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Hello, I received a FPN for driving at 36 MPH in a 30 zone

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Hello, I received a FPN for driving at 36 MPH in a 30 zone on 6/12/13. I accepted this offer and completed the necessary paperwork returning this in the required timeframe with my cheque to the FPN office. Two weeks ago I received a refund direct to my bank of the £100 and at first had no idea what this related to as it came via the Ministry of Justice. Following phone calls to the Ministry, the FPO and the police I was informed that the FPN was cancelled as I had no enclosed my licence with the paperwork sent some months previously. I had no idea that I had made this error, I now have a scheduled hearing at the Magistrate Court on 2/7/14 and I am appalled that I will now have a criminal conviction for this offence. I have never been in court in my life, I have 1 other FPN which took place on the same road with the same camera which took place approx two months before this latest one. Prior to that I had a clean licence and the road in question is fairly steep which unfortunately means it is very easy to go above the 30 limit without realising. In the first instance I had pulled out to overtake a stationary bus and the acceleration had me at 38 mph when the camera was activated. I accepted a FPN and was given 3 points on my licence. My question is whether I should attend court in person and more specifically would this make a difference, I feel very strongly that I am a law abiding citizen, I accept that speeding is an offence but I feel the fact that I will end up with a criminal record for this far outweighs the action. Your advice would be most welcome. Thank you Ellen
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Traffic Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
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