for you but also for your family.

To avoid situations like this, it is best to contact a solicitor who specialises in driving licence offences. We would also advise this as a course of action even if you have a clean licence.

The device used by the police to measure speed "the speed gun" can sometimes be used incorrectly, meaning that an alleged speeding offence does not need to lead to a conviction. It is the responsibility of the police and the prosecution to prove that the speed they recorded was reliable and credible.

In some cases, this is where the evidence falls apart, having the right legal representation can shut down any allegations of speeding and helping you to keep your licence.

Penalty on conviction

Depending on the seriousness of the offence, the number of penalty points varies from 3 to 6. The offence of speeding carried a maximum fine of up to £1000 (£2500 if the offence was committed on the motorway). In some of the most severe cases, the court can apply a disqualification depending on how serious the offence committed was.

What we can do for you

Don't let a speeding offence lead to a conviction or possible disqualification. Sometimes, what you think is a simple speeding offence that carries a few points could lead to a totting up scenario.

Speaking to a solicitor at the earliest possible point can help to put your mind at ease, and ensure the best possible case for your defence.


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Julie Robertson - Motoring Offences and Criminal Defence Solicitor - Manchester

Julie Robertson
Partner, Head of Motoring & Criminal Defences

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