Motoring cases require a specialist approach
Many criminal lawyers make the assumption that motoring cases are usually open shut and can’t be challenged. This is a basic mistake. With the right specialist representation, it is possible to challenge most cases. The prosecution and police must comply with the law at every stage, and if they don’t the defence should make them pay for it. We represent people from every walk of life, in every aspect of motoring law.
We have represented people in the professions, business, and even public life, from salespeople, IT staff, professionals and business directors.
Likely sentences if you are convicted of a motoring offence:
- Drink driving convictions (including failure to provide a specimen) result in a minimum 1 year driving ban, although the starting point is usually closer to 18 months. The court may allow a reduction of a quarter with an awareness course.
- Serious offences such as cases involving very high levels of alcohol consumption, and involving serious accidents such as dangerous driving will often result in prison sentences if convicted, ranging from 6 months to up to ten years for the worst cases involving death. Any driving ban will usually last for several years.
- Less serious offences such as speeding, driving without due care and attention, usually carry either a driving bar or points, depending on how serious they are. Bans are usually for no more than 6-12 months.
Low level speeding offences may carry between 3 and 6 points or a short driving ban if convicted.
- Results in reaching twelve points on your licence you will receive a minimum disqualification of 6 to 12 months unless you can show ‘exceptional hardship’. This is a difficult legal test, and requires the assistance of a lawyer to be sure of the best chance. The points that most people raise when they appear alone in court are legally irrelevant, and they sadly often fail to raise in the right way the points which can actually help them.
Consequences of losing your licence
A driving ban can result in a number of serious consequences. Many people end up losing their job, or if self employed cannot serve potential customers or clients. There is a great effect on anyone who has a family, and children especially suffer if they rely on their parents for transport to school and other activities. There can be other effects on older relatives who need support with mobility. There is also often an increased insurance premium which lasts for years after the conviction. For people who simply love driving, being deprived of that freedom is very frustrating.