Road and Motoring Offences

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Road and Motoring Offences

A large proportion of people that come into contact with the police do so in relation to charges concerning motoring offences. Often those facing these offences will not have dealt with the criminal justice system before and could find the situation very stressful and daunting. The accused may have held a clean driving licence for years before suddenly being charged with a motoring offence. The effect on their lives can be fairly catastrophic and can result in a disqualification, fine and even imprisonment. This impacts not only the accused but also their family and dependants.

If you are facing an offence of this nature you should take immediate legal advice before speaking with police or attending court. Our specialist lawyers will take a pro-active approach to your case and can advise and guide you in all aspects of the law in this area and represent you throughout the whole process.

What are the various driving offences?

There is a long list of motoring offences such as:

  • Penalty points.
  • Driving without due care and attention.
  • Dangerous driving.
  • Driving whilst disqualified.
  • Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Failing to obey a traffic sign.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Causing death by dangerous or careless driving.
  • Driving without a license and/or insurance.
  • Totting up (points on license)
  • Disqualification due to health reasons.
  • Touting for hire.
  • Failing to provide a specimen.

The police are now also pursuing more drivers for using their mobile phone whilst in charge of a vehicle, following recent high-profile cases where failure to pay attention to the road has led to other road users being killed.

Sentences for road traffic offences vary greatly and are very fact-based. Factors such as whether there are similar previous convictions, if there are already penalty points on the driving licence, the speed and quality of the driving can all ultimately affect the sentence for someone found guilty of a driving offence.

Many people rely on their licence for their work, family life and social life. Being found guilty of a road traffic offence can be life-altering. Even receiving penalty points as opposed to a disqualification can have far-reaching consequences for some people, for example, those that need a clean licence for their job.

There are special defences for some of these offences and even where a person is found guilty of an offence, the resulting sentence can be greatly reduced with expertly presented mitigation. Our lawyers can persuade the courts in certain cases that there are special reasons not to disqualify you even if you have accepted you are guilty of certain driving offences.

Road and Motoring Defence Solicitors St Albans

Cars are a vital tool of modern life and losing your licence will impact not only on home life but could result in you losing your job. Serious cases can be highly technical and complicated and even result in prison sentences and so early, specialist representation is vital. Our lawyers work across offices in Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire and can represent you if you live elsewhere as we can see at home, in prison or police custody if necessary.

Finbarr Cuneen is an expert in motoring offences with a wealth of experience in this area. He has a comprehensive knowledge of road traffic law and the available defences. Our other experienced defence solicitors regularly advise and represent clients in relation to road traffic offences.

We can advise you under the Legal Aid scheme (this is generally not available except for the most serious offences) but if public funding is not available we will quote you a competitive price for our work. Our lawyers can apply for a Defendant’s Cost order which will mean that some, if not all, of your legal fees are recovered if your case is successful.

Contact our expert Defence Solicitors St Albans, Leighton Buzzard & Stevenage for further assistance.

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