Speeding offences

Speeding offences are defined in law as exceeding the prescribed speed limit whilst driving.

When drivers are found guilty of speeding offences the penalty normally consists of a fee (up to £1,000) as well as three to six penalty points endorsed on the offender’s licence. The endorsement is labelled SP30. On occasion the offence may also lead to a disqualification.

If you want to dispute a speeding offence, call us and we will put you in touch with an expert and recommended motoring offence lawyer to handle your case professionally.

Speeding offences

A fixed penalty notice will deal with most speeding offences. These notices will arrive in the post up to 14 days after the alleged speeding incident. You have 28 days to accept the notice, most likely meaning:

  • Three points on your licence and a £60 fine
  • Dispute the notice, which will usually mean a court appearance

More serious speeding offences could mean you will receive a speeding conviction. The police will have arrested you, and then given you bail before your court appearance. A speeding conviction will usually only come before a court if the speed you were doing was very high, or you caused serious injury or death as a result of your excessive speed.

Your case will usually appear before a magistrate’s court. You must appear at the court at the stated time and date. If you do not, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest. You do not need legal representation in a magistrate’s court, but if you are accused of a serious offence having a solicitor to represent you will ensure you always receive a fair hearing.

You should have detailed documents about your case that your solicitor can use as part of your defence.

Speeding convictions

A speeding conviction can mean that you:

  • Receive a fine
  • Have penalty points (called endorsements) put on your licence
  • Are banned from driving your car for a fixed period of time

The possibility of disqualification usually becomes a factor when the driver is caught speeding 30mph over the speed limit, and depends on other factors such as road condition, traffic, visibility and weather.

A speeding conviction could also mean the more serious offence of vehicular manslaughter. This conviction is for anyone that causes the death of an individual with a motor vehicle. A speeding conviction of this type can also often include other elements such as:

  • Drink driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs

If you are accused of vehicular manslaughter, the support and advice of a solicitor is absolutely essential. You should not attempt to handle a case like this yourself. This kind of offence must be handled by a qualified solicitor that will also be able to put you in touch with a barrister should your case require this.

Contact a solicitor as the earliest opportunity about your possible speeding offence. You will then give your case the best chance of a positive outcome.

Do you want to dispute a speeding offence which has resulted in a fine, penalty points, or worse? Caven can put you in touch with a specialist motoring lawyer who can help you contest the matter. Please call us on 0800 046 1464 or complete the web-form above.