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Speeding is the most common driving offence, and depending on how much you were speeding by, as well as any other circumstances surrounding the alleged offence, it can carry penalties ranging from three points and a £100 fine to a disqualification for dangerous driving. While most speeding cases are dealt with by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice, it is your prerogative to ignore the FPN and go to court, and in cases where the addition of three points is not an option or because you are accused of speeding excessively, it may be necessary for the case to go to court anyway.
There are a number of defences that may be used, including those that are considered extremely technical, and for this reason, if you intend to challenge the case then you should consider using a professional and experienced driving offence lawyer, who will be able to help ensure that you have the greatest chance of a successful defence. Some cases can be very challenging, and if you attempt to defend yourself, then you may find that you lose the defence on technical issues rather than because you did not deserve to win.
Fixed Penalty Notices
A Fixed Penalty Notice is used as a quick and convenient means of dealing with what are considered minor driving offences. If you are alleged to have been speeding by only a small amount over the legal speed limit, and caught by a camera, then the first you know of it may be when you receive the fixed penalty notice or the request for driver details through the post.
Most speeding offences are caught by cameras of one sort or another. Whether it is a roadside camera or a mobile camera, there are certain steps that should have been taken when setting that camera up, and if these steps were not followed properly, then it means that you may be able to have your case acquitted before it really begins. This can mean a quick and satisfying solution to a case, and there are other similar technicalities that also exist.
If you have 9 points on your licence already, then you should not receive an FPN, but you should receive a court summons that demands you appear. Although it isn’t necessary to appear personally, because the courts will find for or against you even if you are absent while the case is heard, it is advised that you attend and that you have proper legal representation to help ensure that you have the best possible chance of a successful outcome.
Even a simple and minor speeding offence can have serious knock-on effects and additional consequences over and above the fine that you receive. Under current laws, if you receive a total of 12 points within a three year period, this means that you should lose your licence under the totting up procedure. However, a skilled motoring lawyer can help to avoid this, in some circumstances, either by successfully defending the original case or by arguing either special reasons or exceptional hardship.