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