If you’re about to go to court for a driving offence, be it speeding, drink driving or careless driving, you’re probably beating yourself up daily. You’re a good person, you know you are; but now you’re facing potentially serious consequences for an error of judgement or a lapse in concentration.
There may be a side of you that wants to take the punishment, as you know you did something wrong, but then this could have terrible effects on your family. If you’re the breadwinner and your job needs you to have a driving licence, or if you care for infirm relatives, you need to try to reduce the effects of your mistake on them. You need to engage a team like motoringoffencelawyers.com to help you get the fairest punishment possible, or, in some cases, avoid it entirely.
Over 100,000 motorists are caught speeding each year. Some accept Fixed Penalty Notices of £100 and three points on their licence. Others see their cases go to Court. Lawyers can defend these cases by looking for flaws in evidence or police procedure. If you’re at risk of disqualification, your lawyers can reduce the length of your disqualification period, or maybe prevent it compleyely.
If you’re likely to be banned under the totting-up scheme
The totting-up scheme means that if you accumulate 12 or more points over three years you face an automatic ban, usually for six months. Many motoring lawyers have shown that the driver – who may have been just a bit careless or a bit too fast a few times – would suffer exceptional hardship. In such circumstances a disqualification could be avoided.
If you were caught without insurance
Driving without insurance can result in a fine of up to £5,000 and six to eight penalty points. If your lawyer can argue you had one of a few special reasons for driving uninsured or that the statutory defence applies, you could reduce the penalty or avoid it altogether.
If you’re charged with careless driving
Careless driving is when you’re deemed to be driving at a standard below the minimum accepted level or when you have been seen to be driving without consideration for other road users. These offences can see you fined up to £2,500 and receiving up to nine penalty points. Lawyers can help with these cases too.
Dangerous driving can end up with you being banned for a minimum of 12 months and, in extreme cases, even go to prison for up to two years. Each case varies, of course, but a team of good lawyers can reduce the severity of your punishment or even get your case dismissed.
If you’ve been drink driving
Drink-driving is illegal for good reason and you can receive a six-month prison sentence (more if you were involved in a serious accident) and a lengthy ban. You could keep your licence (and your liberty) if your defence team can spot flaws in the prosecution case or if you have good medical grounds for your high alcohol readings.
You already feel terrible for your mistake, so do the right thing and shield your family from the after-effects by bringing in expert lawyers.