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8th February 2017
Laser Jammers – How many UK drivers are risking a prison sentence every time they get behind the wheel?
BB Law recently dealt with a ‘Laser Jammer’ case. Our client’s case was concluded at York Crown Court on 7th February 2017 when our client narrowly avoided an immediate custodial sentence.
16th June 2016
Prosecution routinely failing to re-serve their evidence in cases where defendants have made Statutory Declarations
7th June 2016
BB Law prove Gatso speed camera to be wildly inaccurate
In March 2016 we were instructed to act as specialist motoring law solicitors for Mr Baird, who was being prosecuted by Staffordshire Police for an alleged speeding offence. A Gatso speed camera had recorded our client’s van to have been travelling at 85mph in a 30mph speed limit in December 2015. Our client knew this was wrong and he asked the police to check their evidence but the police dismissed his concerns and subsequently summoned him to Stafford and then Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates’ courts.
5th December 2015
Criminal Court Fees Abandoned from 24/12/15
The government has seen sense and scrapped the Criminal Court Charge less than a year after the charge was first introduced (see previous blog entry dated 5th April 2015).
MPs on the Justice Committee published a report in November 2015, in which they said the fee, which is not means-tested, created “serious problems” and was often “grossly disproportionate”.
This is good news for now but how long will it be before a new scheme is introduced?
5th April 2015
New court fees to hit drivers the hardest
Motorists who find themselves in court for traffic offences committed on or after 13th April 2015 will face new court fees introduced by last minute legislation brought in by the government in the final few days of parliament.
The fees will apply regardless of whether the driver pleads guilty or not guilty, although those who are found guilty after a trial will incur a higher fee than those who plead guilty.
The ‘court charges’, a sample of which are set out below, are in addition to any fine imposed by the court and in addition to any costs the defendant is ordered to pay to the prosecuting authority.
Guilty plea in the magistrates’ court – £150
Found guilty after trial in the magistrates’ court – summary only (minor) offence – £520
Found guilty after a trial in the magistrates’ court – either way (serious) offence – £1000
Found guilty after trial in the Crown Court – £1200.