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Motoring Offence information
According to The Department for Transport, car traffic continued to grow steadily in 2017, with many predicting similar results for 2018. This jump in traffic further increases the likelihood of accidents and motoring offences on British roads. Additionally, new sentencing guidelines from the Magistrates’ Courts came into effect in April 2017, changing important legislation on penalty points and driving bans. Therefore, it’s important to keep up-to-date with the latest motoring offences information.
If you’ve received a motoring offence ticket, fine or driving ban, don’t panic. Our barristers and paralegals have a wealth of experience in handling a diverse range of road traffic offences, and are here to assist you through this process. The most common motoring offences in the UK include:
• Drink Driving
• Dangerous driving
After the police have charged you with a motoring offence, the prosecution must provide sufficient evidence for a conviction. If they prove you have committed an offence, you will be given a date to appear in court. Normally, motoring offences such as speeding or drink driving will be heard in front of the Magistrates’ Court. However, if you are charged with dangerous driving and have the possibility of your driving license being revoked, your case will be tried in the Crown Court before a jury.
It is in your best interests to seek legal representation at this stage. Through our direct access scheme, we can connect you with a barrister who can provide you with the best defence in court, should you choose to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, this can lengthen the legal process and could result in more than one court hearing, more legal fees, longer bans and bigger fines. Even if you intend to plead guilty, a talented barrister with a focus on motoring offences can still help reduce your sentence.
We offer direct access to barristers and comprehensive paralegal support to assist you with all the necessary documentation and paperwork throughout your case. If you’re worried about the legal fees involved, contact one of our motoring offence specialists to receive legal advice and information on our convenient payment solutions. Call us now on 0800 888 6760.
Road Traffic Offences Act 1988
All motorists on British roads must abide by the laws present in The Road Traffic Offences Act 1988. Motorists can potentially settle out of court by paying whatever fine has been imposed, but it is not uncommon for a motoring offence to be presented towards either the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. Different traffic offences carry different punishments in terms of how many penalty points you’ll potentially be given. Penalty points received will remain on your driving licence for a period of 3-11 years; it also depends on the type of motoring offence and/or the severity of the case. Receiving the maximum of 12 points on your licence within 3 years will result in your disqualification from driving. If you’re a new driver and you receive 6 or more penalty points within 2 years of passing a driving test, you will be banned from driving. In order to gain a driving licence again, you will need to apply for a provisional licence and pass both theory and practical parts of the driving or riding test to regain a full licence.
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Speeding has become one of the most common road traffic offences in the UK. Speeding prosecutions generally go unchallenged, because motorists simply choose to pay fines without attending court or seeking legal advice. However, if you believe the police or Magistrate’ Court have charged you unfairly in relation to speeding penalties, you can contest their decision by calling one of our specialist motoring offence lawyers. We will suggest one of our solicitors or barristers depending on the circumstances of your case.
The national speed limit is the absolute maximum speed a motorist is allowed to drive. Unless you see signs indicating other speed limits on single carriages, dual carriages, or motorways you should drive at 30 miles (48 kilometres) per hour. There are also specific speed limits depending on what type of vehicle you are driving, and it’s important to abide by these limits at all times.
Speeding Offence Procedure
You can be caught speeding by police officers, speed cameras on fixed accident hotspots, or mobile speed cameras that have radar and laser detectors. If you are caught speeding, the police officer on duty can either send you the details of the penalty, or recommend that the case be sent straight to the Magistrates’ Court.
When the police believe a motorist has committed a road traffic offence, they must issue a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP). However, if you have received this notice, it doesn’t necessarily mean a court conviction. Motorists that have been issued with a speeding fine or ticket are advised to speak to a solicitor who specialises in motoring offences at the earliest opportunity so they can avoid unnecessary points on their driving licence, and/or possible driving disqualification.
If you have received a motoring offence charge and would like to hear more about the legal procedure, contact one of our experienced motoring offence barristers now on: 0800 888 6760.
Motorists may be able to contest if they can provide evidence that:
• The speed camera was faulty at the scene and therefore gave an incorrect reading
• A human error was made as a result of the device being inaccurately used by the police officer
• The traffic signage was defective or unclear
• You were driving over the speed limit due to an emergency (either medical or as a result of environmental disasters).
