04 Oct 2011, 15:21 by Christopher Knowles
Labels: barrister, conviction, direct-access, prosecution, public-access, speeding, speeding-offences
Most people have driven above the speed limit on at least one occasion, either by choice or accident. As with regulatory offences, you will most likely be sent a notice of intention to prosecute and you will be asked to admit guilt. If you admit guilt, this will lead to the endorsing of your licence and the imposition of points. In some cases you will be summonsed to Court where the excessive speed could lead to disqualification from driving. In some cases there may have been a reason for driving at such speed, and this will have to be explained to the Court in defence or mitigation. Further, the evidence itself may well need to be thoroughly examined, e.g. to ensure correct procedure followed, etc, before a properly considered plea entered at Court. Even where you are only a few mile per hour over the limit you are still liable for conviction. Lay clients can either brief a barrister through a solicitor or they can come direct to a barrister under the public access, or as it is sometimes known direct access, scheme.