Driving and Motoring Offence Solicitors
Have you been accused of committing a driving offence? Are you worried about what might happen next? Our driving offence solicitors are on hand to provide robust legal support and representation to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome, no matter what your case relates to.
We understand how important your driving licence is to you and we want to keep you on the road. We know that a loss of your licence can lead to loss of your job, home and further personal problems. We are a long-established solicitor’s firm with a high proportion of actual experienced qualified lawyers rather than junior non-qualified staff.
Driving offences can have potentially devastating consequences, especially when the right legal support is not sought out at the earliest opportunity. This remains true regardless of the severity of the offence – any form of police investigation or criminal conviction can have immediate knock-on effects for your personal and professional life.
At JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors, we understand how daunting it can be to face an accusation of committing a motoring offence and, as such, are on hand to provide immediate legal advice and support. Our expert team of solicitors can help you to avoid charges, secure acquittal or minimise penalties for driving offences where conviction cannot be avoided.
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There is limited recourse for you if you are falsely accused. Click a selection of the cases we have covered. The best thing you can do is to instruct an excellent solicitor from the outset.
We have a detailed knowledge of motoring law and our vast experience means that you can be confident your case is in the most dedicated hands. We always provide clear advice in plain English, so you know exactly where you stand and how your case is developing.
Our team are largely qualified lawyers who all have many years of experience representing individuals on a wide range of motoring offences, including but not limited to:
- Drink driving
- Drug driving
- Failing to identify the driver
- Surpassing 12 penalty points (totting up)
- Driving whilst disqualified
- Driving while using a mobile
- Careless driving
- Dangerous driving
- Exceptional hardship
- Special reasons
How can we help?
We always work with the most experienced and best leading UK barristers, KCs (Kings Counsel). We cover all criminal cases 24/7 at the police station and court. Offices in London, Birmingham, and Manchester cover cases across England and Wales. We can offer Legal Aid and affordable Private fee agreements. We can see you the same day, including virtually. Our Senior Partners supervise all of our cases.
How quickly do you respond?
We respond quickly even during out of hours. We do not get our work by paying for online adverts but based on the fact that few criminal law firms can match our 45 years of experience. Most of our cases are still from word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied clients. We are called daily by dissatisfied clients from firms with less experience than us. We respond very quickly to new enquiries. We know what clients seek and so we update clients rapidly.
Can you get cases dropped?
We always keep you updated and give straightforward advice. We will get cases dropped early where the case is weak or should not be prosecuted. We will be upfront with you about where you can benefit from a good result with an early guilty plea, such as a discount on your sentence. As we work on cases across all levels with clients from all walks of life, we are excellent at giving clear, spot-on advice. As an established firm, we can allocate a whole team to your case often at short notice to secure evidence to minimise the damage to you.
Have you won any awards?
OUR PROFESSIONAL BODY THE LAW SOCIETY AWARDED US IN OCTOBER 2020 WITH THE EXCELLENCE IN CLIENT SERVICE AWARD AND STATED -
"JD Spicer Zeb demonstrated a clear commitment to client service through their work with vulnerable and diverse individuals in what can be severely traumatic circumstances".
Do you offer free consultations?
Where it is possible, we aim to provide an initial consultation to you. If we can speak to you, we can if required inform you about –
- Whether we can take the case on and our relevant experience.
- Public and private funding benefits.
- Assistance in applying for legal aid where we are likely to accept instructions.
- An outline of options in police interview only. We will not advise you on which option to adopt.
- Providing our free written guide explaining the police station process.
- The gravity of routine and day-to-day offences you face.
- Consequences of not attending the court or police station.
- Consequences of interfering with any witnesses.
- Retaining any evidence in support of your case.
- If possible an outline of the elements of the offence that the police or CPS must prove.
- This consultation will normally be by telephone or email and will only be for as long as we deem necessary to establish if we can act for you. If we cannot usefully give you any advice in this manner then we will not continue with the consultation. We will not discuss the case in depth for you to be able to decide on your plea or any significant aspect of the case, as this cannot be undertaken informally.
