If you dispute an allegation of speeding it can be successfully challenged, our Mr Sheridan’s 100% success rate in speeding cases taken to trial over the last 12 months proves that!
If you are guilty, then more often than not your driving licence may be at risk either due to traveling at grossly excessive speeds or due to existing penalty points putting you at risk of a totting up disqualification. With 100% of our Mr Sheridan’s clients who pled guilty to speeding within the last 12 months keeping their driving licence, if you chose us to represent you then you’re in safe hands either way!
The Penalties of Speeding
Speeding is an offence under Section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the penalties are as follows:-
- Between 3-6 penalty points
- Discretionary disqualification
If you are to challenge a speeding case it is important to note that these cases arguably require the expertise of a specialist road traffic solicitor more than any other offence, The evidence in these cases is often extremely complex and technical and as such an exceptional knowledge of road traffic law, the speed detection devices used by police and razor sharp court advocacy skills are absolutely key to success.
As you can see from the figures above we have what it takes to get you the result and our meticulous preparation of your case will ensure that any loophole or technicality in the evidence against you is exploited. Whether the speed detection used is the Unipar SL700, LTI 20/20 Ultralyte 1000, VASCAR, Prolaser or a calibrated speedometer we will investigate whether the device was calibrated and tested for accuracy and whether the police followed the correct procedures. Amongst other investigations we will also investigate the enforceability of the speed limit by checking local road orders and examining the signage at the locus and give you access to Scotland’s best expert witnesses such as former road policing offers to strengthen your case if required.
If pleading guilty to speeding or if you have been convicted after trial the level of speed will be the main factor which will determine the level of penalty imposed. However, if you are looking to limit the damage to your driving licence we can provide a comprehensive and bespoke plea in mitigation to the court on your behalf. We will use or extensive experience and expertise in road traffic law to ensure the court are fully aware of the potential consequences that the penalty could have on you and will use the most recent case law to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome.
When assessing your case we will call upon our extensive knowledge of Scotland’s courts which will prove invaluable. With the discretionary sentencing powers that the courts have in relation to speeding offences the penalties for similar speeds can differ from one court to another. For example Dumfries Sheriff & Justice of the Peace Court and Lanark Justice of the Peace Court may impose different penalties for a very similar offence and so a knowledge of the courts and knowing when to plead guilty can be the difference between retaining and losing your driving licence.
If you are facing a speeding charge then get in touch immediately for a free consultation from our award winning road traffic lawyer, call 01421 465 3333 Now!