We have years of experience of successfully defending speeding offences.
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*From 2018 we reduced 96% of our clients potential sentence based on sentencing guidelines used by the Court
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Our specialist team of speeding solicitors have years of experience successfully defending speeding cases. Call our team today for free initial advice on 0800 999 5535 or submit your case and we will call you back
Speeding offences are the most common form of road traffic offence, with over 40,000 people a year summoned to court.
If you have been caught speeding the minimum sentence you can expect is £100 fine and 3 penalty points on your licence, in more serious cases you can be disqualified altogether.
While most speeding cases are settled by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice, it is your prerogative if you want to ignore this and attend court. If you were speeding excessively then it may be necessary to go to court anyway.
Defending a Speeding Case
Challenging a speeding charge can be a risky strategy and can see the cost of your fine escalate. On average, only 1 percent of speeding offences are actually challenged and of these challenges only about half are actually won. Having the right legal representation is essential when trying to secure a positive outcome.
There are many technicalities that can undermine a speeding charge. An experienced driving offence lawyer fully understands the intricacies of the process that should be followed in bringing a case to court. If this process has not been fully adhered to then this may provide an opportunity to undermine the prosecution’s case.
If this is your first offence, and you are planning on pleading guilty, the Magistrates Court will refer to the sentencing guidelines before passing out any penalty.
|Speed limit (mph)||Recorded speed (mph)|
|Band C||Band B||Band A|
|20||41 and above||31 – 40||21 – 30|
|30||51 and above||41 – 50||31 – 40|
|40||66 and above||56 – 65||41 – 55|
|50||76 and above||66 – 75||51 – 65|
|60||91 and above||81 – 90||61 – 80|
|70||101 and above||91 – 100||71 – 90|
|Sentencing range||Band C fine||Band B fine||Band A fine|
|Points/disqualification||Disqualify 7 – 56 days OR 6 points||Disqualify 7 – 28|
days OR 4 – 6 points
The majority of Band A fines will equate to half of your weekly wage. This fine could change at the court’s discretion depending on a number of factors: reducing seriousness, such as a genuine emergency or increasing seriousness, such as previous convictions.
|Speeding Fine Band||Starting Fine Percentage of Weekly Income||Range|
|Band A fine||50% of weekly income||25 – 75% of weekly income|
|Band B fine||100% of weekly income||75 – 125% of weekly income|
|Band C fine||150% of weekly income||125 – 175% of weekly income|
Should I drive to Court?
This depends on your plea: Yes, if you are pleading not guilty. No, if you are to be sentenced for an offence that carries a mandatory disqualification.
Our advice is that anyone who faces the possibility of a period of disqualification, no matter how small, should not drive to Court.
The Police Officer said that if I instruct a Solicitor I can avoid a disqualification, is this true?
This can be true in a lot of cases, however, if it is your intention to plead guilty to an offence that carries a mandatory period of disqualification, then the Magistrates have no discretion not to impose a period of disqualification.
I really need my car for my job, will the Court let me keep my licence?
If you are facing a disqualification for accumulating 12 penalty points or more (‘totting up’) or facing a sentence that carries a discretionary disqualification, then it is possible to persuade the Magistrates not to disqualify you. However, if you are to be sentenced for an offence that carries a mandatory disqualification, like driving with excess alcohol for example, then these types of offences carry a mandatory disqualification and the Magistrates have no discretion. In those circumstances you will only avoid a ban if your case is successfully defended after a not guilty plea.
Do you cover cases on Legal Aid?
No. All our cases are on a private paying fixed fee basis. We will tell you what your exact fees will be before you engage us. We cover Courts throughout England and Wales. Only general Criminal Defence Solicitors (not road traffic specialists) based in an area close to where your Court case is, will have a Legal Aid Contract. You may not be eligible for Legal Aid in any event. The two tests for whether you are eligible for Legal Aid are
- Whether you are financially eligible
- Whether it is in the interest of Justice for you to receive Legal Aid for the offence that you are due to appear before the Court for. For almost all road traffic matters you will not be eligible for Legal Aid as for a lot of cases the Sentence is a financial penalty and either penalty points or a disqualification.
Will I have to say anything in Court?
Once we are instructed by you, we will advise you of the precise Court procedure. If you are pleading guilty to an offence, then you will only have to confirm your name and enter your plea. We will present the mitigation on your behalf.
If you are pleading not guilty, you may have to give evidence at your Trial, but you will be guided by Millars Solicitors.
What are my chances, can you give me a percentage?
We would not give a client their chance of success in a percentage. We would not give a client their chance of success in a percentage, as this is not realistic. We provide all clients with a comprehensive assessment of their case and we are instructed on the basis that the client has been advised of their chances of success.
Will the Police or witnesses be in Court?
Try our interactive speeding fine calculator to get an estimate of the type of fine you can expect.
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About Keep My Driving Licence
Keep My Driving Licence is part of Millars Solicitors who are a specialist firm of road traffic and drink driving solicitors who represent motorists all over the country.
Formed by Carl Millar, Millars Solicitors has adopted his dogged tenacity and exacting technical understanding of motoring law. Before starting Millars Solicitors, Carl has been employed as the Head of Department at some of the most high profile Motoring Law Firms in the country. He is a member of the Society of Motoring Lawyers and has an enviable nationwide reputation for the results he gets for his clients.
Through representing a wide range of people you will find Carl and his team very approachable and never judgemental. Their advice is straightforward and will leave no stone unturned in pursuing all available defences in presenting your case.
If you have been caught drink driving you can contact Carl today on 0800 999 5535 or your can send a confidential email by clicking here. If you need to speak to a drink driving solicitor out of office hours than please call the 24 hour emergency line on 07855 806119.