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68 mph in a 40 zone - Letter from Court
DK1436
post Thu, 12 Oct 2017 - 10:54
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Hi,

I was caught doing 68 in a 40 back in April from a police camera/van. I am the registered owner and keeper of the car.

I received the PIN and perhaps naively just filled it in and returned it confirming I was the driver without first checking of that was the best thing to.

I just got back from holiday to find a letter from the Procurator Fiscal (Edinburgh) with a court date of 19th October - only a week away. It hasn't exactly given me much time.

Just wondering for any advice here on what to do.

To answer the complaint I can:

Attend court
Arrange for lawyer to attend (I don't have one)
Reply to letter using forms - plead guilty/not guilty etc

No previous motoring or other offences, no points

If there is any other info you need let me know. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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post Thu, 12 Oct 2017 - 11:00
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QUOTE (DK1436 @ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 - 11:54) *
Hi,

I was caught doing 68 in a 40 back in April from a police camera/van. I am the registered owner and keeper of the car.

I received the PIN and perhaps naively just filled it in and returned it confirming I was the driver without first checking of that was the best thing to.


You were obliged to return the NIP naming the driver so you had no other choice.
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peterguk
post Thu, 12 Oct 2017 - 11:04
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QUOTE (StuartBu @ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 - 12:00) *
QUOTE (DK1436 @ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 - 11:54) *
Hi,

I was caught doing 68 in a 40 back in April from a police camera/van. I am the registered owner and keeper of the car.

I received the PIN and perhaps naively just filled it in and returned it confirming I was the driver without first checking of that was the best thing to.


You were obliged to return the NIP naming the driver so you had no other choice.


I assume the OP is saying he returned the form signed as opposed to unsigned.

OP. No point in using a lawyer for a guilty plea.

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DK1436
post Thu, 12 Oct 2017 - 11:07
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Yes I signed it and returned it as requested.

I agree no point having a lawyer as I am clearly guilty.

Best thing just to show up to court and yes sir no sir never again sir?

Or return form pleading guilty? Does this lessen chance of explaining situation/Personal circumstances?

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DK1436
post Fri, 13 Oct 2017 - 12:31
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Any other help as to what I should do?

Return form and plead guilty - court punishment accordingly
Go to court and plead guilty and hope to get a lesser punishment if explain personal circumstances - need it for work/no public transport/early starts etc

What are the chances I could get my licence taken away?

Any help is greatly appreciated
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post Fri, 13 Oct 2017 - 15:26
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I would submit a letter, basically a grovelling apology, don't attempt to justify or defend your actions at all. You are on the cusp of a short ban, if you send a letter then they have the option of awarding points and a fine or adjourning the case requiring you to attend to CONSIDER a ban, so that would give you a second chance with a new Sherriff, so that would be my recommendation.


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