Speeding Offences.

2 August 2012

Such offences are usually resolved by: attending a speed awareness course (at the discretion of the police) accepting a fixed penalty of 3 points and a £60 fine attending court for more serious offences or disputed cases Penalties 3-6 points on your driving licence Motorway speeding – fine of up to £2,500 Non Motorway speeding – fine of up to £1,000 In more serious cases where motorists are either 50% or 30mph above the speed limit an instant disqualification can be imposed. In these circumstances it is in your best interest to seek expert advice and representation. Caught Speeding by the Police You will more than likely receive a Fixed Penalty Notice, handed to you by the police officer at the time of the offence. Drivers usually accept responsibility without realising they still have the opportunity to dispute the offence should they wish to do so. In situations where the speed is more than 20mph in excess of the limit a Summons is recommended. This will be posted directly to you within a 6 month period of the offence taking place. A conviction can result in 3-6 penalty point and a hefty fine. For speeds that are 30mph or more above the limit, disqualification is recommended. Caught Speeding by Camera Speeding offences can be prosecuted on the strength of photographic evidence from speed cameras such as a gatso or similar devices. The owner of the vehicle will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution through the post. Most owners sign the form confirming that they were the driver almost guaranteeing a fine and penalty points, depending on whether the case is progressed by a Fixed Penalty Notice or referred to Court. There are alternatives so you should seek expert advice before acknowledging the Notice of Intended Prosecution. If you require advice in relation to any Motoring offence or other Criminal matter please contact our Crime team on 0845 5212999, or email criminal@gepp.co.uk, who will be able to assist you. The above is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.