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Advice on Dealing with Speeding Offences
If you think you have been caught exceeding the speed limit, you may fear there is no way of mounting a defence against your charges. At JMW, our motoring solicitors understand just how serious the repercussions of being issued with speeding fines can be. If an offence results in a ban, it could also lead to job loss and a drastic change of circumstances.
That’s why it is advisable to seek legal advice from solicitors with years of experience in successfully handling cases relating to speeding tickets and fines. Our lawyers will do their utmost to keep your penalty to a minimum or fight to have the charges dropped altogether. To get in touch with our specialist motoring solicitors, call today on 0800 804 8159 or complete our online enquiry form.
If the prosecution is successful in proving its case, exceeding the speed limit is generally subject to fines of a maximum of £1,000, unless the offence took place on a motorway, in which case the maximum penalty is £2,500.
In addition, at least three penalty points will be added to your licence if you are found of guilty of speeding.
If the offence is particularly serious, or you have built up 12 or more penalty points within a period of three years, a disqualification could follow. For more information on this type of penalty and how you can defend it, take a look at our Defence Against Totting Up Disqualifications page.
The prosecution needs to show that a driver (or the defendant) exceeded a speed limit. If it can prove this, the prosecution will be successful in securing a speeding conviction. However, even if it appears that the prosecution has complied with all of their duties, a defence can still be raised. It may be that a complex point in expert evidence is raised or that an attendant at the scene in question will provide a defence to what appears a watertight case.
The driver’s defence is compiled by taking careful instruction and closely scrutinising the prosecution’s evidence, something we at JMW do in every case we take on. We also give careful consideration to the paperwork issued in the case. This is to ensure that the prosecuting authorities have complied with the requirements to give a proper Notice of
Intended Prosecution (NIP) within the prescribed period of the alleged offence.
If a speed camera captured your alleged speeding offence, we can offer advice to help you challenge and defend the accusations. For more information on speed camera offences, click here.
The majority of speeding offences bring with them a fixed penalty notice or speeding summons, which both result in a fine and penalty points being issued in line with the severity of the offence.
However, when defending clients against speed camera charges, we carefully analyse all of the available evidence and make use of a number of legal arguments that can help to overturn these punishments.
These arguments include:
- Has the correct procedure been followed by those operating the camera?
- Has the use of the equipment been approved by the secretary of state?
- Was the speed camera calibrated correctly?
- Was the reading a false one?
By looking closely into these arguments, our experts may be able to achieve a positive result for you in court.
The specialist solicitors here at JMW are well-rehearsed at advising you on how to deal with the relevant documentation and building a strong speed camera defence. We can help to either keep the likely punishment to a minimum or have the proceedings dismissed.