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JGM, Solicitor
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Experience:  30 years as a practising solicitor.
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Hello , I recently was fined £100 fixed penalty for speeding

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Hello ,
I recently was fined £100 fixed penalty for speeding which I paid ,I however did not send my licence off as I didnt realize I had to.I have now had my payment refunded and told I will receive a court summons to appear in court on 13th aug ,I want to plead guilty and not go to court but will be away and need my licence whilst on holiday what are my options?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JGM replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question.

You should instruct a solicitor to appear in court for you and if necessary have the case continued for a personal appearance although your solicitor may be able to deal with the case in your absence given that the case only went to court because of your failure to include your licence in the response to the fixed penalty.

Hope this helps. You will have to pay a solicitor to deal with this but if you are not able to appear yourself you have no alternative. You do want to avoid an apprehension warrant at all costs.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Is there any chance they can change the date ?

I don't really want to incur the cost of a solicitor .

Expert:  JGM replied 3 years ago.
No, it requires an appearance to move for an adjournment.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

so if i plead guilty by post will i have to send my licence ?


Expert:  JGM replied 3 years ago.
Yes you will. Unfortunately, you will have to accept that this matter is more important than your holiday or other arrangements in respect that you have now been prosecuted and have been summonsed to appear before a court.

That is why I advise that you instruct a solicitor to seek an adjournment. If you don't want to do so or can't afford to do so then you will have to appear in person with your licence.

Because this was not dealt with properly at the outset, this now a criminal a court matter and you do have to give it the priority and gravitas that such proceedings bring. The consequences of not doing so could involve a warrant being granted for your apprehension and you would be better to avoid that if possible.