Motoring Offence Solicitors
Driving & Motoring Offence Solicitors
Our team are highly experienced in dealing with a range of motoring offences. From speeding, drink driving and drug driving to careless or dangerous driving. Failing to stop or report an accident or failing to provide driver details.
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Motoring Offence Law Firm
If you’re being convicted of a motoring offence it can be a harrowing experience that has a life-changing impact. Not just on you, but in most cases on your family as well. You could face penalty points on your licence, a significant fine or, in more serious cases, jail time.
Motoring offences can range from speeding offences, drink driving and drug driving to careless or dangerous driving, failing to stop or report an accident or failing to provide driver details. Motoring law is not always easy to navigate. Getting specialist advice from experienced motoring offence lawyers is vital.
Whether you need legal representation for a road traffic offence or have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution you need to respond to, our motorist defence team at Rotheras can help. We would advise contacting our team as soon as you can. This is because delaying the process of dealing with any type of motoring offence can result in an increased penalty or losing the chance to appeal.
We have a site dedicated solely to Motoring Offences whilst still using the same expert Transport solicitors. So if you’re looking for more information about types of offences, our team, where we operate or case studies from some of our previous clients, then head over to Keep Me On The Road. If you feel you’ve read enough and want to speak to one of the country’s leading transport Law teams for legal advice and representation, give us a call now on 0115 910 0600.
What are motoring offences?
Motoring offences are crimes committed whilst driving. Punishment for motoring offences can range from a fine and points on your license to suspension of driving (not being allowed to legally drive) or, in the most serious cases, imprisonment.
Examples of some motoring offences include:
- Speeding offences – such as driving above the speed limit
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to stop
- Failure to report an accident
- Using a mobile phone whilst driving
- Driving on a suspended license
- Dangerous driving – such as ignoring road signs
- Death by dangerous driving
Do I need a solicitor for driving offences?
Whether you need a driving offence solicitor will depend on the offence you are charged with and your circumstances. Typically, reasons to seek legal advice for motoring offences are:
- You have reasonable grounds to challenge the charges;
- The offence could lead to the suspension of your driving licence, or;
- You are facing the possibility of imprisonment.
Most driving offences in the UK tend to be speeding offences. Unless you have reasons to challenge the offence (such as you were not the driver of the car), or you could face disqualification or suspension of your licence, a solicitor may not be needed.
However, for more serious cases that could lead to significant fines, disqualification or imprisonment, it is recommended to get legal advice from trusted motoring defence solicitors.
Is a driving offence classed as a criminal offence?
A driving offence is classed as a criminal offence if you plead guilty or are found guilty either at a Magistrates Court or a Crown Court.
Some offences may be recorded as ‘spent’ after a certain amount of time. Once a conviction is classed as ‘spent’ you will no longer have to declare it. How long this time period is will depend on the circumstances of your offence.
Does this include speeding offences?
Speeding offences are not always considered criminal convictions. Depending on how the offence is dealt with, it may not even appear on your criminal record.
If you are able to pay the fine within 28 days, or are invited to take part in a speed awareness course, then the offence will not appear on a criminal record. However, if the fine goes unpaid and/or you’re taken to court and found guilty, it will be recorded as a criminal conviction.
Why use Rotheras for Motoring Offences?
- You will be assigned a dedicated solicitor who will handle your matter from start to finish.
- Significant experience dealing with a wide range of motoring offences.
- We will discuss the circumstances of your offence in detail with you to decide on the best approach. Whether that’s defending your case or aiming to keep any sentence to a minimum.
- Represent clients across the UK.
- Can often help to reduce or avoid a disqualification.
- Provide representation in court where necessary.
- Advice on a variety of offences as well as procedures such as NIPs and exceptional hardship.
- Police station representation available.
- Out of hours service.
- Free initial consultation.
- We can meet with you in person or communicate with you via phone or email.
- Where we are unable to represent you in court ourselves, we will brief your case to a well-known and trusted barrister or advocate.
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Anton Balkitis leads the Transport Law team and is a nationally recognised Transport and Motoring Law specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Chris Powell is a senior associate solicitor at Rotheras, specialising in road transport law and motorist defence. He advises and represents haulage and PSV operator licence holders, Transport Managers and drivers on all road transport regulatory matters.
Olivia Maginn is a transport and motoring law specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Lindsey is a Paralegal based in our transport and motorist offence department.
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