Speeding is an offence which most of us have either intentionally or unwittingly committed at some stage, however the potential consequences of a speeding conviction can be severe. Fortunately our expert speeding solicitors are on hand to guide you through this process, advise on your options and apply our specialist knowledge and experience to secure a phenomenal result in your case.
There are many defences available to an allegation of speeding; the functionality of the machine which measured your speed, the way in which the device was operated, the reliability of the officer’s opinion and many more. It is sometimes even possible to have the case against you withdrawn by relying on legal technicalities about the manner in which you were informed about the allegation.
If you are being prosecuted for a speeding offence and would like to discuss your case with one of our expert speeding solicitors, call our speeding offence helpline on 0330 33 22 770 for some Free Legal Advice that could save your driving licence.
The Law on Speeding Offences
To be convicted of speeding, some form of evidence must be provided. Typically, the evidence is obtained from a device, such as a fixed speed camera or handheld radar/laser gun. However, you could be convicted on the basis of one single police officer’s opinion if you were caught speeding on the motorway.
You must either be stopped by a police officer at the time of speeding, or the registered keeper of the vehicle must be made aware of the offence within 14 days via a notice of intended prosecution.
The consequences of a Speeding Conviction
If you’ve been caught speeding, then you face the following possible consequences:
- You may be invited to attend a speed awareness course
- You may be offered a fixed penalty of 3 points and a £100 fine
- If you were caught speeding significantly over the limit then you will be summonsed to Court and will face a harsher penalty of a fine of up to £1000 (or up to £2500 where the speeding took place on a motorway) and up to 6 points, or an immediate ban of up to 56 days.
Worse still, the potential impact of the extra points on your driving licence could result in you totting up 12 penalty points on your licence and leave you open to a 6 month ban from driving.
In some cases where the speeding is so severe, the Prosecution could consider laying an even more serious charge of Dangerous Driving, for which you would face an automatic 12 month minimum ban, extended re-test, and possible prison sentence. There is a very real possibility that the case could be sent to Crown Court. Our article on how a speeding offence could turn into a dangerous driving conviction explains.
For an in depth look at the exact guidelines which the Court will use when sentencing you, click here: Speeding – Sentencing Guidelines
Whether or not you accept that you were speeding, there is a a great deal that our expert motoring lawyers can do to help keep you on the road. Call one of our specialist speeding solicitors today on 0330 33 22 770 for some Free Legal Advice on your speeding allegation.
Guilty plea and mitigation service
At Ashworth Motoring Law, we give it to you straight, and will always tell you the quickest and easiest solution to your problem. If you accept that you were speeding and have been invited to attend a speed awareness course or offered a fixed penalty (and would not “tot up” or face licence revocation if you accepted it) then you probably don’t need our services and could deal with your speeding offence perfectly well by yourself.
If, however you have been summonsed to Court to answer a more serious allegation of speeding or face totting up or licence revocation as a result of the additional penalty points from this offence then we cannot stress enough how important it is that you engage the right representation to present your case to the Court.
At Ashworth Motoring Law our specialist speeding solicitors continue to secure truly amazing results in cases involving high speeds and have a true passion for keeping our clients on the road. Call our speeding helpline on 0330 33 22 770 to discuss how a phenomenal result could be achieved in your case. Our specialist case preparation and presentation could mean the difference between you walking out of court with minimal points or facing an instant ban of up to 56 days.
If you’re considering pleading guilty and would like to know more about how our guilty plea and mitigation service could give you peace of mind along with a more favourable result at Court, then visit our dedicated guilty plea page or call one of specialist solicitors on 0330 33 22 770 for some free initial legal advice. Lines are open round the clock, seven days a week, so get in touch whenever’s best for you.
Caution for new drivers!
If you passed your driving test within the last two years, then please take a look at our dedicated section for new drivers or call one of our specialist new driver solicitors today on 0330 33 22 770 to discuss the potential impact that a conviction for this offence could have on your right to drive.
Magistrates’ Sentencing Guidelines – Speeding
The Magistrates’ Sentencing Guidelines for speeding offences can be found here:
Call our Motoring Law Helpline for Free Legal Advice on your Speeding Offence from one of our Expert Speeding Solicitors
Our speeding experts are always happy to talk through your options and provide expert advice and guidance which could result in a phenomenal result in your case.