Our motoring solicitors accept clients in every part of England and Wales
Our motoring solicitors defend our clients for all motoring offences, including speeding and excess alcohol, and also have a track record of success in cases involving serious accidents and paperwork offences. We have been in practice over 30 years. We operate nationally and we have motoring lawyers in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Salford and London’s Fleet Street. Read more about the types of case our motoring solicitors specialise in below.
Our motoring solicitors regularly act for drivers accused of speeding offences, either where a high speed is being alleged, or where the client risks losing his or her licence because of the rules on ‘totting up’ at 12 points. We have an excellent track record in both fighting the evidence against our client and also in saving the client’s licence when 12 or more points are reached.
In cases where drink driving or other alcohol related offences are charged, we defend our clients by challenging the technical and any other evidence so that a conviction can be avoided.
Where the client wishes to plead guilty, we can try to limit the ban to something that the he or she can live with. Our motoring lawyers have particular expertise in cases where failure to provide a specimen or drunk in charge of a motor vehicle is alleged.
Cases involving Dangerous or Careless Driving
Our motoring solicitors have extensive experience in acting in cases of careless and dangerous driving, including cases where damage or injuries have followed. These cases can result in lengthy bans and in the case of dangerous driving, a prison sentence.
We are experts at fighting these cases, using specialist expert witnesses where it assists the client. We are also familiar with all the law and defences relating to failure to stop and failure to report an accident, which often accompany careless and dangerous driving charges.
Failure to give information as to the identity of the driver
Our motoring lawyers have been acting in cases involving s.172 of the Road Traffic Act since the offence of failure to identify the driver came into law, and have fought these cases successfully with a fantastic acquittal rate. We often fight these cases on technical defences, and of course are experts in effective use of the ‘reasonable diligence’ defence.
Our motoring solicitors have acted in many cases of no insurance and other offences such as permitting of use of a vehicle without insurance. Our motoring lawyers prepare these cases to win, and where it is not possible to win outright, we are experts in pleading ‘Special Reasons’ so that all points are avoided.
Our motoring solicitors’ case studies
Any motoring lawyer can claim to have expertise in different types of motoring case. We have included here some case studies to give some idea of how we prepare our cases.
Our client was accused of travelling at 39 mph in a 30 mph zone. He was a businessman of good character with a clean licence, and informed us that he was sure that he was not travelling at that speed. He did not stand to lose his licence, but was so annoyed at what he felt was a clearly incompetent prosecution that he called us.
We requested 19 items of documentary evidence from the prosecution.
Some of our requests included:
- the qualifications of the Police Officer to use the Laser Speed device, an LTI2020
- the certification and usage record of the device itself
- written evidence showing how the device was used when our client was passing the speed trap.
The initial prosecution response was that we were engaged in a “fishing expedition”, and therefore they did not have to disclose this information. The legal rules relating to freedom of information, however, have never supported this attitude, and we began to put pressure on the Prosecution to provide us with what we required. When the Police Officer dealing with the case finally received our requests, the prosecution simply dropped the charge.
Our client was accused of driving with excess alcohol, with a reading of 51 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. He was involved a minor collision with another car just outside his house. He had come inside, where his wife and a family friend were waiting. He had already had a small amount to drink before the accident, but not enough to be over the limit.
In the house, suffering from minor shock, he drank two brandies to calm his nerves. The police arrived shortly afterwards, he was breathalysed, arrested, and later charged.
He instructed us to represent him. Because he had not been over the limit at the time of driving, he had a defence to the charge. This defence is called “post-driving consumption” or also “the hip flask defence”.
It was not, however, simply a case of disclosing this defence to the police. This defence had to be supported in court by medical reports. We also called his family as witnesses that he had drunk the brandies after driving. One of our drink driving lawyers represented him in court, and he received the following verdict:
Verdict – Not Guilty, with a warning from the magistrates to take more care when driving.
Our client was a businessman accused of hitting another car at a roundabout, failing to stop, and failure to report the accident to the police (for details of these two other offences click the button on the left hand toolbar). As well as the failure to stop and report the accident, he received a summons for driving without due care and attention.
He was accused of driving into the other car on purpose, then speeding off. As a respected professional person, he vigorously denied this, and we prepared a case that involved numerous character witnesses, as well as commissioning a technical report into the accident which showed that the damage could have been caused by a simple nudge, which he might not even have noticed. After the first hearing we put our case to the prosecution who dropped the case against our client.