Serious Motoring Offences and Speeding Fines
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Motoring offences

Most drivers have at some point had to deal with a motoring offence, whether it is a speeding fine or a more serious incident.

It can be alarming to be accused of a motoring offence, especially if you don’t believe you have done anything wrong. The implications of even relatively minor offences can be significant if you are at risk of losing your licence, and the paperwork alone can be daunting.

Our team of defence lawyers have many years’ experience in dealing with all types of motoring offences. We can help you whatever your situation; no case is too small or too serious.

If you have accumulated 12 points or more on your licence and are worried about being banned from driving, come and talk to us. We might be able to help you avoid disqualification.

Or for serious offences such as dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol or any driving offence that involves a fatality, we offer a full magistrates and crown court service.

Andrew Turnock
Crime Partner

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Talk to us about:

  • Speeding 172 (Notice of intended prosecution)
  • Driving without due care and attention
  • Imprisonable motoring offences
  • Mobile phone motoring offences
  • Exceptional hardship
  • Special reasons

Our motoring defence lawyers provide no-nonsense, sound advice at every stage of your case, using their experience to handle your matter and achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Speeding 172 (Notice of intended prosecution)

These types of prosecutions are the motoring cases most frequently encountered by drivers. A notice of intended prosecution (NIP) is a notice from the police telling you that they intend to prosecute.

Contact us immediately upon receipt of either a summons or S172 notice to receive advice on how to proceed. You must act quickly if you receive a NIP or you could face an increased penalty or lose your opportunity to appeal.

It is important to get legal advice if you’re being prosecuted for an alleged motoring offence and are in any doubt as to what you should do.

Driving without due care and attention

Driving without due care and attention can carry between three and nine penalty points which may lead to disqualification under the ‘totting up’ provisions (12 points or more). Prosecutions of this kind can arise as a result of a momentary lapse of concentration, unfamiliarity with a particular road or unexpected road conditions.

We will defend your case comprehensively from the outset, conducting site visits and obtaining expert reports where appropriate to build your defence and give you the best possible prospects of success at court.

Imprisonable motoring offences

Offences such as dangerous driving, drink driving and any offences involving a fatality can result in a prison sentence. We can offer a full service at the magistrates and crown court for all types of offences where a custodial sentence may be considered.

Mobile phone motoring offences

This type of case often depends on the witness evidence of police officers who allege they have seen a driver using a hand-held mobile phone. We have had considerable success in challenging this type of evidence at court where prosecutions have failed once this witness evidence is put under closer scrutiny.

Let us consider the strength of the evidence against you before you consider accepting a charge of this type.

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Exceptional hardship

If you receive 12 penalty points or more, you will be liable for immediate disqualification from driving. However, this can be avoided if you can persuade the court that ‘exceptional hardship’ exists.

Examples would be loss of livelihood leading to severe financial hardship for individuals or businesses, if the driver was disqualified; or significant impact on the welfare of others who are dependant on the driver and his ability to drive.

Special reasons

In some circumstances a driver can argue that ‘special reasons’ exist not to impose penalty points or disqualification as a result of an offence being committed.

Examples include the shortness of distance driven, emergency situations, necessity, or where the driver has been misled in some way in the case of no insurance or disqualified driving.

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