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With clients throughout England and Wales, our motoring offence solicitors have decades of combined expertise and experience successfully defending people’s driving privileges. If you need a specialized motor offence solicitor, Pearl Lemon Legal is the business to call.

 

Whether you have been charged with drunk driving, speeding, careless driving, or even causing a death through unsafe driving, our motor offence solicitors can provide you with guidance and support as well as expert legal representation in court. To speak with a specialist on motor vehicle offences, get in touch with us today.

 

Driving offences are common and pose a particular risk to business people who rely on their driving privileges to do their job or run their business. Our knowledgeable motor offence solicitors serve clients across the country and have a strong track record of assisting clients in retaining their driving privileges.

 

Even in situations when a disqualification is required and cannot be avoided, shortening the duration of the driving disqualification can help people return to the road many months sooner than they would have otherwise.

Expert Motor Offence Advice From Proven Experts

A driving offence can range from being trivial to being very serious and having life-altering repercussions. Technically, you do not need to engage a motor offence solicitor to answer to these offences, but it is often the best course of action, both from a monetary standpoint and in terms of losing your licence to drive (or even your liberty)

 

As your motor offence solicitors, we can help you determine the appropriate course of action if you have received a notice of intending prosecution or have been contacted by the police.

 

It is always advisable to get in touch with us before a court date is scheduled because some choices, such driver awareness classes, become unavailable once a court date has been fixed.

 

If you have been served with a summons to court, our solicitors can advise you of the expected result of your case and, if required, represent you in court, particularly if you face a driving ban or other type of disqualification.

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Our Areas of Driving Offence Expertise

Pearl Lemon Legal’s specialist motor offence solicitors can provide guidance on a variety of offences, including but not limited to:

Speeding

The majority of the time, drivers accept speeding convictions without contesting them in court or consulting a solicitor who specializes in motor vehicle offences. The best course of action? Contact our team of knowledgeable motor offence solicitors if you have been accused of speeding.

 

When drivers fail to seek legal counsel after allegedly committing a speeding offence, they risk obtaining extra points on their license or, in more severe cases, losing their ability to drive due to the totting up process if they already have a number of points from prior offences. Even charges for reckless driving might result from a speeding offence in some instances.

 

Speeding prosecutions are frequent because there seem to be speed cameras everywhere, but any conviction could have a profound impact on your life. Given the possibility of a driving ban and the potential effects it could have on you, your family, and your job, it is highly recommended that you speak with a specialist motor offences solicitor as soon as possible.

Careless Driving

Many claims of careless driving or driving without the proper care and attention can be effectively contested. By carefully scrutinizing the prosecution’s evidence to spot flaws and putting forth a solid factual defence to show that you did not drive in the manner claimed, our expert motor offence attorneys can help you retain your driving privileges in full and minimize or eliminate fines.

Drink Driving

Drink driving has negative effects that are well documented. Most people are aware that it means a ban following conviction. For first-time offenders, the minimum disqualification period after a drink driving conviction is 12 months, and in more severe cases, it can last up to 3 years. You may also receive a fine, a community order, or a prison sentence in addition to the ban, depending on how serious the offense was.

 

Given the significance of your driver’s licence – and your freedom – in today’s fast-paced society, it is essential that you seek the appropriate legal counsel from a motor offence solicitor before appearing in court to guide you in choosing how to respond to a charge. A drink driving conviction can have extremely negative effects on one’s life and minimising those is a must.

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Dangerous Driving

The prosecution must establish that your driving behavior “falls far below what would be anticipated of a careful and competent driver” in order to convict you of dangerous driving.

 

A driver may be charged with dangerous driving for a number of reasons, including but not limited to: driving at high speeds, aggressive driving, overtaking when it is not legal to do so, disobeying traffic signs, operating an unroadworthy vehicle, and driving while intoxicated or under drug-related impairment.

 

The consequences of a dangerous driving conviction can be harsh, but an experienced motor offence solicitor will advise you not only on any defence you may have – and present that defence vociferously on your behalf – but the best course of action in any guilty plea if the evidence of dangerous driving behaviour is irrefutable.

Driving Without Insurance

If you are accused of driving without insurance, the penalties for doing so can be harsh. As much as it is universally disliked, vehicle insurance is a must.

 

The law mandates that before operating or parking a car on a public highway, a motorist must have at least third party insurance. If you are found guilty of operating a vehicle without insurance, you could receive a 6- to 8-point penalty or an unlimited driving ban. The Court may also impose an additional fine of up to £5,000.

 

You may also find yourself in legal trouble if you permit a third party to operate your car when you are aware that it is not adequately covered by insurance or that it is uninsured.

 

There are sometimes defences to be made in these situations that can minimise the consequence of driving without insurance and our motor offence solicitors can advise you if they apply in your case, or of any steps that can be taken to reduce the penalties you will face.

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Mobile Phone Driving Offences

Mobile phone driving offences are, of course, relatively new when compared to the other types of motor offence you can be charged with. In fact, many people are still unaware of what the law states in relation to mobile use while driving.

 

The use of a hand-held cell phone while driving is explicitly prohibited under UK law and is subject to a fine and three penalty points. However, in more extreme situations where using a phone while driving has clearly put others at risk, a charge of reckless driving may be made, which may result in a prison sentence.

 

If you would like to discuss your case with one of our expert motoring solicitors or lawyers, contact us for guidance. A cell phone usage while driving allegation need not result in a conviction, and we can advise you how to best resolve your case.

Totting Up Driving Bans

According to the totting up provisions in the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, a driver will be subject to a minimum six-month driving ban if they accrue 12 or more points over the course of three years.

 

However, if a driver can convince the Court that the totting up disqualification will cause them significant hardship, they may be able to avoid it. The help, advice and representation of a motor offence solicitor can prove invaluable in these circumstances.

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Does a Court Appearance Mean a Driving Ban Cannot Be Avoided?

This is perhaps the most common question we hear as motor offence solicitors, and there is no single answer to it.

 

Driving while intoxicated to an excessive level and dangerous driving both result in mandatory driving disqualifications lasting at least 12 months, with a retest required for dangerous driving after that year has passed before driving privileges are restored.

 

Any motor offence that carries points can result in disqualification at the court’s discretion. When the reported speed is 30 mph over the speed limit, the courts will consider disqualifying the driver in speeding cases. Each case involving these types of offenses will be evaluated on its own merits, but generally speaking, the court will consider the gravity of the offense, mitigating circumstances relating to the offense or the defendant, prior convictions, and the defendant’s financial situation.

 

A driver will be ineligible under the totting up provisions for a period of six months if they receive 12 points in a three-year period. If it can be demonstrated that a ban would put “totters” through extraordinary hardship, we may be able to assist them, as motor offence solicitors, in avoiding such a ban.

 

In addition to careful planning and evidence collecting, it’s critical that the case be properly presented to the court. In circumstances like this, we have a lot of success and experience under our belts.

 

Even though every case is unique, if you discuss the details of your motor offence situation to one of our lawyers, we can give you an idea of the type of penalty you can anticipate. If we believe you should be concerned about something, we can reassure you or inform you of the best possible action to take. But we cannot do any of this unless you contact us!

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