Yes, I will plead guilty to not stopping, but will plead NOT guilty to driving without due care & attention.
I did not cause the accident.
No. The solicitor said do not respond to the Summons, not even by post. Instead, I have been advised to just attend the summons hearing date and he will be there too. I am concerned about not responding to a summons.
The options on the summons (Refering to both offences) state - Guilty by Post, Guilty at Court, or Not Guilty. In addition to this, it asks me if "I will be attending the court on 4th August - yes or no".
It appears that I have no option to plead 'Not Guilty' by either post or in court to one of the offences. The other offence I can plead guilty to by post / in court.
So, which is it?
So, it is okay not to reply to the summons.
What would happen then, if I don’t reply to the summons, then turn up on the court date on 4th August, would the 2 charges against me be entered as guilty, or not guilty? (I plead guilty of not stopping but not guilty of driving without due care & attention).
Would the court date still happen on 4th August if I do not reply to the summons?
Can you please clarify what you mean when you wrote ‘…If you don't do one of the other, the court will just direct a not guilty plea and either deal with the matter on the day or adjourn it for trial. If you want a trial then that is all very well but since you intend pleading guilty on at least one matter I'm not sure what the purpose that is being served is here. All it will do is rack up costs against you…’
I don’t understand what you are saying here. Can you explain this more clearly? Thanks.
1. So are you saying in your third point that if I don't turn up to the court date and if I don't reply to summons, the court will enter a 'not guilty' plea and the case arranged for another day for trial?
2. So are you saying that it is cheaper for me to just turn up on the day of the summons, inform the court of my pleas with my solicitor and the case will be dealt with there and then? Is that what you meant by saying it would increase my costs if I asked for the trial to be adjourned at a later date instead of the 4th August?
3. Is it cheaper to ensure the case is dealt with on that day?