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Website outlines motoring punishments

19 July 2007

Motorists facing conviction by a magistrates' court can look up their potential sentence on a new website.

The free site, www.online-court.co.uk, is the first to detail the options open to magistrates in cases where a fixed penalty notice is not issued.

Potential offences that could require a summons to a magistrates' court range from manslaughter to failing to stop at an accident, dangerous or careless driving, speeding and driving without lights.

The site provides information on the guideline sentence for all offences, potential aggravating factors, possible mitigating factors, whether defendants should get a lawyer and the benefits of pleading guilty or not guilty.

The site's creators have more than 60 years' experience of magistrates' courts and law between them, and the site will be updated as sentences change.

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