Motoring Offences Specialists
If you have been accused of a motoring offence, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. The law surrounding motoring offences is complex, and the consequences of conviction can be severe. At Stephensons, our team of experienced motoring law solicitors can provide you with expert guidance and support through every stage of your case.
There are a number of different types of motoring offence, but some of the most common include:
- driving without insurance
- dangerous driving
- drink driving
- failure to stop at a red light
If you accumulate 12 or more points on your driving licence within a three year period, you will be classed as a ‘totter’. This means that you will be liable to a minimum six month driving ban if you are caught speeding, using a mobile phone whilst driving or committing any other motoring offence.
If you are caught speeding, the number of points you will receive depends on how much over the limit you were travelling. For example, if you are caught driving at 41mph in a 30mph zone, you will receive four points.
Similarly, using a mobile phone whilst driving carries a penalty of six points and a fine of £200. If you are caught twice, you could face a driving ban.
Other offences which can lead to points on your licence include not wearing a seatbelt, failing to stop at a red light and careless driving.
If you have been classed as a totter, it is important to seek legal advice from a solicitor as soon as possible. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action and help you to avoid a driving ban.
Depending on the severity of the offence, you could face a fine, points on your licence or even a prison sentence. In some cases, you may be able to avoid, reduce a conviction and/or avoid a ban by pleading ‘exceptional hardship’.
Exceptional hardship is a defence that can be used in certain motoring offence cases. It is important to note that exceptional hardship is only available in limited circumstances, and it can be very difficult to prove. In order to successfully plead exceptional hardship, you must be able to show that:
- A conviction would cause you or your family exceptional hardship; and
- here are special reasons why you should not be convicted
If you want to plead exceptional hardship, it is essential that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. Our team of motoring law experts can provide you with guidance and support throughout the process, and can help you to build a strong case.