- Referring you, if possible, to other firms for matters out of our specialism or if we cannot help.
Consultations do not apply to the following cases –
- If we do not intend to take the case on.
- Road Traffic cases, drink driving, drug driving, driving bans, speeding, no insurance, mobile phone use, points etc.
- In all cases where we do not have the capacity to take your case or the availability of suitably qualified staff to provide an initial free consultation. This is applicable in all cases but especially where a more senior lawyer is required because of your personal needs or the complexity of the case.
- Harassment/stalking/ coercive behaviour/malicious communications or road traffic cases and most sensitive cases. These cases are often too complicated to assess in short consultations.
- The locations concerned may be too distant to represent you adequately or it may not be cost-effective for you or us.
- The case is too complicated to assess or raises various charges or facts, complexity, or history to be considered informally or in a short consultation.
- In most Legal aid transfers where legal aid is granted to another firm except in very grave cases, we may assess the case and merits for a transfer.
- If your relationship has broken down with your existing solicitor or several solicitors.
- If you have been released under investigation and have already had a police station attendance.
- If you hold legal aid with another firm and seek a second opinion.
- If you are calling on behalf of the client as a friend or family member unless you have full authority and full facts.
- To businesses.
- Advising whether you were given good advice by your other solicitor.
- Whether to decide to plead guilty or not guilty.
- Whether you have an arguable defence in law or factually complicated defences.
- Any advice you have had after your first court appearance.
- Any advice on appeal on conviction or sentence.
- If we feel we are unable to communicate with you.
- If we are likely to be conflicted or breach our professional rules.
Our highly experienced motoring offence solicitors offer:
- 24/7 legal support in person and over the phone, 365 days a year
- Representation anywhere in England and Wales
- Accredited Police Station Representatives to support you during a police interview
- Clear, effective legal advice in any language (see our languages spoken)
Whether you have been accused of a motoring offence, have been arrested, charged, released on bail or under investigation, or are worried about your current legal position, get in touch with our driving offence solicitors as soon as possible.
Speak to our driving offence solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham today
For an initial consultation on your legal position and the available options, please call 020 7624 7771.
For urgent advice at any time of day or night, please call our emergency number 07836 577556.
Our motoring offence solicitors can also represent you at Willesden Court if you are due to make an appearance there. This means that our costs will likely be lower, as we are a local firm to the court.
Our driving offences expertise
If you are found guilty of committing a drink driving offence, you could face a fine, a mandatory driving ban or even a prison sentence in the worst cases. The severity of the penalty depends on the individual circumstances and whether it is your first offence.
For example, being found guilty of being in charge of a vehicle while over the limit may lead to a three-month prison sentence, a £2,500 fine and a driving ban. In contrast, being found guilty of a drink driving offence as serious as causing death while under the influence of drink could result in 14 years’ imprisonment, an unlimited fine, and a driving ban of at least two years.
It is worth noting that it may be possible to reduce the penalty you receive for a drink driving offence if certain actions are taken, such as a drink-driving rehabilitation schemes (DDRS) course.
Under UK law, it is an offence to drive if you are unfit to do so because you are using legal or illegal drugs, or you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood. This is true even if your standard of driving has not been affected.
If you are convicted of taking drugs before driving, the penalties start at a minimum one-year driving ban, an unlimited fine, a six-month prison sentence and a criminal record.
Failing to identify the driver of a vehicle when requested by the police or another authorised person is a criminal offence. The law states that the registered keeper of a vehicle is responsible for providing details to identify a driver who is alleged to have committed a motoring offence.
Being convicted of failing to name or identify a driver could lead to a maximum fine of £1,000, six penalty points on your driving licence or a full revocation of your licence if you are a new driver.
If you receive 12 or more penalty points within three years, you can be disqualified from driving.