For an individual to contest a speeding conviction they must ensure that all necessary records are retained by the police officers on the scene. The prosecution will need to verify that the speed camera received approval from the Home Office, and that the device was in full working order on the day of the alleged offence.
Even though speeding prosecutions are a common occurrence UK, they can still have a big impact on you, your family and your job. If you’re concerned about the legal fees involved and need financial assistance during your motoring offence process, we can help. Get direct access to barristers with all-inclusive paralegal support and affordable payment plans today. To find out more about our services, don’t hesitate to contact one motoring offence specialists now on 0800 888 6760.
The UK drink driving limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; or 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood; or 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine. It is considered one of the most serious motoring offences and as such, a drink driving charge can carry severe consequences that could even lead to jail time.
With this in mind, it it absolutely vital that you seek the right legal representation before you go to court and plead your case. Being charged with drink driving can be a long and complicated process with consequences that can have a huge impact on your day to day life. If you’d like to talk to a legal professional about your drink driving charge, contact one of our motoring offence experts now on 0800 888 6760. We will help connect you with barristers experienced in the field of drink driving offences.
Although unlikely, it is possible for the accused to plead not guilty if they can provide evidence that police procedures were not followed. A failure or error in these procedures, may invalidate a potential conviction and result in the case being dropped. It is an extremely complex process for the police to gather evidence for a drink driving conviction. Drink driving is one of the few motoring offences where the defendant will be asked to give a breathalyser test and a specimen of blood or urine that will be presented as grounds for conviction in prosecutions court proceedings. You may have a right to contest if you feel that:
• The breathalyser reading device was inaccurate or unreliable
• You have not been given adequate opportunity to provide two separate specimens of urine
• The police station doctor or nurse did not obtain the relevant consent to receive a specimen of blood from you
• If the blood and urine samples have not been stored in the correct place.
In special circumstances, the defendant may also be allowed to contest if there has been a road traffic accident or collision with another vehicle. If they have suffered an injury from this accident which leaves them disorientated and confused, the defendant can use this as evidence to contest their drink driving charge. Note that this is an unusual situation, as it is very unlikely that a police officer attending the incident wouldn’t use a breathalyser.
If you are facing a driving ban, you may be able to reduce your time by taking a Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS). However, this is only an option if it has been allowed by the courts, and if you have received a driving ban of 12 months or more.
If you have received a conviction and court hearing date for a drink driving offence, it is important that you contact a barrister with a proven track record in motoring offences as soon as possible. They can give you sound legal advice and provide evidence that could help you successfully contest the court’s decision.
Drink driving convictions can be a long and complex process that may cost you more than you initially thought. If you are looking for a payment solution to cut your legal fees upfront, contact us today. We can also guide you to the right barrister and paralegals to help build your case. Call us now on 0800 888 6760.
Careless driving is motoring offence that can also be known as ‘inconsiderate driving’ or ‘driving without due care and attention’. If you are currently facing this type of allegation the prosecution must prove that:
• The defendant fell below the standard expected of a competent driver; or
• That they did not show reasonable consideration for other pedestrians and vehicles on the road.
Careless driving is a difficult motoring offence to prove, as there are many factors that can contribute to a motorist driving without care and attention. These factors are routinely assessed by the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court and remain a hot topic for news reporters. Some of the main factors that can contribute to your careless driving offence include:
• Coming out of a side junction into the path of another vehicle;
• Scraping another car in a car park;
• A minor collision with another vehicle;
• Allowing a satellite navigation system or map to divert your attention;
• Carrying an unsafe load;
• Middle lane lodging;
• Allowing yourself to be distracted by eating or drinking when driving;
• Evidence that amounts to other motoring offences, such as driving without; insurance or without a licence;
• If the defendant is driving carelessly in a high-risk area, near a school, hospital or on busy roads.
If you are unsure on whether you can contest a careless driving allegation, contact a solicitor who specialises in motoring offences. They can help you review the prosecution’s case and advise you on how to gather evidence and witness statements that can disprove the allegation. If you are wanting to plead not guilty, it may take more than one court hearing to resolve, and lead to legal costs you didn’t foresee. Contact our legal team today, and talk with one of our barristers who has a successful track records in motoring offences to help you throughout this process.
