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I had 9 points on my license. I went 36 in a 30 zone twice

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I had 9 points on my license .
I went 36 in a 30 zone twice in a 3 week period .
On 07/09/16 I attended court and got a 6 month ban for one of the two offences but I have a summons to appear in another court on 26/09/16 re the second offence .
Can they add another six months to my ban ?
Do I have to attend this hearing ?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 10 months ago.

No, it is a summons. You are not on bail. If you don't attend they will just deal with you in absence although obviously you should plead guilty to avoid costs.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 10 months ago.

They will just add a further three points to your nominal licence if you are banned already.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 10 months ago.

but there will be a fine and you obviously want to avoid paying trial costs.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have already pleaded guilty . Do I notify if I am not attending ?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 10 months ago.

Not if you have pleaded already.

Obviously this does only apply if you are still subject to a ban.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Can you clarify the last point please . I want to be sure that I will not significantly disadvantage myself by not attending .
Thank you
Expert:  Jo C. replied 10 months ago.

If you have pleaded guilty then they can't award costs against you other than the costs that would have applied if you were there.

If you are banned already then they cannot ban you again.

This is suitable for sentencing in absence.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Many thanks
Expert:  Jo C. replied 10 months ago.

no problem.

All the best.

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