How should you plead?
Credit for a 'Guilty' Plea
If you plead ‘Guilty’ at the first hearing you are entitled to ‘credit’ for the plea ie a 1/3 reduction in the severity of the punitive element of the sentence. For example, this could mean the difference between an immediate prison sentence and a suspended sentence or between a community service order and a fine. Disqualification from driving for at least a year is mandatory unless you can prove that special reasons apply. (If you do seek to submit special reasons for not disqualifying you should bear in mind that they will not be accepted without a trial of the issue in which the burden of proof will rest upon the defence.)
Pleading 'Not Guilty'
'Guilty' or 'Not Guilty'
Most motorists find themselves in this situation only once in their lives. Consequently, they are at a loss as to how to approach it. Even if they know how to plead they don’t know how best to represent their interests in a court room. If you can find a lawyer who gives sound and straightforward legal advice from the outset combined with skilled court room representation this is likely to result in a markedly more favourable outcome. You may find that just because a national firm has paid for ‘Ads’ to ensure it comes out first in a ‘Google’ search does not necessarily mean that it would come out top in a ‘Which’ magazine survey. So, how do you choose a lawyer?