111mph and no disqualification!

In the month of September, Mr Davies attended at Bicester Magistrates Court and represented a client who had driven at a speed of 111mph on the M40 motorway.

This is an offence which would usually attract disqualification, particularly as the magistrates’ guidelines which guide the magistrates as to what penalty to impose suggest disqualification of between 7 and 56 days for those people driving at between 101 and 110mph. The speed in this case therefore went beyond the sentencing guidelines and it may have been thought that a lengthy disqualification of the client was inevitable.

The client was resigned to a fait of disqualification and simply wished to ensure that any disqualification was not for a lengthy period of 56 days (2 months or more). Mr Davies, however had other ideas and presented to the magistrates that in view of the lack of any other aggravating features to the offence (it had been late in the evening and the officer had even commended our clients lane control), the client had an impeccable driving record and his disqualification would impact upon the manufacturing business which the client owned and ran (a successful British Manufacturing business being noted to be one of those rare things in this day and age), the magistrates could properly deal with the case by way of penalty points.

After a period of deliberation the magistrates sentenced the client and agreed that a disqualification was not the only way to deal with the case and endorsed his licence with 6 penalty points and gave him a telling off, which was graciously received!


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