Helping you achieve the best possible outcome when charged with a motoring offence.
If you have been charged with a motoring offence, the two most pressing questions you are likely to want answering are:
- Can I challenge the charge? and, if not;
- Is there anything I can do to reduce the severity of the penalty?
The good news is that, with the right sort of advice, the answer to these questions may well be ‘yes’.
Whether you have been charged with speeding, driving without tax or insurance, driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, careless driving, driving while using a mobile phone or even causing death by dangerous driving, there are usually steps you can take to improve your position, even if you are a repeat offender.
Mistakes can be made in the collection and analysis of evidence, and manufacturing faults or problems with road conditions can contribute to a vehicle’s handling and performance.
How our motoring offence experts can help
An experienced motoring offences solicitor will ensure that, where appropriate, checks are carried out to confirm that the correct procedures were followed in the period leading up to you being charged, including the location and settings of speed cameras, the taking and testing of samples of breath, blood and urine, the interviewing of witnesses and the examination of any crash site. Checks can also be made on the vehicles involved to assess for any defects that may be relevant.
Even where guilt is undeniable, you are entitled to the best defence possible and to do whatever you can to improve your chances of achieving a good result.
Consideration can be given to any courses you could agree to attend in return for a reduction in sentence, and the chance to keep your licence or avoid being imprisoned, such as a speed awareness course or a rehabilitative course for drink-drivers.
The penalty for some offences can be influenced by what are known as ‘mitigating circumstances’, which means that the severity of the penalty can be reduced if you can show that there are good reasons why a lighter sentence is appropriate. These reasons could be related to the offence itself or to the consequences for you and your business or family if you were to be imprisoned or lose your ability to drive.
Being charged with a motoring offence can cause a great deal of anxiety, particularly where you face the prospect of losing your licence or being imprisoned. Expert legal advice, provided straight away before any admission of guilt is made, can make a huge difference to the outcome. Our expert dispute resolution lawyers have a proven track record in helping to:
- determine whether an offence has been committed;
- assess whether the charge can be challenged;
- scrutinize the evidence being relied on;
- compile independent evidence to question or disprove the prosecuting authority’s version of events, where appropriate;
- explore ways in which the severity of a sentence may be reduced;
- provide representation at the police station and at any subsequent court hearings; and
- handle an appeal against a sentence.
At Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford, Hertfordshire, our motoring offence experts advise clients throughout England and Wales on:
- Road traffic offences
- Driving with excess alcohol
- Careless driving
- Failing to stop after an incident
- Failing to report an accident