We can also offer you inclusive paralegal support to help with administration tasks and collecting the necessary documentation for your case. We understand that you may be concerned about the legal costs involved, which is why we offer cost-effective payment plans to help you move forward and get the legal representation you need. To find out more information about our services and payment solutions, call us today on 0800 888 6760.
To be found guilty of a dangerous driving offence, the prosecution must prove that the defendant has driven in a way that, ‘falls far below the minimum expectation of a careful and competent driver’.
Motorists can be convicted for dangerous driving if they:
• Are driving aggressively;
• Recklessly overtake into oncoming traffic;
• Knowingly drive a vehicle with mechanical faults;
• Ignore traffic signs, road signals or warnings from passengers or pedestrians;
• Are unfit to operate a car (for example, if the defendant has an injury that obstructs competent driving; feeling drowsy behind the wheel or if they are under the influence of alcohol/drugs);
• Drive while being avoidably distracted (for example by: using a mobile phone, reading, turning to check your children, reading a map, lighting a cigarette or fixing your audio/ Sat Nav systems.
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Due to the severity of most dangerous driving convictions, they will be heard in front of the Magistrates’ Court or Crown court. Solicitors can assist you in building a defence of key witnesses and relevant documentation, should you choose to contest your dangerous driving charge. You may have the right to contest if:
• You were under necessity or significant duress: this is relevant if the defendant can prove there was unforeseen pressure that forced them to drive dangerously – for example, in a medical emergency, fleeing from the threat of violence or a physical assault;
• You experienced a sudden illness or medical condition that caused the reckless behaviour, for example; a heart attack or epileptic shock. (This does not include medical conditions that are previously known to the defendant);
• You lost control of your vehicle due to a previously undiscovered mechanical fault
• You were following instructions in an authorised motoring event;
• You provide evidence that your case should be charged under careless driving.
The most severe motoring offence an individual can be charged with is ‘death caused by dangerous driving’. These extreme cases are primarily dealt with by the Crown Court and if the defendant decides to plead not guilty, it must be heard in front of a jury.
If you are charged with a dangerous driving allegation, it’s advised to contact a trusted motoring offence barrister at the earliest opportunity. Don’t feel like you have to go through this complex process alone. Our panel of barristers and paralegals are on standby to offer you confidential legal advice and effective payment solutions that can help you throughout each stage of the process. Contact us today on 0800 888 6760.
Receiving a motoring offence conviction can seriously affect your everyday life and can have a negative impact on your employment, specifically if your employer requires you to have a clean driving licence. The court can fine you, and endorse your driving license with penalty points once you are convicted of a motoring offence. Each endorsement code has a specific number of penalty points, ranging from 1-11 depending on the type of motoring offence and individual circumstances involved. These points can remain on your licence for up to 11 years. If you receive a disqualification, this will stay on your record for a period of 4 years. The convictions are different if the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court prove that you have been caught:
If you find yourself facing prosecution for a motoring offence, a barrister specialising in this area can help in providing appropriate advice and representation that will increase your chances of a better outcome.
Our panel of nationwide motoring offence solicitors and barristers are highly experienced in dealing with all types of road traffic offences and can assist you throughout every stage of your motoring offence case.
If you are currently facing penalty points from the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court, we can offer you confidential advice and support with the following:
• Speeding offences;
• Drink driving;
• Careless driving charge and;
• Dangerous driving.
We understand that this can be a complex and daunting legal process. If you wish to contest your motoring offence allegation, we are committed to providing you with comprehensive legal advice that builds a strong defence from the outset.
We take a different approach when it comes to direct access to barristers, by giving our clients comprehensive paralegal support throughout their motoring offence charge. Our legal experts ensure you have the best barristers and paralegals to represent you.
Depending on your individual circumstances, you may find that you need some financial assistance during your motoring offence process. Our legal team offers cost-effective payment plans to cover your legal costs, so you can get the legal support you require – without the need for large payments upfront.
If you have already appointed a barrister to your case, we can still offer you a payment plan solution and make all the necessary arrangements between you and your motoring offence barrister on your behalf. Please feel free to call one of our legal representatives in motoring offences today to receive trusted legal advice and support on 0800 888 6760.