The length of the driving ban will be decided by the court, based on how serious the offence(s) are deemed to be. Your ban can last:
- 6 months, if you get 12 or more penalty points within 3 years
- 12 months, if you get a second disqualification within 3 years
- 2 years, if you get a third disqualification within 3 years
Driving while serving a disqualification is a criminal offence which can lead to various additional penalties. This could lead to the original driving ban being extended or, in more serious cases, a prison sentence.
The defences to driving while disqualified are often limited, which highlights how important it is to seek legal representation if you are to avoid prosecution or receive a reduced penalty.
Using a mobile phone while driving is illegal and could lead to penalty points and a fine if you are convicted.
However, as the use of a mobile phone while driving can coincide with more serious offences, such as careless driving, the punishments may be more severe.
An individual’s driving is deemed to be ‘careless’ when it ‘falls below the expected standard of a competent driver. This may include actions such as accidentally driving through a red light, incorrectly using a lane or driving unnecessarily slowly.
Being convicted of careless driving will result in penalty points on your licence, a driving ban and/or fine. However, causing death by careless driving is a much more serious offence which could lead to prison sentences.
Dangerous driving is where someone’s standard of driving falls far below what is expected of a competent and careful driver. Offences that fall under this bracket may include speeding, ignoring road signs, overtaking dangerously or knowingly driving a vehicle with a dangerous fault.
Dangerous driving is a serious offence in itself but causing death by dangerous driving can lead to very severe penalties – including 14 years’ imprisonment. Expert criminal defence is required in these situations to prove that the driving was not dangerous or that it did not contribute to the death.
An exceptional hardship is what can be submitted by you, as a defendant, as part of your plea in court to retain a driving license, following the accumulation of 12 or more penalty points.
An exceptional hardship plea will typically contain any information you can provide on how a driving ban will impact your life beyond a level that might normally be expected.
Our driving offence solicitors can work alongside you to submit an exceptional hardship argument, putting forward a sufficient case that justifies keeping hold of your licence.
In certain cases, there may be exceptional circumstances that caused the driving offence to take place. These are referred to as ‘special reasons’ and, if successfully put forward, can result in a lighter penalty, or no penalty at all.
Examples of special reasons may include where:
- Your drink was laced or spiked leading to a driving offence
- There was an emergency situation
- You were misled into believing you were insured to drive
We can review your individual case and advise on whether putting forward a special reasons case would be in your best interests.
Why choose our driving offence solicitors?
If you have had to head to the police station, or court, for a driving offence, it is absolutely vital that you receive the right legal advice and support for specialist motoring offence solicitors at the earliest opportunity.
While you can use a duty solicitor in these situations, they may lack the specialist expertise required to support your case.
Our dedicated solicitors have a wealth of combined experience in a variety of driving offences and use this to provide expert advice and representation to give you the best chance of securing a positive outcome for your case.
We will guide you through the entire process with clear, straightforward advice that allows you to understand your situation, rights, options and possible outcome.
Our dedicated motoring offence lawyers are ready and available to act in your defence, around the clock, including on weekends and bank holidays.
We can also represent you at Willesden Court if you are due to make an appearance there. This means that our costs will likely be lower, as we are a local firm to the court.
Funding your motoring law defence
Funding police station representation
If you have been arrested, or are being interviewed under caution, you are entitled to free legal representation. This can be from a solicitor of your choosing and is not means-tested.
Funding your legal defence if you are prosecuted
If you are charged with a motoring offence and prosecuted, you may be able to apply to have some or all of your legal defence costs covered by a Representation Order, often referred to as ‘legal aid’.
The amount of financial assistance you receive and how you apply will depend on the type of court the prosecution takes place in.
Should you need to self-fund some or all of the cost of your legal representation, we will clearly explain all of the likely costs and our fee structures. Whether you receive legal aid funding or not, any contribution you make to your legal costs will be refunded if you are found not guilty.
Contact our driving offence solicitors today
For urgent specialist advice, immediate representation or to speak to our solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham confidentially about a driving offence, please call 020 7624 7771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can fill out our quick online enquiry form and we will get back to you quickly.
For immediate representation and advice, call our emergency number 07836 577556 and we will provide you with the urgent assistance you need.
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