CHANGES TO GUIDELINES FOR SPEEDING OFFENCES

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has issued new guidelines to Magistrates for offences of serious speeding. This means that drivers could face harsher fines if caught speeding. The current guidelines mean that Magistrates calculate fines based on up to 100% of a persons income, but the new guidelines increase this calculation to 150% of a person’s income.

The maximum penalty the Magistrates can impose has not changed, and remains capped at £2,500 if caught excessively speeding on a motorway, or £1,000 if on a public highway.

Magistrates have also been advised to consider any aggravating features, such a previous speeding convictions and bad weather conditions, and this should be reflected in any fine imposed.

If you need any legal advice or assistance relating to any speeding offences, please do not hesitate to contact our firm, who specialise in dealing with driving matters.

2 ACQUITTALS FOR CLIENTS’ FACING ALLEGATIONS OF TRAVELING ON THE METROLINK WITHOUT PAYING THE FARE

JTS today achieved important acquittals for two of our Clients facing allegations of traveling on the Metrolink without paying the fare. In both cases false details had been provided to Metrolink by another passenger in order to avoid payment.

It is important that such allegations are strenuously defended as a Criminal Conviction for non payment of fare can have significant implications on travel and future employment and can eventually result in a prison sentence.

If you have a similar matter or have been convicted of an offence without your knowledge please do no hessite to contact us so we can help you with your case.

THE DANGERS OF MAKING A ‘STATUTORY DECLERATION’

Statutory Declarations are becoming a more and more common way whereby Defendants convicted of offences without their knowledge, in particular in driving cases, can set-aside their conviction. you will often be advised by the Court that you can make a Statutory Delectation and this is will resolve the problem.

Please be aware however, making a Statutory Deceleration is is serious undertaking and can have significant and native negative implications on you and your case. This includes the fact that:

1.The case does not go away. Often the Court will immediately ask you to enter a plea on an offence you have little or no knowledge about and without proper legal advice the penalty could end up being greater than that originally imposed by the Court.

2.Any disqualification and or points already imposed can be re-imposed from the start. As a result without proper legal advice you could end up serving a sentence or ban all over again.

As a result we advise that is it very important that you receive legal advice before making a Statutory Delectation. Please do not hessite to contact us as we will be able to advise you through this complex process.

TAXI RENEWAL ALLOWED FOR DRIVER WITH RECENT NO INSURANCE CONVICTION.

Today one of our drivers was successful when appearing before Council Committee in applying for a new Hackney Carriage licence and renewal of his Private Hire licence despite a recent conviction for driving without insurance. This was despite the fact that the Council Guidelines would suggest at least 2 year suspension. This result follows on from an acquittal for allegations of driving without a valid taxi licence and an absolute discharge and no endorsement for driving without insurance.

If you are a current taxi driver or applying for a new taxi licence you can be called before committee to explain any previous convictions, including driving convictions. At JTS we can hep you both through committee and if necessary the appeal process. Call or email us now for further advice.