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Driving licence retained Following successful Exceptional Hardship Argument Lavender Hill Magistrates Court 2024

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Our client retained his driving licence retained Following Successful Exceptional Hardship Argument Lavender Hill Magistrates Court 2024

Our client was a Regional Director for a company that had 9 penalty points on his licence and acquired a further 15 points for an additional speeding offence and two offences of failing to provide information relating to the identification of a driver of a named vehicle that had committed speeding offences. 

He required his driving licence because –

  1. He is required to attend various business sites as a part of his employment. A disqualification would have resulted in the loss of his employment.
  2.  He is a joint carer for his mother requiring him to take his mother to her hospital and GP appointments. 
  3. His sister has medical issues requiring our client to assist her with the joint care of their mother.

We met our client on a private competitive fixed fee basis and provided advice on the strengths of his case establishing swiftly that his case was meritorious.

Where you obtain 12 or greater penalty points on your driving licence within three years, you could be disqualified from driving for a minimum of 6 months. In some cases, the ban you receive could be extended.

If it is not possible to dispute the court's order of 12 or more penalty points, a driving ban does not always follow. JD Spicer Zeb’s Traffic Traffic team can argue that you would suffer from ‘exceptional hardship’ if you were to receive a driving ban.

Exceptional hardship arguments go beyond highlighting the immediate difficulties facing anyone who receives a driving ban. Examples of exceptional hardship arguments include, but are not limited to:

  • If you have serious health problems that will get worse
  • Where carer for another with a serious health issue
  • If you will lose your income and job
  • Potential homelessness if you can not pay rent or mortgage when stop working

In this case, we demonstrated that our client would suffer Exceptional Hardship if  he were disqualified from driving for the following reasons:- 

  • Loss of his employment. This would also impact his ability to pay his rent and outgoings. 
  • He would not be in a position to care for his mother and take her to her hospital and GP appointments. 
  • The loss of his licence would cause his sister hardship in looking after their elderly mother. 

Our client retains his driving licence and job and was delighted with the outcome.  

If you find yourself facing a speeding case in London, it’s crucial to have expert legal representation. Speeding offenses can lead to penalties, fines, and even disqualification from driving. However, there’s a legal argument called “exceptional hardship” that can help you avoid or reduce a driving ban.

What is Exceptional Hardship?

Exceptional hardship refers to extreme inconvenience or suffering beyond what the law considers appropriate for a totting-up ban. When you accumulate 12 or more penalty points on your license, you face a mandatory disqualification. However, if you can prove exceptional hardship, the court may reduce or avoid the disqualification.

JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors

JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors is a national practice with a large team of excellent lawyers and support staff. We specialise in criminal law and have extensive experience in preparing and successfully arguing exceptional hardship applications before the Magistrates’ Court. Our track record includes helping many clients avoid mandatory totting-up disqualifications.

JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors have received multiple national awards and are recognised by independent review platforms. Their commitment to client service excellence earned us the Law Society Excellence Award in 2020.

 JD Spicer Zeb stands out as solicitors in London who can assist with speeding cases and exceptional hardship:

Exceptional Hardship: A Vital Defence

When facing a driving ban due to totting-up points, exceptional hardship can be your lifeline. It goes beyond inconvenience, addressing significant impacts on your career, family, and finances. If you’re falsely accused or need to avoid disqualification, seek expert legal advice early to maximise your chances of success.

Remember, exceptional hardship is not just everyday inconvenience; it must be truly exceptional. Evidence is crucial, and hardship claims should be supported by proof in person or in writing. JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors can guide you through this complex legal process.

Don’t let a driving ban disrupt your life—fight for exceptional hardship and stay on the road.


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