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mactell

Possibly Getting Banned?

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Its hard, but you can guarantee you will learn from the experience.

The more active you are the more you can prepare, so if needs be, contact your local station and ask if you can find out where the proceedings are, ask if there is anything you can provide to the case in order to expedite things... I know it sounds like signing your own death warrant, however, I understand that an officer has the right to drop a case, or his superiors do, the more you are seen to have learned from this and the more you can be seen to help them, then they may realise that you were just being daft and as such they may decide its not worth the hassle of trying to get you into the courts system and thus offer you an alternative penalty.

These are only maybe's but all you need is one maybe that they may bite and you could save yourself!

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You may not need telling but if you do end up in a magistrates court it is a best suit and tie job and if you do not have a solicitor to represent you and the magistrates ask you if you have anything to say, stand up and grovel - it really does impress them!

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I once watched someone infront of the magistrates, who was possibly getting banned. He begged and said he needed the car for work. He got off and looked VERY relieved. Think he went on a speed awareness thing though.

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Speed awareness is going to be a blessing in this instance I think!

Keeping fingers crossed for you mactel!

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Yes. a letter from an employer may help as well, especially if the place of work is difficult to get to using public transport. as I said in my previous post, a suit and tie is important as it shows respect for the court. Jeans and a T-shirt is a no no!

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It sounds like squeeky bum time for a while. I'm not going to lecture you, you sound like you know what you did was wrong and are learning from it, that is good. Most of us speed at some point, some of us get caught, I've been stopped 3 times and done twice. Once I was a nat's off a ban for the 100 on a motorway, it does make you think how you could live your life without your car.

I hope that this works out for you and you don't lose your licence but if you do take it on the chin and what ever do not drive until you get it back legally.

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Don't want to knock anything here, might be different up in Scotland (where I am from) isn't double the speed limit, an instant ban & more so if your a new driver?

You should also think about doing IAM course, could help with insurance, if your not banned but have a heap of points, could also help in court, if they see you are willing to learn, it's not all hand shuffling, I have read the road or tell tail signs some one is going to do something daft & take avoiding action, in a safe manner.

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Insurance and money really isn't the biggest problem for me (I'm not boasting) I just really need my car. If I do get banned it will just show how much I actually do need it.

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Don't want to knock anything here, might be different up in Scotland (where I am from) isn't double the speed limit, an instant ban & more so if your a new driver?

Usually more than 30% of the posted limit is considered for a ban but depends on the Courts decision.

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Insurance and money really isn't the biggest problem for me (I'm not boasting) I just really need my car. If I do get banned it will just show how much I actually do need it.

If insurance and money are no problem why are you driving a 5-year-old Fiesta 1.2?

Ive got some big (expensive) plans for my car - all donations graciously recieved :lol:

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Because there's No point wasting money on a first car.

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If insurance and money are no problem why are you driving a 5-year-old Fiesta 1.2?

Ive got some big (expensive) plans for my car - all donations graciously recieved :lol:

:) its fast enough foca

Perhaps withdraw a few bales of cash to fill the boot compartment and keep the horses in the front from breaking loose.

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and I didn't mean it like I'm a multimillionaire or something. But I have got some spare laying around just in case.

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then maybe it might be worth using some of that spare cash and getting some advance driving lessons,perhaps that might calm you down a tad,

also if you get this arranged before you go to court(if you do)you may be albe to use this in your defense.so it will show the court you are remorseful etc.and show that YOU are truly sorry for what you did? :rolleyes:

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then maybe it might be worth using some of that spare cash and getting some advance driving lessons,perhaps that might calm you down a tad,

also if you get this arranged before you go to court(if you do)you may be albe to use this in your defense.so it will show the court you are remorseful etc.and show that YOU are truly sorry for what you did? :rolleyes:

I back this idea, go on the pass plus course

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I echo this as well, not just pass plus. but look to a few other things, look at the Ford Driving course, and also get your eyes over the IAM as well.

Dont get me wrong, doing all three of those may get you nowhere on the day if it becomes necessary, however, it will help in your defense if you are trying to improve and it will also help you when you do get behind the wheel from thereon.

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Dont mean to put a downer on this but this is nothing to do with the courts, for that speed you will get six points unless you take a good solicitor and try for 5 and a larger fine stating it would cause you serious hardship but you would be lucky to get less than six for that much over. if you get six the courts dont ban you, but DVLA will revoke your licence, its a totally different thing, as you dont serve a ban you are free to redo your theory and driving test as soon as you can book them.As I said I know somebody that this happened to and when he got six points and got out of court without a ban he thought he got away with the six point rule only for his world to come crashing down around him days later, My advice is get a good solicitor or at least consult one, bank on getting your licence revoked and if you get any less then its a result.

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I know it is 'jumping the gun' a bit and you are still waiting to hear what is going to happen to you but if you can afford it, I would certainly advise you to have a solicitor who specialises in motoring prosecutions to represent you in court if you receive a summons. He/she will be experienced in putting forward a plea in mitigation on your behalf. A plea of this nature is aimed at persuading the bench to impose the least possible sentence. It would include things such as your sense of remorse, you age and inexperience (sorry), the effect that losing your licence would have on you if it is likely to affect your employment situation, what you have learnt from your momentary stupidity etc. If you have any questions on what I have written please ask.

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Hi I was thinking this myself. I have found out I get all legal costs covered by my insurance anyway.

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I doubt your insurance company will foot the bill in this case, your legal cover is for accidents and injuries

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Nope it includes any offences such as speeding etc

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Hi I was thinking this myself. I have found out I get all legal costs covered by my insurance anyway.

I would be surprised, I have never heard of an insurance company represent you in court should you get a ticket and risk loosing your license. I would be very surprised if that does work in your favour - I hope it does - but dont be surprised if all of a sudden theres a reason that they cant or wont pay out.

If it does offer the full protection, share the details of the insurer, it would be handy to learn more!

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I have still not heard anything about this. Thought I am still keeping my fingers cross!!!!

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Nope it includes any offences such as speeding etc

AFAIK:

Legal cover is only there to provide you with solicitors to pursue someone for your losses that would not be paid out by your insurance, if you are not at fault. In this instance, you have committed a road traffic offense, there was no accident, therefore legal cover is not applicable in this instance.

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