Hello, please could I have some advice ahead of my appearance at the Magistrates court on Wednesday. I have requested a Statutory Declaration because I haven’t received any of the mail regarding a speeding offence committed in February. The first I became aware of the offence and court proceedings was yesterday when an ex neighbour and friend called to say that bailiffs had turned up demanding £1100 (court fine of £811 + enforcement fees). I thought it was a misunderstanding as I had sent my VR form back with our new address when we moved but when I checked the DVLA website I was horrified to see it still has my old address. I have updated and paid the £20 fee now. I have also looked for my V5 registration form and I have not had it returned so presumably they didn’t receive it or it has been lost. Is it my fault for not chasing this - I moved 3 years ago but have a toddler and a baby so I didn’t think about it once I’d sent it. I am also suffering from depression and really struggling at the moment. I am so upset that this has escalated to this point. I’m a law teacher and I am very diligent and careful. I have never been in debt and this has come as a huge shock. The Magistrates have been helpful and given me a court date for a Statutory Declaration and the bailiffs have been informed not to proceed yet. I want to see whether I am doing the right thing having this hearing or whether I should pay the fine in full? (this would be financially devastating before Christmas but we could manage if we borrow from family too). My intention is to attend court and to plead guilty to the original speeding offence but I want to know whether given the circumstances and lack of knowledge of the request for driver info ...can I plead not guilty to that offence? As this is the one which carries the hefty fine and a conviction. I am worried that they won’t believe that I tried to change my address and fine me for that offence as well which could double the fine I have now. I am happy to accept the speeding conviction and the points I just don’t think it’s fair that I should receive the conviction and fine for not responding to letters I didn’t receive. Thank you in advance for your consideration and assistance Jen ps. I have photo messages from the lady who lives in my old address corroborating that I haven’t received the mail from my old address.
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Don't touch them owe me £500 since January 2019 make excuse after excuse. Seem they always have software problems sending money out. Keep saying they will call back or email nothing been chasing it now for 6 mths the phone staff always have the same banter we will chase it up and get back to you then nothing!