Our individual driving offences services
No matter what type of driving offence you are facing, we have the experience and expertise to uncover all the relevant facts and mitigate any negative consequences for you.
The first indication that you have been recorded speeding may be a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) arriving on your doormat. This does not necessarily mean, however, that you will be prosecuted. You may qualify for a speed awareness course or a fixed penalty as an alternative to prosecution. The police must comply with strict time limits in relation to the issue of a NIP, otherwise, it will not be considered valid .
Your response to a NIP requires a choice by you. We can give you clear advice on the best path to take.
Whether your case is at this early stage or you have already received a summons for speeding, our expert speeding offences solicitors are on hand. We will aim to diligently check the evidence that the prosecution have against you and identify any available defence that you could properly deploy.
We would consider, for example, whether the speed limit was actually operational at the time, whether the signage was correctly displayed and the reliability of the device that the police used to capture your driving. While these devices usually are considered reliable there may be instances where the particular device was not properly functioning, and therefore it could be argued that the speed captured is not safe to rely upon.
Like everybody, the police make mistakes. We will be on your side to make sure that if there is an argument that can be advanced to challenge the evidence, it will be. This may lead to you facing no conviction and therefore no penalty points or disqualification.
If everything is in order concerning the evidence, you may still avoid points on your licence if there are what is considered in law ‘special reasons’ for your breaking the speed limit. Our speeding offences lawyers will discuss the particular facts of your case with you and if these expose a ‘special reason’ that can be advanced we will do that for you.
Totting up offences
If you accumulate 12 points on your licence within a 3-year period, you will face having your driving licence revoked for at least 6 months. For those who passed their driving test less than 2 years ago, the threshold is only 6 points, and the driving test will need to be re-taken.
Our expert driving offences lawyers can help you avoid disqualification via ‘totting up’ if the particular background facts to the case mean that what in law is called ‘exceptional hardship’ can be successfully advanced on your behalf.
Drink driving offences
Being found guilty of drink driving will mean a minimum 12-month ban for driving combined with other penalties.
If you have been charged with a drink driving offence, we will thoroughly examine the procedure used by the police. The procedural requirements that the police have to follow are complicated and technical. It is important, therefore, to have specialist advice to identify where the police have made a mistake. Where the error is significant, this could lead to the case being dropped before trial or you being found not guilty at trial.
If there is no defence available to you, we discuss your full background circumstances with you. This means that at court, we can seek to argue for the minimum possible penalty, taking into account the appropriate sentencing guidelines. We will also discuss reducing the length of any ban with you via the drink-drive rehabilitation scheme (DDRS) course.
Careless and dangerous driving offences
The difference between careless driving and dangerous driving is not always immediately apparent and understood. With the sentences being much harsher for dangerous driving, making sure your offence is classified correctly is essential.
Our driving offences solicitors are highly experienced in establishing the differences between the two types of offences. We have a strong track record of achieving the best possible outcome in even the most serious cases, such as those involving death by dangerous driving.
Driving disqualification avoidance
While some offences, such as drink driving or death by dangerous driving, bring with them an automatic driving ban, for other offences that can be more room for manoeuvre.
Due to our high level of expertise and experience in driving offences, our team can give you the best chance of avoiding disqualification from driving in even the most challenging of circumstances.
There are some technical arguments against a driving ban that we can deploy where appropriate, meaning it may be possible to help you avoid a ban with our expert representation.