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Sentencing Guidelines & Possible Penalties

If you are charged or pleading guilty to a motor offence, depending on the severity of the offence, the points and potential disqualification can vary. The points actually stay on your driving record for 3-11 years depending on the offence.

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Sentencing Guidelines

Sentencing Guidelines are put in place so that once you plead guilty, or are found to be guilty by the Court, Magistrates have a framework of sentences they can impose.

Magistrates are guided in relation to these sentencing guidelines by the Court Clerk. After they have heard the full facts of your case they will choose the most appropriate sentence.

With regard to most traffic offences, Magistrates will impose Court costs, penalty points and fines. The fine is means tested as well as being related to the seriousness of your offence.

The size of your court costs will depend on the duration of your case, the length of your trial and how quickly in proceedings you plead guilty.

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The table below shows a range of penalty points for each offence. However, these are guidelines only and can vary remarkably depending on the individual case.



Penalty points

Dangerous Driving2 years imprisonment, unlimited fine, obligatory disqualification3-11
Drink DrivingMandatory 12 month disqualificationNA
Drug DrivingMandatory 12 month disqualificationNA
Failing to stop and report6 months imprisonment, unlimited fine, discretionary disqualification5-10
No licence£1,000 fine, discretionary disqualification3-6
No insuranceUnlimited fine, discretionary disqualification6-8
Speeding offences£1,000-£2,500 fine, discretionary disqualification3-6
Using a mobile phone£1,000-£2,500 fine, discretionary disqualification6
 Careless drivingUnlimited fine/ discretionary disqualification3-9
Dangerous vehicles£2,500- unlimited fine, discretionary or obligatory disqualification depending on previous convictions3


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