Many of us rely heavily on our car to get to work, take the kids to school, and for other everyday activities. However, the cost of motoring has increased, with insurance premiums proving especially expensive. Being convicted of a driving offence means can see your premiums rise considerably, and some offences also carry hefty financial and even custodial sentences. Just because you have been accused of a driving offence does not necessarily mean that you will be found guilty. Our barristers can represent you and may be able to help you avoid a ban or other punishment.
Speeding is one of the most common driving offences. Whether you have been caught by a GATSO speed camera or a mobile unit, it may be possible to provide a defence that means you avoid points, fines, and other punishments. Cameras must be properly calibrated, vehicle details accurately recorded, and the offence properly prosecuted.
An increasingly common offence is that of using a mobile phone or handheld device while driving. It is also illegal to use such a device if you are in charge of a learner driver. Receiving penalty points, if you already have a number of them on your licence, could lead to a ban, so it is important that you receive sound legal representation.
Careless Driving Offences
Careless driving (driving without due care and attention) is defined as driving below the standard which would be expected of a competent and careful driver. It is a commonly charged offence which on conviction can lead to penalty points or even disqualification. A prison sentence can be imposed where the careless driving leads to death, and a sentence of some length is likely where additionally a drink driving offence (see below) has also been committed.
Drink Driving Offences
Drink driving offences (sometimes referred to as “excess alcohol” offences) are considered very serious, and being found guilty of this type of crime could lead to a loss of licence, a loss of your job, and even a custodial sentence. Our barristers will be able to help ensure that you have suitable representation and a fair trial.
Dangerous Driving Offences
Dangerous driving, whether it has led to a serious accident or had the potential cause an accident, is treated very seriously by the courts. Sentences are particularly severe where people have been killed or injured.