As a Motoring Solicitor at Mansfield Magistrates Court I see a lot of speeding cases. All of the counties speeding matters are dealt with at Mansfield Magistrates Court.
The courts treat these as minor cases but speeding cases can be very serious and have a devastating effect on the client if they are banned.
The week I had a speeding case at Mansfield Magistrates Court, the client had been caught driving at 78 mph in a 40 limit. She was unable to offer an explanation but it was very out of character for her.
My job is to find the best mitigation where often the clients do not think that one exists. It is important to know what the court considers good mitigation and more importantly what they do not consider good mitigation.
Without going into details this case had an unusual element that the client did not think was important but turned out to be the thing that made the big difference.
I had advised the client that I would try and persuade the court to keep any ban to a minimum. The guidelines suggested that the ban should be at least 2 months. She would have been delighted with a 14 day ban.
After addressing the court I don’t know who was more shocked me or the client to hear them impose 6 points and no ban!
The money that the client has saved from increased insurance premiums if she had been banned has more than paid for our fees!
It highlights the need to have expert representation. It is easy to say the wrong thing in court and make matters worse. We are expert motoring solicitors appearing regularly at Mansfield Magistrates. Your licence is too important to leave to a local legal aid lawyer who does a little bit of motoring law on the side in between his shoplifters and druggies.
If you want your own expert motoring solicitor on your side call us on 01623 397200 and check our page to see why we are different.