Birmingham solicitor Williamson & Soden has warned that new proposals for harsher punishments for people caught speeding are part of an increasingly worrying trend.
It claims the Government is imposing a "one size fits all" justice system.
Under the proposed regulations drivers who exceed the speed limit by a considerable margin would receive a greater number of penalty points than those caught travelling at just above the permitted limit.
People who drive at 45mph in a 30mph zone would therefore receive a fixed penalty of six points and a £100 fine, as opposed to the three points and £60 fine imposed under the current system. The "doubled" penalty would also apply to drivers travelling at 57mph or more in a 40mph area and at 94mph or above on roads restricted to 70mph.
Solicitor Regan Peggs says magistrates currently have a discretion when sentencing someone for a speeding offence.
They can endorse the driver's licence with between three and six penalty points or, in extreme cases - where someone is travelling at over 100mph on a motorway, for example - hand down a discretionary disqualification.
He said: "It seems the Government is considering removing magistrates' judicial independence by prescribing what sanctions should be imposed. We have already seen mandatory minimum sentences for people convicted of certain gun crimes, and although this approach often wins favour with the media, it means the courts' hands are tied.
"If this latest plan to reduce speeding goes ahead the judiciary and magistrates will not be able to take a defendant's mitigation into account as much as they would like and this is something that is already causing them a great deal of frustration."
Ultimately, the more people speed, the quicker they reach 12 points and a six-month driving ban. The ramifications can be wide-ranging and a great many more people would be likely to argue "exceptional hardship" they and their families would face if they were to lose their licence.