On 12 March 2015 new subsections of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) were introduced which have now done away with the £5,000 cap that used to limit the maximum fine that Magistrates could impose on offenders.
Magistrates have now been given new powers to impose sterner penalties on those that have committed “level five” offences. The fines are still means assessed. Therefore, it allows for sterner punishments for particularly wealthy offenders and enables for more proportionate fines to be handed down to offenders that have the financial capability to pay larger penalties.
With the new provisions just coming in this month, we have outlined some of the most common questions we expect they will raise for anyone facing a serious motoring offence and how this could affect them: