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:

Guide to 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. More serious offences are dealt with by arrest and charge.

The summons is the formal issuing of a prosecution in the Magistrates' Court, normally follows on from a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and will detail:

The summons will detail the summary facts. If you are alleged to have committed multiple offences you may find you receive more than one summons, though in practice all offences are often detailed on a single summons.

Once issued, the summons will be served on you, usually by post. It is acceptable to be sent to your last known address, so if you have moved and not informed the DVLA you will not know about the summons and will miss your Court date as a result. If this is the case the Magistrates have the power to convict in your absence or in certain cases issue a warrant for your arrest.

Do not ignore a Court Summons, and do not think of not showing up at Court. If you do either of these the Magistrates can issue warrant for your arrest and you may find yourself on the receiving end of a visit from the Police, as well as facing additional charges to the one(s) you were facing in the first place.

If you need information on a specific Magistrates' Court please use our Magistrates Court Directory or Crown Court Directory

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