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Time Limits and What You Need To Know

The importance of time limits 

Time limits are important during the process of committing a motoring offence. Many drivers who believe they were caught committing a motoring offence or believed they were flashed by a camera, usually wait 14 days to receive a letter in the post. It is likely that within 14 days of committing the offence, the driver of the vehicle will receive a notice of intended prosecution of the alleged offence being committed. 

The NIP does not need to arrive within 14 days of the offence but needs to be posted by the police within 14 days of the day of the offence. 

If you have been stopped by the police the 14 day period doesn’t apply, as your notice was received during the time you were stopped. 

What’s in a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

The notice will inform you of the offence committed, with the details of the offence, the location, time and date. This notice will require you to respond and confirm whether you were the driver at the time of the offence. You have 28 days to reply to this, if you fail to reply within 28 days, you are committing a separate offence that comes with a mandatory 6 points.

We advise you to complete this properly and send it as soon as possible, first-class and signed for, to ensure that the letter is received successfully. If you have received a Notice of Intended prosecution and need help or advice, we highly advise you to contact Solicitors On Your Side, we can provide you with free advice. 

After returning the Notice Of Intended Prosecution? 

After returning the Notice, the court should bring the charges to you within 6 months. After that, you should receive a conditional offer which is 3 penalty points and a £100 fine or be offered a speed awareness course. If the offence is more serious, you may be charged with an offence in the form of a Single Justice Procedure Notice. 

After receiving a single Justice Procedure Notice, there will be documents enclosed, including a plea form, during which you can plea guilty or not guilty, or you may be able to enter this online. 

You must respond to the Single Justice Procedure either by post or online within 21 days of receiving the notice. 

If you would like more advice or help, and whether to plead guilty or not guilty, contact our experienced motoring solicitors now at Solicitors On Your Side. 

Have you been charged with a motoring offence?

If you have been charged with a motoring offence, contact On Your Side now to help you lower your motoring offence penalties. We understand that these situations can be very time consuming and stressful, but at On Your Side, we will try to make the process as quick as possible.

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