Driving offences of all sorts can go before a court, whether they involve speeding, dangerous driving or any other kind of transgression that may have been performed while in charge of a motor vehicle. Most of these offences, particularly the more serious types, will likely be heard in front of a magistrate in the magistrates’ court.
For many people, this will be a new and daunting experience – driving offences are an extremely common way to end up in court, and a large number of those who do will not have had to appear in court before. It is important to be aware of what is expected of you when you appear in a magistrates’ court charged with a driving offence, no matter why you are there or how you plan to plead.
A variety of sentences can be handed out in a magistrates’ court when you have been charged with a driving offence, and this will vary based on the severity of the transgression you have committed. The outcome of having your case seen in the magistrates’ court can involve such punishments as a ban on driving, a requirement to do community service, a fine you will have to pay and, in very severe cases, even imprisonment.
For this reason, it is vital to enlist an appropriate legal professional to ensure that you state your case in an appropriate way and are able to properly put across any mitigating factors in the situation, even if you are guilty of the offence. For those who are not guilty, it is obviously equally as important to find the right solicitor to represent you in Magistrates’ Court, as they will know what evidence will be required to ensure that justice is done and you are allowed to walk free without being punished for a crime you did not commit.