The offences of Failure to Stop and Failure to Report an Accident are serious and as such can attract up to ten penalty points and disqualification from driving. They can also attract a fine of up to £5000 and in the most serious cases, possible imprisonment of up to 6 months.
Owing to the nature of these offences you will be assisted by having a solicitor with specialist knowledge to represent you at Court. Rodney King & Partners Solicitors have a wealth of experience helping clients with a range of motoring offences.
This offence is when a vehicle has been involved in an accident and the driver of the vehicle fails to stop at the scene, and when required to do so, does not exchange or provide their details.
The driver of the vehicle need only stop if he knows or should have known that a road traffic accident has taken place. In some cases it may be possible that the driver was unaware that an accident had taken place, and this could be used as a possible defence if a prosecution is subsequently brought.
The offence of Failure to Report an Accident occurs where a driver does not report the accident within 24 hours to the police.
This requirement only exists if the motorist did not stop at the time and exchange relevant details with the other party involved in the accident.
Reporting an accident to the Police must be done in person and cannot be done by telephone.
Rodney King & Partners Solicitors offer a service which will provide clear, practical legal advice and assistance. We have a proven track record of defending motoring cases.
Our solicitors will carefully scrutinise the evidence and consider with you available defences, and whether there is a good prospect that you can successfully defend the case if it goes to trial.
If our advice is that an offence has been committed, then we will work with you to put forward the strongest mitigation on your behalf to reduce the Court’s punishment, whether that be inconvenient penalty points or even a risk of disqualification, or a hefty fine.
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.