Can you be convicted of an offence without your knowledge?

Sadly, the answer to the above question is yes and this article explains why it is becoming more common. In a move by the government to speed up high volume cases, such as minor motoring and TV licence offences, the Single Justice Procedure (SJP) was brought into effect in 2015. The SJP consists of a single magistrate who will typically impose a fine, and in motoring offences they can in addition impose penalty points on your driving licence and periods of disqualification from driving. If you receive a SJP Notice, you must respond with your guilty or not guilty plea within the 21 days of the notice. If you do…