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Hello, I am due in court on 24th April for speeding offence – 51 in a 30 zone. I will be representing myself and this is my first offence of any kind and I can only describe the incident as a momentary lapse of concentration which I deeply regret. The road was a dual carriageway with a 30mph limit indicated by spacing of lighting. Traffic was moderate, weather conditions were fine and dry, and visibility was clear. There were no parked cars and no pedestrians in sight I intend to plead guilty to the charge and understand that there is a 6 point and possible ban as a consequence. I wanted to present the following points in mitigation but am unsure of the best way to present these? 1 This is my first ever speeding offence 2 I am a cautious driver and have held a clean driving license for 24 years with no Accidents deemed as being my fault 3 I very much regret that this has happened and it has sincerely XXXXX XXXXX awareness of speed restrictions 4 Receiving a ban would have serious impact as I’m separated from my wife but actively share in taking my two children to school and several evening activities - dance and drama classes and community radio project. 5 I also travel to work daily by car and may risk losing my job if unable to get to the office (although I’m aware that this in itself would likely not be considered)
what is the best way to present a plea of mitigation and could there be anything that is commonly mentioned that I have overlooked?
yes and also the best way to present the plea of mitigation in the best light to minimise points and hopefully avoid a ban
Thanks for your quick reply,
When I mentioned it was a dual carriageway with a 30 mph limit, it was not a temporary limit but the 30 mph sign is on an adjoining road (no 30mph signs on the dual carriageway I was on) However I do not want to say that I wasnt aware if the speed limit as I believe that could point towards 'lack of due care and attention' and I was aware that there is a 30 mph limit.
regarding point 4, would you recommend I still include this on the mitigation form and mention about possibly reducing the fine or would this look bad?