Outraged Solicitor Offers Discounted Fees to Fight New Police Powers

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Motoring Offence legal specialists, Sweetmans Solicitors has reacted strongly to today’s news giving police the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for serious traffic offences.

The ultimate goal will be to claim back the fees of the million people who challenge this system if successful in Court.

Motoring Offence legal specialists, Sweetmans Solicitors has reacted strongly to today’s news giving police the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for serious traffic offences.

The manchester-based firm is offering the first 1 million motorists fined in such a manner a significantly discounted rate to dispute these fines.

Chris Sweetman, founder of Sweetmans Solicitors, comments, “Whilst it might seem an easy way to deal with a traffic offence the Government are effectively allowing the police to become Judge, jury and executioner for offences which currently carry penalty points.

“The Government claim they are interested in road safety. They have introduced the 12 penalty points and disqualification to focus people’s minds on driving offences but with the introduction of this new system the Government are effectively saying road safety does not matter. You can tailgate, drive inconsiderately or without due care and attention and provided you are prepared to pay the fixed penalty £100 fine you can drive however you want so far as the Government are concerned.

“This is effectively just another way that the Government are revenue raising against the motorist. This system completely does away with any need for the police to provide a file of evidence which could be firstly checked by the Crown Prosecution Service and then checked in Court to see whether or not in actual fact an offence has been committed. The Government therefore are saving at the expense of the police going to Court, the Crown Prosecution Service prosecuting any files and the Courts having to actually decide on the facts of any offence. All these different bodies are funded by the Government and in reality to avoid them having to spend any expense the Government are saying the police can fine people on the spot without any recourse to justice.”

In relation to these tickets Sweetmans Solicitors is offering to defend the first one million people issued the tickets who dispute them for a fixed fee of £600 plus VAT to challenge the whole procedure and go to Court.

Chris continues, “Going to court will mean that the Prosecution, the police and the Court will actually have to decide whether an offence has been committed. Then the Government could say its championing road safety but not by this back door method of raising money for the Government.

“Under this system, theoretically you could find a policeman, who does not hold a driving licence of his own could be dispensing tickets to motorists for offences which in reality he may not have any experience to deal with. Once the officer puts on the uniform he is entitled to issue the Fixed Penalty Notices. Should we accept that this is right when in reality he may not even have a driving licence of his own?”

Sweetmans is encouraging people to fight the system and dispute the fines, offering to represent them and challenge the whole procedure in Court. The aim is to ensure police officers can actually prove their offences in Court before people have to pay.

The ultimate goal will be to claim back the fees of the million people who challenge this system if successful in Court.

For more information contact Chris Sweetman at http://www.sweetmanssolicitors.co.uk

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