I dont normally talk on the phone when I am driving. But I was in the car, and the phone kept ringing, and it was distracting me. I picked up because I was worried that something had happened to somebody, heard it was a sales call so said sorry and hung up straight away.
Of course the police saw me. I was pulled over and given the "you dont have to say anything speech". He gave me a parking ticket, and I paid.
I have received a court summons.
Do they ban people from driving from one offense? Is it better for me if I show, or should I just plead guilty by letter? What is the best or the worst outcome I can possibly hope for?
I suspect it's because it's a foreign license. I'd very much doubt you'd get a ban for a first offence, but they can't endorse your license so you might get a bigger fine. Not sure about attending court or not, though.
Quint this is my line of work. No need to spend money on solicitor or go to court. Fill in the form making sure you say you are pleading guilty and want the case dealt with in your absence. In the part where you can have your say (mitigation) tell them you were offered a fixed penalty which you tried to pay but couldn't because you don't have a UK licence. Then make sure you fill in the form about your income. If you don't the magistrates have to assume you earn £400 a week. You are unlikely to get a ban - just 3 points on your UK driving record.