He is pleading guilty. He was court in a speeding camera doing 36 in 30 limit. The speeding ticket was sent to an old address. The courts tracked him through me.
yes he was and does
Does the fact that the 3 points he already has on his licence were from a provisional licence make any difference to having his licence revoked ie he'll have just got 3 on his full licence if they give him 3 for this offence? Clutching at straws I know!
Thank you so much for your help.
Son appeared at Aldershot magistrates court yesterday, I was with him. Both very confused and dismayed by process, as neither have been in a court before. When he was asked how he peaded he explained that he was guilty of speeding but he had not received NIP as had not updated DVLA [explained he moved 4 months prior to speeding offence] They said 'ok so you are saying you are not guilty' They have set a trial date for April 30th. He wrote to the court yesterday [hard copy and email] explaining confusion at the situation..was he guilty with mitigating circs or not guilty as had not received NIP] Really unsure what we should do.
Should I get someone to represent him at the trial?
He can't, he's at uni, but if it made a difference I would find the money. I'm not sure how much its likely to be. I've seen on line solicitors offering a fixed cost service. If he had no legal represtative, does the court provide it?
Thanks I'll do some research. I am very grateful for your advice.
Just spoken to a couple of motoring claims specialists, one fixed fee £600 +vat, one £700 +vat. Fixed fee, letters and appearance if it came to it, both said ,as you did , they would try to get the original charge instead of the failure to produce id charge. My experience of barristers[divorce] is that they are incredibly expensive!
I have now been advised that if the speeding offence was more than 6 months ago the CPS will not drop the failure to disclose charge in exchange for the speeding charge, do you know if this is the case?
Ok, so he will have to accept the failure to identify charge, even though all this only came to light in September and he has been been cooperating since then. I paid a firm of solicitors 300 who said they'd write and pester the CPS and were confident they could get them to do it, they asked after the date of the offence till later. It sounds now as if he'll have to go back to court.