Speeding

Geoffrey Miller Solicitors are expert speeding offence solicitors and are usually contacted when drivers are accused of higher level speeding offences. We are often approached when drivers are potentially facing a totting up ban because they have attracted too many speeding points. In many cases Managing Director, Jeanette Miller, aka Miss Justice is the first person a motorist thinks to turn to where there is a point of principle involved in a speeding ticket case and our client is adamant they were NOT speeding.

If you are caught speeding but were merely travelling 31 mph in a 30 mph limit, whilst it is unlikely you will be facing a speeding ban, you could be convicted and receive 3 points and a fine if you decide to fight the case without representation from a Solicitor or with representation from a non-expert.

Our expert team of speeding offences Solicitors have achieved phenomenal success over the years in getting our clients off with speeding charges ranging from allegations of low speeds in the 30's normally attracting penalty points and a fine right up to allegations of speeds over 100 mph which involve the possibility of a driving ban.


What the Prosecution 'Must Prove' in a Speeding Offence Case

The basic rule with a speeding case is that a police officer can simply form an opinion that you were speeding if you were travelling on a motorway and this on its own could lead to your conviction. So the "speeding loopholes" you hear about in the news rarely apply to motorway cases. However where the alleged speeding offence did not take place on a motorway there must be evidence to corroborate an officer's opinion that you were speeding. This is where the speed guns, speed cameras and average speed detection devices come into play.


Police in the UK can use a variety of over 40 types of speed measuring devices to measure the speed of the motorist for the purpose of prosecution. The main categories of devices used are:

  • Speed cameras (GATSOMETERS)
  • Peek cameras. A smaller version of the GATSOMETERS.
  • Hand held laser and radar guns.
  • The VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) device. Used by police officers to calculate the average speed of a vehicle over a set distance.
  • The SPECS system. The use of a series of cameras over a set route which utilise automatic number plate recognition to calculate a vehicle's average speed.
  • Truvelo. An increasingly common form of speed camera device which relies upon road sensors to detect a car's speed.


All speed cameras and speed detection devices must be properly calibrated and used only by officers specifically trained in their operation. There are also strict rules governing when, where and how these devices should be used.


If the stringent operating requirements have not been met the Prosecution may be unable to prove a speeding offence.  Managing Director, Jeanette Miller, aka Miss Justice commented on this very problem in this BBC News article when Kent Police withdrew all of their speed guns from operation when they uncovered serious flaws in their procedures.

Signage

Many motorists think they have a defence when there are no speed limit signs in place and they have exceeded the speed limit because of a mistaken assumption that the speed limit is higher than it is for the relevant stretch of road. Unfortunately, this defence, which could be a valid one, is more often than not, unlikely to succeed with 30 mph speed limits due to a lesser known law about lamp posts meaning that no speed limit signs are required. Check out our blog on confused.com for more details.

 

Speeding Cases In The Media

Many of the speeding cases that our Solicitors defend are not reported in the press because we get our clients off by employing strategies that are not particularly newsworthy, or a client would rather stay out of the limelight. However, the cases of Colin Mattey and Brian Wiltshire were both very important because they exposed significant flaws in the speed camera detection equipment used by the police.


Colin Mattey – Found Not Guilty of Speeding Offence
The speeding offence case of Colin Mattey that involved the supposed "Rolls Royce" of speed detection devices, the Unipar SL700 resulted in a NOT GUILTY verdict because of issues with the calibration of the device used by the police.

Listen here to the BBC Radio 4 interview featuring senior partner, Jeanette Miller aka Miss Justice discussing the fatal flaw's in the Crown's case.


Brian Wiltshire – Found Not Guilty of Speeding Offence
The Crown Court Appeal of Mr Brian Wiltshire related to the very commonly used speeding laser gun, the LTI 20:20. See the elation on his face in this video we have of him when he came out of court having received the NOT GUILTY verdict for speeding! Like many of our clients, Brian knew he wasn't speeding and as a point of principle employed the team at Geoffrey Miller speeding offence solicitors took his case to the appeal courts when he was convicted at the Magistrates' Court. Our Solicitors discovered that the supposed experienced trained officer in the case had completely messed up his checking procedures making the laser gun totally inaccurate and the court accepted that the evidence of Brian's speed could not be considered accurate. The court specifically warned Preston police to improve their training procedures for police assigned to detect speeding motorists as a result of this case.


Punishment

Any speeding offence is punishable by way of a fine of up to £1,000, discretionary disqualification or between 3 – 6 penalty points. Please use our penalty calculator for a more accurate idea of the penalty you face for speeding.


Call Geoffrey Miller Solicitors now on Freephone 0800 085 2784 to speak to one of our specialist speeding offence lawyers


Pleading Guilty to a Speeding Ticket

If you want to plead guilty to a speeding offence then damage limitation is crucial. Geoffrey Miller Solicitors once succeeded in getting a client only 6 points when he was found guilty of speeding at 96 in a 50 mph zone. That is almost double the speed limit and would ordinarily result in a driving disqualification. Please take a look at our penalty calculator for more specific details of the penalty you could be facing for your speeding conviction.


Geoffrey Miller Solicitors offer a transparent and cost effective fixed fee "damage limitation" service for pleading guilty to a speeding offence. This is not your only option though so please keep reading or better still, call our specialist speeding ticket Solicitors right now by calling Freephone 0800 085 2784 to discuss your options free of charge! Our phones are manned 24 hours a day by real lawyers (not in a call centre) all of whom are experts in the fields of speeding tickets and UK motoring laws.


Pleading Not Guilty to a Speeding Ticket

If you want to challenge the prosecution, it is best that you get in touch with our Solicitors for a free consultation at the earliest point, even before your receive a speeding summons so that we can be ready to launch into action when the summons arrives. Speeding prosecutions can happen to the best of us. We are on speed dial for high profile clients such as sporting commentator, Viv Anderson, but we also act for other lawyers, barristers and at least one police officer has instructed us to defend their speeding offence case!

If you want to defend the speeding allegation, it may be possible to do this in your absence so you do not have the inconvenience of appearing in court. You may have vital evidence to give about the speed you believe you were travelling at and we can weigh up the pros and cons of you attending court when you contact us.


The costs of legal representation will depend on the type of speeding device the police were using to measure your speed and whether we need to involve an expert in your case. If we are successful in defending you, you will succeed in recovering a contribution to your costs from the court; these are typically between 80% and 100%.


Call Geoffrey Miller Solicitors now on Freephone 0800 085 2784 to speak to one of our specialist speeding offence lawyers
 

Speed Awareness Courses
 

In many cases, people who get in touch with us about a speeding notice are likely to qualify for a speed awareness course in place of any penalty points. This usually only applies to speeding offences where the speed alleged is relatively low. Most speed awareness courses are offered at the discretion of the police and different constabularies have different criteria for deciding when to offer a course. Take a look at the National Association of Driver Intervention Providers website for more information about whether a course could be offered to you in place of speeding points.

Speeding Loopholes and Myths
 

There are numerous valid and legal "loopholes" to avoid conviction in speeding prosecutions but you risk very severe penalties indeed if you think that naming someone else on a speeding notice is a minor "white lie." This is not a loophole but is in fact an offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Managing Partner, Jeanette Miller is a regular blogger on the confused.com site  writing about speeding loopholes and speeding offence defences and myths. For more information about what may work and what will defeinitely not help you, her blogs may be an eye opener but nothing beats picking up the phone and giving us a call about your own case.

Not Sure What to Do?

Most people who get in touch with our team of motor offence expert solicitors are uncertain of their options. They are unaware of any legal defences that may be available and find it difficult to believe that it might be possible to defend the speeding offence they face by using loopholes that apply to the rich and famous! We do represent celebrities but we also represent many hardworking motorists like Brian and we want to help you make the right choice about what you do next.

We are always more than happy to chat things through with potential clients Free of Charge. Call us now on Freephone 0800 085 2784 to speak to one of our specialist motoring offence solicitors. It is only once you decide to instruct us that payment will become necessary and we can often arrange instalment plans to assist you. Many satisfied clients have thanked us for offering this free consultation service as it has prevented them from following inaccurate non-expert advice which could have led to them accepting a driving ban unnecessarily.

If you would like to spend more time browsing on the site before you get in touch, make sure you have a look at our specialist motor offence guidance features such as our penalty calculator which will help you to determine the penalty you may face if convicted and our money saving calculator which helps to outline some of the hidden costs of accepting a conviction.

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