If you’ve ever been accused of a driving offence, you’ll know it can be a stressful time. Motoring offences can seem like one of the most complicated areas of law. If convicted, it can result in penalty points being added to your licence or immediate disqualification from driving.
What’s more, the law dictates if you accumulate 12 penalty points or more in three years, the court will disqualify you for at least six months. And if you’re new to driving, passing your test within the last two years, your licence can be revoked if you get just six penalty points.
Our driving offence solicitors can provide much-needed support and advice during these times, with the aim of minimising the impact on your lifestyle.
What can you get points for?
There are several motoring offences for which courts can give you penalty points. They refer to it as endorsing your driving record and can also fine you for various wrongdoings. The offences are varied and cover all behaviours which could pose a risk. As an example of what motoring law covers, here are a few incidents which might land you with points:
- Failing to stop after an accident (5 to 10 penalty points)
- Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks (6 to 8)
- Careless driving (3 to 9)
- Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road (3 to 6)
- Breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, such as using a mobile phone (6)
For a full list, visit the GOV.uk. Depending on the offence, these points will stay on your licence for three to 10 years.
How can motoring solicitors help?
Losing your licence can have a devastating impact, as most of us rely on them for day-to-day life. With the ever-increasing number of prosecutions for motoring offences, it is vital that you receive expert legal advice if your licence is at risk.
Whether you’ve been accused of careless driving, driving whilst under the influence, speeding or anything else, our motoring offences solicitors have experience in protecting people’s licences.
Many of the clients who we’ve helped had clean licences for years before being faced with penalty points or mandatory disqualification. The complexity of the law works to your advantage. With our expertise in this area, we may be able to save your licence, reduce the time spent disqualified or limit the number of penalties by considering:
- Technical defences
- Evidential deficiencies
- Special reasons
- Exceptional hardship
The team of motor offence lawyers at Gullands understand all defences which can be used under the provisions of the Road Traffic Acts. We can appropriately apply all areas of law which might apply in any case. For example, did you know that if you have been disqualified for over two years, you can apply to the court for the early return of your licence?
Contact the Gullands team
We will happily provide a free initial telephone consultation to see if we can make a difference in your case. You can contact the motoring law team by telephone on 01622 689707 via email [email protected], or by completing our online contact form.
For all other services, we charge a fixed free:
- 30-minute face-to-face consultation — £75 plus VAT
- 30-minute consultation and preparation of letter to court — £150 plus VAT
- Case preparation and representation at one court hearing — from £350 plus VAT
Should your case proceed to trial, we can provide estimates of our costs on a case-by-case basis. We would arrange for representation at trial by an expert barrister for a fixed fee and make sure that, if acquitted, the court grants an order for your costs to be refunded out of Central Funds, subject to taxation.
We’ll help keep you on the road.