Speeding Ticket?

The most common instance where Notice is served is an NIP for speeding. There is an NIP time limit that applies of 14 days from the offence. However, how this is calculated will depend on how the notice is given. Don't wait until it's too late. Call Motor Defence Solicitors now, on 0800 2800 912, for a fixed fee consultation with a specialist solicitor.

Court Summons?

A summons, for offences such as speeding, careless driving, drink driving etc...is issued in the Magistrates' Court, although the case may then be transferred to the Crown Court.

Careless / Dangerous Driving

Your driving fell below that expected of a competent driver or driving a vehicle on a road or in any public place dangerously or in a dangerous condition

Drink Driving

Being in charge of a vehicle when unfit due to drink or drugs

Failure to provide

Where an individual deliberately withholds or provides misleading information

Speed Camera Devices

Systems used in the UK are generally type approved and require regular calibration. You are likely to come across the following types: Cameras, Laser, Radar, Stopwatch, Video. Some of the more common devices used include the Gatso, LTI2020, Vascar, Truevelo. For more detailed information on the individual devices, please click here

Penalty Points?

0 Points

You are in an ever shrinking group of drivers. Keep the first penalty points off your driving licence

3-6 Points

If you got your full driving licence less than 2 years ago you are on the verge of revocation and re-test. Insurance premiums start to rise.

9 Points

One more slip and your driving licence is gone. You could face a 6 month driving disqualification

12 Points

You are looking at a 6 month driving ban unless you come up with a convincing argument at Court.

Stopped by the Police?

The Police can stop you by the road if they suspect an offence has occured. You will usually be given a Fixed Penalty Notice (NIP), HORT1 Producer or depending on the offence, be arrested and taken to a Police Station. Typical offences within this scenario include:

Tips for Going to Court - Do's and Dont's

The most important thing about a case is preparation. The following are important guidelines:


Treat the police and the Court with respect.

Speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after receiving a notice of intended prosecution to enable them to help you fully. Delay and you may find yourself convicted when this could have been avoided or punished more harshly.

Make sure that you will have a properly instructed representative at Court who will show up 30 minutes in advance of the hearing time to have a proper discussion with you before going into Court and arguing your case.

Dress smartly when going to Court, to show you take the matter seriously.

Ring the Court if you are running late to let them know.


Turn up at Court late, looking scruffy or without the right paperwork. Your approach affects their perceptions of you and the wrong paperwork could mean you have to pay additional costs or a worst case scenario would be either immediate prison or a refusal of an adjournment, meaning you would be convicted.

Think that you can show up at Court, have a 2 minute conversation with your lawyer and then expect them to be able to do the best job possible. Sometimes even lawyers have to check the law and the evidence!

Assume that you are entitled to Legal Aid or that you can get a lawyer when you turn up at Court.

Fail to attend or ring if you are running late. They have a serious sense of humour failure and may send a police officer round to lock you up.

Read our Offence Guides if you are going to court for speeding or going to court for drink driving

Don't wait until it's too late. Call Motor Defence Team now, on (0800) 2800 912, for a fixed fee consultation with a specialist barrister or solicitor.

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