Road Traffic Offences
We appreciate that your driving licence is extremely important to you. A disqualification or even the imposition of penalty points can have a devastating impact on you, your job, your home and your family.
If you have been charged with an offence of drink driving you will probably know that if you plead guilty or are found guilty following a trial the Magistrates must impose a driving ban for a minimum of 12 months. The disqualification is mandatory unless you can establish that there are special reasons not to impose a ban. We can advise you whether or not you have a defence and if not whether there are special reasons which could be advanced that may persuade the Court to let you continue driving.
Other offences, such as speeding or no insurance, carry either a disqualification or penalty points. If convicted, the Magistrates will decide how many penalty points are to be imposed, depending on the facts of your case. We can advise you whether you have a defence and help you to present your case in Court. If you decide to plead guilty or are convicted at trial we will endeavor to achieve the best possible outcome for you by putting forward your explanation by way of mitigation.
You may face a disqualification as a result of the number of points that you have on your licence; this is sometimes referred to as “totting”. If at any time during a three year period you have 12 or more points on your licence the Court must consider imposing a driving ban for at least six months unless you are able to persuade the Court that you will suffer “exceptional hardship”. We can assist in presenting your exceptional hardship argument to the Court.
There are many offences, such as dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving, which are particularly serious for any motorist to be charged with as conviction carries a mandatory 12 month period of disqualification and in some circumstances can result in a custodial sentence. As such, when defending cases of this nature, it is imperative that every avenue of your defence is explored.
We can advise you on likely costs at the outset and whether you may be eligible for legal aid. In some cases we can offer professional advice and representation for a fixed fee that could save you both your licence and your money. We estimate that this might cost approximately £300 + VAT, if the matter is complex you might be charged an hourly rate which we will inform you of. Our expert services include:
- Advice on all aspects of road traffic law
- Where appropriate, preparation of a letter of mitigation to avoid your attendance at Court
- Representation at Court by a specialist Solicitor or Barrister
- Preparation of your case in order that you can represent yourself at Court
- Identify and instruct expert witnesses in the appropriate field, where necessary, to support your defence
- Advice and representation at Crown Court on Appeals against sentence and/or conviction
Our experts in this area are Philip Ashely and Jane Oakley who can be contacted on the numbers below or by email at [email protected]
A guide to our fees are set out and can be viewed by clicking here.