Many motoring offences carry penalty points ranging from 2 to 9, depending on the seriousness of the offence. The phrase ‘Totting Up’ is used to describe the situation when someone reaches the level of 12 penalty points gained through two or more different offences.
The law states that anyone who reaches the level of 12 penalty points in a period of 3 years will receive an automatic disqualification of 6 months. If you have already had a previous disqualification then the ban may be extended to either 1 or 2 years.
We recognise that receiving a driving ban could cause you considerable problems such as no longer being able to carry out your job, earn a living or look after the needs of your family.
At Rodney King & Partners we have a great deal of experience in helping Clients wo face motoring offences and we will offer you the best chance of reducing or avoiding any penalty imposed by the Courts.
In some cases it is possible to avoid a disqualification from driving. Your solicitors must show the Court that a driving ban would lead to you or your family suffering ‘exceptional hardship’ as a result of the penalty being imposed. If the Court can be convinced of this then you may be spared a ban or receive a lesser penalty.
Showing ‘exceptional hardship’ is more complex than simply showing that losing your job would be a problem. The imposition of a driving ban is a penalty and is therefore meant to cause a level of hardship. An experienced solicitor may be able to show that the level of hardship would, in your case, be so exceptional that it should be avoided.
You do not need a solicitor to represent you at Court, but would be well advised to consider obtaining one, and particularly if your case is complicated and/or you think you might want to plead not guilty. A Court will not be impressed by someone with little understanding of the law trying to defend himself based on hearsay and incorrect advice.
A solicitor with specialist knowledge and experience of motoring law will offer you the best chance of achieving a favourable outcome in your case.
Contact us to speak to one of our solicitors and to find out how we can help you.