Like most things in life people only tend to value things when they are gone. Don’t take your licence to drive for granted. Its loss can lead to the loss of your job, cause relationship difficulties and inconvenience you and those who rely upon you.
The need for advice usually begins following an accident, or police stop or the arrival of a notice asking you to identify the driver of a vehicle suspected of an offence. We can advise you as to what to do about such notices and represent you at the Police Station.
Our Motoring Offence expertise includes advising on:
- Failure to identify driver suspected of an offence
- Using mobile phone whilst driving
- Drink / drug driving
- Driving without due care and attention/ without reasonable consideration
- Dangerous driving
- Failing to comply with a traffic sign
- Failing to stop and / or Failing to report
- Using / permitting use of a vehicle without insurance
- Defective brakes / steering / tyres
Some offences (upon conviction) lead to a mandatory ban. Others attract penalty points. For some offences e.g. speeding or driving without due care and attention there is a range of points with the number you receive depending on the circumstances and any aggravating or mitigating features. Twelve points within three years leads to a minimum 6 month ban unless you can show that you would suffer exceptional hardship.
We can advise you as to your prospects of successfully defending any of the above motoring offences and others. If a guilty plea is advised, then we can present your case to the Court so that any punishment is kept to a minimum. There may also be occasions when even if you are advised to plead guilty it will be appropriate to make an application to the Court that there are ‘special reasons’ as to why your licence should not be endorsed with points or you should not be banned from driving or there should be a reduction in the length of your ban.
Like any case, preparation is important, and the earlier you seek legal advice, the greater your chances for a successful outcome.