Speeding Offences in Dorset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire

Speeding offences are among the most common traffic violations for which motorists find themselves before a magistrates’ court.

Many drivers choose to represent themselves if they’re caught speeding, but there’s a risk you’ll end up with a heavier penalty if your case is poorly presented.

Our Barristers can help increase your chances of avoiding a driving ban for speeding and keeping penalty points and costs to a minimum.

Speeding Penalties

Penalties for speeding vary depending on where you were driving and how fast you were going, but you’re at risk of getting:
  • a speeding fine,
  • 3 - 6 penalty points, or
  • a driving ban of between 7 and 56 days.

If you’ve been stopped by the police for speeding they may either give you a fixed penalty notice or send the case straight to court.

If your vehicle was caught by a speed camera you can expect to get a notice of intended prosecution within 14 days. Ignore this and you can expect a summons to attend court.

What are Speeding Penalty Points?

The majority of speeding cases result in a Fixed Penalty Notice, which carries a speeding fine and 3-6 penalty points. The courts can ‘endorse’ your licence with penalty points for a wide range of motoring offences. Accumulating, or “totting up” 12 points on your licence within a three year period may lead to a “totting” disqualification, which may last up to 6 months.

If you’re facing a totting ban, a hearing will be arranged, where the court will make a decision on your disqualification. It is important to have proper representation before and during this hearing, to help you explore your options for avoiding this ban.

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Exceptional Hardship Arguments

If you can make the case that a driving disqualification will cause exceptional hardship to you or those around you, you may be able to avoid a driving ban. An exceptional hardship argument must show that a driving ban would cause suffering that goes beyond the normal difficulties any driver should expect if they lose their licence.

Exceptional hardship can include:
  • loss of employment,
  • inability to find employment,
  • loss of income,
  • inability to support a family,
  • loss of a home,
  • failure of a business, or
  • ill-effects on anyone who relies on you, including friends, family or employees.

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How Can Avoid A Ban Help?

The success of your case depends heavily on the skill, expertise, and knowledge of the individual representing you. Our Barristers are experienced in presenting exceptional hardship arguments throughout Dorset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire. We can help ensure that the magistrates understand the effects a driving ban may have on you, and those who depend on you.

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