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.
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.
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
Being in charge of a vehicle when unfit due to drink or drugs
Where an individual deliberately withholds or provides misleading information
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
You are in an ever shrinking group of drivers. Keep the first penalty points off your driving licence
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.
One more slip and your driving licence is gone. You could face a 6 month driving disqualification
You are looking at a 6 month driving ban unless you come up with a convincing argument at Court.
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:
Do I have to accept the prosecution's evidence?
No, you are entitled to challenge the prosecution to prove the case against you. However, a lot of challenges can be very technical and we can deal with this upon your behalf.
What are Document Offences?
The police have the right to demand production of all proofs that you are legally entitled to drive your vehicle on the road where they can show that you have driven this. Where supervising a learner driver you can be required to produce a driving licence. Any police officer of any rank can require sight of your driving licence and traffic wardens also generally have the same power.
What happens if I can't produce?
If you do not produce within 7 days you have committed an offence. If you have good reason for not having produced them then that is a potential defence. You need to take advice, so contact us now.
The Penalty Points/Disqualification System
Various offences allow the Court to endorse your license with penalty points and you should check out our guide on this. The Court can also ban for almost any offence and you may lose your licence if you accumulate too many points.
Usually there will be a range of sentencing powers available to the Court and you should check out our <em> offence guides</em> for details of specific offences. The Court also has the power not to give points in appropriate cases. We can assist you in that respect to try and keep the sentence as low as possible, either arranging representation on the day or by written submission to the Court.
If I have got 12 penalty points will I always be banned?
This is referred to as totting and if the points tot up to 12 you are likely to be banned unless you can show you have exceptional mitigating circumstances for the Court to exercise its discretion otherwise. You almost certainly need legal advice.
What happens if I drive whilst disqualified?
Pack your toothbrush before you go to Court. Upon disqualification you are given a very clear warning as to what the consequences of driving whilst disqualified are, namely a maximum fine of £5,000.00 and up to 6 months imprisonment. You need help and should ring us for advice.
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