Speeding offence defence solicitors in Surrey:
What should I do?
Call us! These cases may look like a simple matter where speaking to a lawyer is of limited benefit but we would suggest you call us for a free initial chat as there are some situations where you may have a defence or your licence is at risk of disqualification due to the speed or as a totter, exceeding 12 penalty points .
Most people ask us to represent them in these cases to make the whole thing as stress free as possible and avoid having to say too much themselves .
It is rare that there is a technical or procedural error which affords a defence so despite the fact we will look at this we warn you against websites promising this and charging large fees.
Speeding offences are a breach of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, s.89(1)
They are triable only summarily which means they can only be tried in a Magistrates Court.
The maximum penalty is a fine but you will also get points and a possibly a ban from driving depending on how far over the speed limit you are doing.
A disqualification or ban can be somewhere between 7 and 56 days for the offence itself, or as a penalty points totter if you receive between 3 and 6 points and this takes you to 12 points or more on your licence
The most common outcomes following the guidelines are:
|Speed Limit||Actual speed||Penalty|
|30mph||41-50mph||Disqualify 7 to 28 days or 4-6 points|
|30mph||51 and above||Disqualify 7 to 56 days or 6 points|
|70 mph||71-90mph||3 points|
|70 mph||91-100 mph||Disqualify 7 to 28 days or 4-6 points|
|70 mph||101 and above|
Advice on defences and mitigation
You may therefore need advice about saving your driving licence by arguing that there is an “exceptional hardship” argument or how to keep the amount of points to the minimum depending on whether there are aggravating or mitigating features in your case.