Following 13 April 2015, defendants who attend a Criminal Court and either plead guilty or are found guilty of any offence in England and Wales will have to pay up to £1,200 towards the cost of their court case under The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Criminal Courts Charge) Regulations 2015, it has been revealed.
The number of women convicted of drink-driving has nearly doubled in the last few years, a survey has revealed.
Women totalled 9% of drink-drive convictions in 1998, but that figure had increased to 17% by 2012, the figures showed.
The region’s three big football clubs namely Newcastle United, Sunderland AFC and Middlesbrough, have joined forces with Road Safety GB North East in urging people to stay safe during the tournament in Brazil when they watch the games over a few drinks and to warn of the consequences of drink driving and the possibility of still being over the legal limit the morning after the night before.
Section 42 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 provides for disqualified drivers, under certain circumstances, to make an application to the court to consider an application for the early removal of a disqualification.
In line with the recent proposal to increase the fines imposed by courts for offences, the number of drivers summoned to court for speeding increased by 10% in 2012 – meaning more drivers are committing the most serious speeding offences resulting in an appearance at court. This has lead to many to question whether the increase is designed to simply generate more money from the unsuspecting speeding driver.