With the huge increase in the number of speed cameras and the vast state resources available and dedicated to pursuing the motorist, it has never been more likely that you will be prosecuted for speeding.
Usually it will be alleged that you have been photographed committing the offence by a fixed police speed camera or on a police hand held device. Alternatively you may have been followed by a police officer monitoring your speed from his own vehicle.
Do not assume that photographic or police evidence cannot be challenged. It can. This is why you should instruct a specialist speeding lawyer. If you believe that any evidence is wrong, you should contact us immediately. To secure a conviction, the court has to be sure as to the accuracy of any evidence, that you were speeding. It is our job to closely examine any evidence that the prosecution intend to rely on to prove you were committing the offence. If this evidence fails to meet the required standards, we will argue before the court that there should be no conviction. Depending upon the speed alleged or the number of points on your driving licence this may mean you avoid a driving ban.
If you are to be prosecuted for speeding, or any other traffic offence you should receive, usually by post, a . This should set out the date, location etc of the alleged incident of speeding. If you believe you were not speeding or other traffic offence or wish to contest the allegation, you should contact us straight away. Given that you may be in danger of a driving ban or penalty points on your driving licence you should consult a speeding offence solicitor without delay.
In many cases a person will accept that they were speeding but will still require our help. Upon conviction for speeding you will receive between 3 – 6 penalty points and the court has the power to impose a driving ban at it’s discretion and a fine. This will obviously depend upon the circumstances of any speeding. There may be mitigating factors that may influence a court to minimisedsibsib41 any penalty such as the time of the speeding, road and traffic conditions and the speed involved.
There are also circumstances known as special reasons, where even though you accept you were speeding, it was due to for example an emergency and this caused you to exceed the speed limit. In such cases the court may be persuaded not to impose penalty points. Again in any such situation you should call us now.
If you do receive penalty points as a result of a conviction for speeding and the number of points on your licence reaches 12 or above, you are liable to receive a driving ban. This is known as ‘totting.’ In certain circumstances the court can be persuaded not to impose a driving ban. If you are in danger of totting, you should contact us without delay. In order to avoid a ban in such cases it will be essential to establish that a driving disqualification would cause you exceptional hardship.
The highway authority has the power to place temporary speed restrictions on all roads including motorways, for example when road works are being carried out. These temporary speed limits often give rise to prosecutions for speeding, as they may take the driver by surprise. The penalties for speeding in these situations are obligatory endorsement of between 3 – 6 points and disqualification is at the discretion of the court.