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What does LAID IN THE ALTERNATIVE mean?

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  • What does LAID IN THE ALTERNATIVE mean?

    Hi all,
    i was caught driving 64 in a variable speed 50 area on M4. I paid my fine online & sent in my licence. Heard nothing back until today.....a court summons for A) speeding & B) failing to submit my licence!!

    I know things can get lost in the post (i’ve just moved home 3 times in 4 months, so nothing shocks me. I accept that my defence of “i sent it” will hold no water, but i have a question for you.

    What does “laid in alternative” actually mean?

    Does it mean that if i plead guilty to speeding, they will drop the charge of failing to submit my licence? That’s how it reads to me....but my mind doesn’t always compute words very well & i regularly need somebody to clarify what might be quite obvious to most.

    Any help lovingly received :-)
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    Originally posted by MINDbuzzing View Post
    Hi all,
    i was caught driving 64 in a variable speed 50 area on M4. I paid my fine online & sent in my licence. Heard nothing back until today.....a court summons for A) speeding & B) failing to submit my licence!!

    I know things can get lost in the post (i’ve just moved home 3 times in 4 months, so nothing shocks me. I accept that my defence of “i sent it” will hold no water, but i have a question for you.

    What does “laid in alternative” actually mean?

    Does it mean that if i plead guilty to speeding, they will drop the charge of failing to submit my licence? That’s how it reads to me....but my mind doesn’t always compute words very well & i regularly need somebody to clarify what might be quite obvious to most.

    Any help lovingly received :-)
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