At Rodney King & Partners Solicitors we recognise the importance of your driving licence to your daily life and employment, and that a disqualification can have a potentially devastating effect.
We assist Clients for a wide range of motoring and speeding offences, including motorists who have been caught speeding on the M4 and M5 motorways, and have received a court summons to appear at one of the local Magistrates’ Courts in Bristol, Bath, North Avon (Yate) or North Somerset (Weston-super-Mare).
Wherever possible we will try to persuade a Court not to disqualify a driver, or keep the period of disqualification as short as possible, according to the mitigating arguments that we are able to put forward.
Speeding offences can vary in how seriously they are treated by the law. In minor cases they may be dealt with by issuing penalty points and a small fine; in other cases you may be prosecuted for Dangerous Driving and face a ban or even imprisonment.
If you already have substantial penalty points on your licence, even an additional 3 points being issued could lead to reaching a total of 12 months and therefore being eligible for an automatic driving disqualification. This is known as ‘totting up’ of penalty points.
If you are in this situation then it may be possible to argue a disqualification if mitigating circumstances can be shown. If mitigating circumstances exist, and your solicitors can argue your case effectively, it may be possible to obtain a lesser penalty and avoid a disqualification.
This type of defence can be used where there are Special Reasons why the offence was committed, or where the imposition of a penalty may cause Exceptional Hardship. Please see our page on Defences for Motoring Offences for more detail about these.
Do I need a solicitor for a Speeding offence?
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 themselves 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.