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There is a warrant for my arrest for a speeding fine (unpaid)

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There is a warrant for my arrest for a speeding fine (unpaid) and with court costs it now amounts to £600, I have no income as I have been ill with a mental condition and am scared of being locked up, what should I do
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Tom Denning replied 5 years ago.
Hi

Sorry to hear about that.

It sounds like you may be eligible for legal aid. Have you considered this?

Use this link to find legal aid advice in your area:
http://www.communitylegaladvice.org.uk/en/directory/directorysearch.jsp

Hope this helps,

Best wishes,

Tom
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I have phoned a soliciter and was told that legal aid is not available for a case like this
Expert:  Tom Denning replied 5 years ago.
Yes, legal aid is sometimes not available for low level offences such as speeding.

Could I ask why you did not pay the fine itially? Did you dispute it?

Tom
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Aparently motoring offences aren't covered by legal aid and I was very ill when the initial fine was sent to me and also when the offence first went to court, a friend phoned the court and explained that I could not attend and the court said they would send another date to me but I never recieved it and now I have a warrant.
Expert:  Tom Denning replied 5 years ago.
Hi

You need to get a solicitor to swear in an affidavit for you to say that you did not receive the summons. This means that you are formally asserting you did not receive the summons.

Send this to the court clerk and you may be able to get the summons reinstituted.

Hope this helps,

Tom
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