Driving offences

Driving offences

Our specialist road traffic offences team understands that the potential loss of your driving license can have a severe affect on your personal, family and business life.

Here at IMD Solicitors we are committed to providing a professional and practical approach to ensure that we limit the chances of fines, points on your license or even losing your license.

Driving offence cases typically dealt with by IMD Solicitors include (but are not limited to):

  • Exceeding 12 penalty points , known as “totting up system”
  • Speeding offences
  • Driving under influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Careless and dangerous driving
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving whilst using a mobile phone
  • Document offences (driving without a license or MOT)
  • Failure to provide a specimen
  • Failure to furnish information / failing to provide driver information

Our team provide legal advice that is second to none and a dedicated Solicitor will handle your case from start to finish.

Totting up disqualification

You will be disqualified from driving if you accumulate 12 or more penalty points on your license within a period of three years. This is often refered to as the “totting up system“. The court will arrange a hearing  where a disqualification from driving for a mninumum period of 6 months will be considered.

If you are are able to prove on the balance of probabilities that mitigating circumstances exist, the magistrates have a discretion either not to disqualify you from driving or to disqualify but for a shorter period than 6 months.

To avoid a disqualification under the penalty points system you will need to pursuade the court that such a disqualification would cause exceptional hardship to your and your family.

It is extemally important to obtain an expert legal advice and representation so that the exceptional hardship argument can be carefully considered. We will make sure that you are provided with  the advice and guidance essential to secure  the outcome you want.

Drink Driving

It is an offence to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle, on a public road or other public place whilst in excess of the prescribed alcohol limit.

In order to be charged with the drink driving offence the proportion of alcohol in your body must exceed the following limits:

  • 35 mictogrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath
  • 80 mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood
  • 107 mg of alcohol in 100ml of urine

The minimum penalty you could receive is a 12 months disqualification and a fine dependant on your financial means.  Being charged with drink driving offence does not mean that you will automatically lose your license. It is important to carefully consider  the circumstances of the offence to see if a special reason can be succesfully argued.

Special reasons include:

  • Spiked drinks
  • Short distance driven
  • The reason for driving was in a response to an emergency

Arguing special reasons can be difficult, therefore is is important that you obtain advice from an expert solicitor who will help you to protect your license.

Many  people do not think that having representation in court is necessary when pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving, however  being represented by a experienced solicitor is essential to advise you which circumstances can be used as mitigating to ensure that you receive the lowest sentence possible.

Contact our expert multi-cultural criminal team today to discuss your needs.                      

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