Q. I got caught by a speed camera doing 40 mph in a 30 zone. I have received something called a notice of intended prosecution in the post. What is this and what does it mean?
A. A notice of intended prosecution is an important document that requires the recipient to say who was driving a vehicle at a time when that vehicle is suspected of involvement in a motoring offence. Ignoring the notice can have serious consequences as failure to respond to the notice of intended prosecution carries a minimum of six penalty points and can result in disqualification from driving. Lying about the true identity of the driver can have even more serious consequences - as Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce discovered - as naming the wrong driver can lead to a prosecution for perverting the course of justice which almost always results in a custodial sentence.
Sarah Acres, Solicitor
This article was previously published in the Stamford Mercury.