No other points on my licence, I passed my test in July 2001.
Thanks for the prompt response. I've seen that the recommended sentencing guidelines make a disqualification highly probable. I see in your response you say 6 points or a disqualification, so it's either one or the other, but presumably fines will apply in both instances?
Sorry for all these extra questions;
Am I right to understand that the court cannot disqualify me from driving in my absence? - I have been given the option to plead guilty by post, so if I put a very persuasive case together in writing that I have an impecable record and am extremely sorry for this offence, that they might opt to go down the points route rather than re-schedule another hearing for me to attend?
The court paperwork has a proforma for the plea of mitigation with a box covering only about half a page to write in, i've seen online it is posisble to get these professionally written, any idea whether the court would object to me not using their form?
Would you be able to comment on a draft of my plea of mitigation?
Thanks for your assistance.
Apologies, it's the first time I have used this service and I thought that giving a rating would end the session?
Here is what I have drafted so far;
"This was an uncharacteristic misjudgement for which I am truly sorry. On the day of the offence, I was returning home late in the evening. I erroneously concluded that exceeding the speed limit on this particular short section of segregated carriageway, which does not run adjacent to a pedestrian footpath, and at the time of night had very low levels of traffic, would enable me to arrive home prior to midnight, as I was due to celebrate my birthday the following day.
In hindsight I fully accept the transgression I have committed, and cannot condone the speed at which I was recorded as travelling. Thankfully, no harm did result from my actions.
The heart sinking feeling of seeing the blue flashing lights appear in my rear-view mirror has itself been a stern lesson to me, and will definitely avoid me engaging in such behaviour again. I have prided myself on being a diligent and law abiding citizen; having held a driving licence for over 11 year with no other convictions, and can only again apologies for this offence.
Thanks again for all your assistance
Thanks again for the quick response. Hopefully I should have rated the previous answers as excellent? You've been really helpful and I am exceptionally grateful for your assistance.
Sorry - i'm back for a little more guidance...
From our previous dialogue it sounds like the plea of mitigation has it's limitations? I've seen it mentioned that including a "glowing" character reference from an Employer can be useful (I work for a large reputable organisation).
What are your thoughts about this and the value it would have in the courtroom?
From my perspective the court certainly havn't asked for one to be provided, (just the details of my mitigation and financial circumstances), and if it's not something they are going to really care about, I'm not relishing the prospects of walking into my bosses office and confessing to my extracurricular misdemeanour...
Thanks - I'm not getting my hopes up, only time will tell I guess!
All the best.