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· Feb 7th, 2024
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Did you just get a speeding ticket and are wondering if you need a lawyer? Feeling confused?

You’re not alone. Every month, over 130,000 people who have fines and parking tickets visit our website seeking advice. 

In this guide, we’ll answer common questions such as:

  • What is a Fixed Penalty Notice?
  • Do you have to pay it right away?
  • Can you challenge the notice?
  • Do you need a lawyer?
  • When might you not have to pay?
  • What could happen if you don’t pay?

Getting a speeding ticket can be frustrating. But don’t worry; we’re here to help you understand the 2023 UK laws on speeding fines and whether you need a speeding ticket lawyer.

Let’s dive in!

Do You Have to Pay Speeding Fines?

In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your speeding fine.

It’s a bit sneaky, but the last time I needed legal advice, I paid £5 for a trial to chat with an online solicitor called JustAnswer.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor feeds, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

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Is it worth getting a solicitor for speeding?

Speed cameras are just about everywhere these days, and more motorists risk being caught speeding than ever before.

Losing a licence for a speeding offence can seriously affect every aspect of your life.

So, having the right expert on your side could help you keep hold of your licence.

The problem is that lawyers are expensive.

The upside is a speeding ticket lawyer may get you off due to a technicality!

Should I defend myself in court?

It would be cheaper to defend yourself in court when you decide to challenge a speeding fine.

But UK laws are challenging and there are protocols that must be respected.

As such, not knowing how to represent yourself could result in losing a case.

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Situation

Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

The Appeal Process

Scott used JustAnswer, online legal service to enhance his appeal. The trial of this cost him just £5.

Total Fine £271
Cost of legal advice £5

JustAnswer helped Scott craft the best appeal possible and he was able to win his case.

Scott’s fine was cancelled and he only paid £5 for the legal help.

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Should I hire a specialist speeding ticket lawyer?

You could seek legal representation when you think you may be disqualified for an excessive speeding offence.

Plus, a specialist lawyer knows the law when defending you in court.

UK laws are complex, and not everyone understands all the protocols.

A speeding ticket lawyer understands the technicalities that could affect the outcome of a court case.

In short, their expertise could be invaluable.

That said, hiring a specialist lawyer to represent you could prove expensive!

But it could be well worth it when you weigh the cost against losing your licence.

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How much does a speeding ticket lawyer cost?

Hiring a speeding ticket lawyer could prove expensive, as previously mentioned.

But if losing your licence is on the line, it could be worth the expense.

I’ve put together some figures which offer a general guideline of the cost of seeking legal representation for a speeding offence.

If you’re accepting things and admitting guilt for speeding, the cost of hiring a lawyer could be:

  • For providing representation and a guilty plea, the cost would be between £200 to £400
  • To represent you in a court hearing, the cost could be between £300 to £600

The amounts provided are a guideline only as every case is unique.

The costs include representation for a first hearing and the first day of a trial.

But they do not include other costs such as expert fees and travel costs.

However, it should cover the following:

  • A first meeting
  • Reviewing evidence
  • Advice on protocols and court proceedings
  • Advice relating to a case
  • Representation in court and prior meeting
  • Advice following a court hearing

Getting the support of a Solicitor can take a huge weight off your mind.

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What’s the best defence for a speeding fine?

There are several reasons why a speeding ticket lawyer may be able to contest the fine on your behalf.

This could include because:

  • Details contained in the Notice of Intended Prosecution are incorrect. Some examples are the date or location being incorrect
  • You weren’t driving when the speeding fine was issued.
  • There were no speed limit signs, or they were incorrect
  • The radar gun or other equipment was not calibrated correctly (hard to prove)

By law, you must provide the name and address of the person who was driving. There’s a heavy penalty for not providing the information to the authorities

It’s worth noting that most successful challenges against speeding fines are built around technicalities. So this is where a speeding ticket lawyer may come into their own.

Should I accept guilt?

You could accept guilt and face the consequences in the hope that the police will offer you the opportunity to go on a speed awareness course.

That said, it’s up to the police whether you get this option to avoid being fined and getting penalty points.

Will I have to go to court if I pay the fixed penalty for speeding?

You may have to attend a court hearing even when you are ready to pay the fixed penalty for speeding.

This includes when you admit the speeding offence.

It could apply if you were driving dangerously or broke several speed restrictions.

Plus, you may have to pay court costs even when you admit guilt.

Lastly, speeding ticket lawyer, do you need one?

When you are sure you may lose your licence, it may be worth hiring a specialist speeding ticket lawyer to represent you.

This is because receiving a disqualification could negatively impact your working life.

In short, it could be worth seeking legal representation for this reason alone.

However, only a tiny percentage of challenges against speeding fines are successful.

Plus, the cost could be prohibitive if you lose the case, even though you had legal representation.

Thanks for reading this post on whether it’s worth hiring a speeding ticket lawyer. Hopefully, the information helps you decide whether to get legal representation or not.

Hire a Solicitor for less than a coffee.

If you’re thinking about appealing your speeding fine then getting some professional advice is a good idea.

Getting the support of a Solicitor can make your appeal much more likely to win.

For a £5 trial, Solicitors from JustAnswer can look at your case and help you create an airtight appeal.

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MoneyNerd’s founder, Scott Nelson, has a decade of financial industry experience, including 6 years in FCA regulated loan and credit card companies. Troubled by a lack of conscience in the industry, he founded MoneyNerd to give genuine advice to those in debt and struggling financially.
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Janine Marsh is an award-winning presenter and a valuable member of the MoneyNerd team. With a wealth of experience as a financial expert, she's been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Local Radio, and BBC Five Live, and is a regular on Co-op Radio.
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