Motoring offence solicitors

Motoring offence solicitors

For many normally law-abiding people, the only time they may find themselves on the wrong side of the law is if they are facing penalties for motoring offences. Purcell Parker can help you with any aspect of road traffic law by offering the services of some of the most experienced lawyers in the UK. Our high levels of expertise include representing clients in connection with cases involving exceptional hardship where a driving ban would result in a consequence such as loss of employment and securing reductions in the length of driving bans. 

‘Special reasons’ in motoring cases 

In certain circumstances, a ‘special reason’ may be a valid part of your defence. As many motoring offences are one-off incidents committed by individuals with an otherwise blemish-free record, the circumstances of an offence are very often caused by external factors that cause the offence to be committed, such as speeding in a medical emergency. While a special reason does not amount to a defence in itself, if there are external circumstances that should be taken into account by a court, our specialist motoring solicitors can advise on how they can be presented in court as mitigating circumstances.

A personal approach to motoring offences

Our first class service takes into account the fact that your driving licence is an essential part of your daily life, particularly if you need it to do your job. We use our expertise and vast experience in this area of the law to achieve the best possible outcome for every case we deal with. We are also fully aware that many of our clients in this situation have had no previous reason to seek advice about motoring offences. Bearing this in mind, we may be able to meet you at a time and place convenient to you.

Paying for a motoring offence lawyer

Not all road traffic cases are eligible for legal aid. However Purcell Parker can provide this if your case falls into this category and your personal circumstances mean you qualify for legal aid. If not, our private fees for motoring matters are as follows: 

Plea and sentence hearing – £595 plus VAT

Additional hearings (e.g. sentence) – £395 plus VAT

Half day trial – £1,500 plus VAT

Full day trial – £2,000 plus VAT

Effective defence for all motoring offences

Every road traffic case is unique, however our specialist motoring solicitors can help with the following areas:

Drink driving

Being in charge of a vehicle when unfit to drive can result in fines of up to £2,500, up to 3 months imprisonment and a driving ban. If you are caught actually driving a car while under the influence, or you are a repeat offender, the penalties can be significantly more severe, with long prison sentences recommended for those who cause death by dangerous driving when drunk. Purcell Parker’s dedicated lawyers have a proven track record in successfully defending drinking driving cases. Potential defences include:

Factual defence:

You were not driving at the time of the accusation (for example if you chose to sleep in your car while drunk, and although you were in charge of it, it can be demonstrated you were not planning to drive).
You were not driving in a public place.
You were driving in extreme circumstances like a medical emergency where no alternatives were available and the consequences would have been life-threatening if you had not driven.
The ‘hip flask’ defence can be proven, for example when you drank alcohol after a road collision but before being breathalysed.

Technical defence:

  • It can be proven that there was a procedural error when taking your breath, blood or urine sample.
  • It can be proven that there was a fault with the equipment used to take your sample.

Reasons not to disqualify:

  • It can be proven that your drink was spiked.
  • You were driving an extremely short distance (such as moving your car).
  • You were driving under duress and would have been in danger had you not done so.

As well as successfully defending drink driving cases, Purcell Parker can fight your corner to get the best possible outcome where a conviction is inevitable. This includes where appropriate, securing the option to get a reduction in your driving disqualification by attending rehabilitation course with the Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS).

Speeding offences

In April 2018, tougher new laws came into force for more serious speeding offences.  For many people who commit a minor speeding offence, a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued with 3 points on their licence or if they qualify, the option to attend a Driver Awareness Course. However, although being caught by a speed camera or by police radar usually provides proof of speeding, our specialist solicitors are experienced in successfully contesting speeding cases in certain circumstances. They also have a proven track record for securing reduced punishments for clients due to mitigating circumstances.

We can use our tried and tested defence strategies to ensure the best possible outcome for you when you are facing the often life-changing consequences of losing your licence.

Using a mobile phone while driving

Operating a mobile phone or any hand-held device can have severe penalties due to the fact that drivers are four times more likely to have an accident when using their phone behind the wheel. However, if you have been accused of using a mobile phone when driving, we can provide expert advice to decide whether you have a reasonable defence against the allegation.

 

Driving without due care and attention

Also known as ‘careless driving’, this charge can be made if the police judge that your driving falls short of what is expected from “a competent and careful driver.”  Examples could include:

  • Causing a collision with another driver
  • Tailgating (driving too close to the driver in front)
  • Pulling out from a side road into the path of another car
  • Undertaking (overtaking another vehicle from the left hand side)
  • Hogging the middle lane on a motorway

Penalties for careless driving vary widely according to the severity of the offence, but can range between 3 points on your licence and a fixed fine of £100, to a fine of £5000 and up to 9 penalty points in more serious cases.  If your charge is less serious it may be possible for you to attend a Driver Awareness Course to avoid the negative consequences of points on your licence such as increased insurance premiums. Discretionary disqualification is also a possibility. If you are issued with a Fixed Penalty or a summons to a Magistrates’ Court for driving without due care and attention, contact us at Purcell Parker immediately.

Dangerous driving

Dangerous driving is a serious offence. The court will normally consider imposing a prison sentence and a lengthy disqualification, especially in cases where a driver has caused death by dangerous driving. If you have been arrested for dangerous driving, it’s crucial to speak to the motoring solicitors at Purcell Parker straight away to get expert advice on the best possible course of action.

Our solicitors are on call 24-hours a day. We can be contacted before the police are involved or from the police station and can advise you from the very beginning of your case. If you are charged with dangerous driving we can provide you with an experienced motoring lawyer to plead your case at court.

Every case is unique but possible defences for dangerous driving can include:

  • You can argue that your driving was not under the expected standard required.
  • You were driving under duress, for example to escape violence.
  • A previously undetected mechanical fault caused you to lose control of the vehicle.
  • A previously undiagnosed medical condition such as epilepsy caused you to lose control behind the wheel.

Driving without insurance

Driving without insurance has hefty penalties which can involve penalty points and a fine of £5000 or even a driving ban. Mistakenly believing you were insured is not a defence and may not be seen as a valid mitigating circumstance. Contact Purcell Parker to discuss your case and get advice on the best course of action.

Free, confidential initial advice for motoring offences

As well as these common areas of road traffic law we can also help with issues such as drug driving, failing to report an accident or stop at the scene of an accident, driving without a licence, letting someone drive your car uninsured, refusing to provide a breath sample and more. If you have been accused of any type of motoring offence, contact Purcell Parker today for free and confidential initial advice on 0121 236 9781 or email info@purcellparker.co.uk.

Our solicitors are highly experienced in all areas of road traffic law. If you have been accused of speeding, drink driving or another motoring offence, get in touch to find out how we can help you.