There’s been a number of changes to sentencing guidelines for those convicted of motoring offences in England and Wales.
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Losing your driving license can be devastating, with potentially serious implications for your job, home life and personal relationships.
There are many different types of motoring offences. If convicted of a motoring offence, you could face penalty points, a driving ban or even a criminal conviction. Types of motoring offences include:
- Failing to provide a sample of breath, blood or urine
- Drink driving, or driving whilst under the influence of drugs
- Failing to identify the driver of a vehicle
- Careless driving / driving without due care and attention
- Dangerous driving
- Causing death by careless driving / death by dangerous driving
- Driving whilst uninsured
- Driving whilst disqualified
- Failing to stop at the scene of an accident, or failing to report an accident
Navigating the legal system on your own can be incredibly time-consuming, confusing and stressful. We have created a guide to motoring law in the UK which you can download here. We hope you find the guide helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns we’re here to help.
At Regan Peggs Solicitors in Birmingham, West Midlands, we have specialist experience in all areas of motoring law. We can help you to avoid or appeal any sanction you may be facing.
With an excellent track record of successful appeals, we have helped hundreds of drivers to avoid penalty points and bans. We’ve also negotiated reduced disqualification periods or custodial sentences for many others.
Whatever your circumstances, contact our Birmingham-based team today to discuss how our motoring offence solicitors can help. There is almost certainly something we can do to keep you on the road.
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In some circumstances it is possible to persuade a court not to impose penalty points because there is a “special reason” not to do so. This is a technical legal phrase and we can advise you about whether it applies in your case.
Contact our Birmingham-based team today to discuss how we can help you avoid penalty points.
Usually, accumulating 12 points on your driving licence leads to a minimum ban of 6 months.
With a variety of motoring offences put in place to keep Britain’s roads safe, it is only in certain circumstances that disqualification can be contested in court.
For example, in the case of a person facing a ban due to drink driving, if the driver was operating a vehicle, but their drink had unknowingly been spiked, the court may grant a ‘special reason’ verdict.
This would mean the driver would either avoid a driving ban altogether or make the disqualification last for as short a time as possible.
A legal professional would put this plea forward to the court to ensure the driver gets justice in this particular set of circumstances.
In other cases where a driver’s livelihood or ability to care for members of their family would be greatly impacted following a loss of licence, in certain circumstances, a solicitor can recommend an ‘exceptional hardship’ plea.
If a driver has accumulated 12 points or more on their licence but requires a car to care for a sick relative, travel to work in a location where public transport is minimal or impacts the livelihoods of third party employees due to a business not being able to operate, the driver may also be able to avoid a ban.
The ‘exceptional hardship’ plea is only considered where a driver has proof of the impact the loss of license will cause on a person’s life, and should only be used on a case by case basis.
If you are facing a driving ban and would like to speak to a specialist motoring offences solicitor, our Birmingham-based team at Regan Peggs Solicitors are happy to provide you with expert legal advice.
Very often defendants go to a Magistrates’ Court without a solicitor, expecting to be cleared or receive points, yet end up walking away with a conviction or a ban. We find that this can frequently happen because their case was not presented properly.
If you are in this position, we can advise whether it is possible to make an appeal to the Crown Court.
There is usually a 21 day deadline for lodging an appeal so it is important that you get in touch immediately to discuss matters. However, if you have missed this deadline we can advise you on whether you have grounds to ask the court to allow you to appeal out of time.
Contact our Birmingham-based team today to discuss how we can help you appeal a conviction or a ban.
Costs relating to motoring law
At Regan Peggs Solicitors, one of our specialisms is motoring law.
With around 25% of our work relating to this area, we have experience dealing with cases across a full range of complexity.
See our Motoring Practice Area page for more information about how we can help you.
Your motoring case will be dealt with by one of our experienced solicitors or paralegals:
- Regan Peggs – Regan is a solicitor and advocate with specialist experience in motoring law, qualified to represent clients in Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, tribunals and senior courts. He founded Regan Peggs Solicitors in 2015, after a decade spent at two of the most respected law firms in the Midlands.
- Jayne Skeates – Jayne is a dedicated, talented, and professional Solicitor with over 30 years’ experience of working in many jurisdictions within the legal profession.
- Gemma Tibbatts – Gemma is an experienced trainee solicitor at the firm. After graduating with a first class honours degree in Law in 2016, Gemma successfully completed her Legal Practice course and Masters in Law in 2017, both with distinction. Before joining Regan Peggs Solicitors, she worked as a paralegal in the criminal department of one of Birmingham’s largest law firms.
- Charley Gee – Following graduation, Charley joined Regan Peggs Solicitors in 2020 as an administrator. Charley prospered in the role and, having shown passion and skill, achieved a promotion to paralegal in 2021.
Basic and administrative aspects of cases may also be dealt with by our interning paralegals, who join the firm on a regular basis from Birmingham City University.
Indicative costs for motoring cases are as follows:
- Guilty Plea and Sentence: Starting from £800, plus VAT
- Not Guilty Plea and Trial (simple): Starting from £1000, plus VAT
- Not Guilty Plea and Trial (complex): Starting from £2000, plus VAT
Statutory Declarations: £400, plus VAT
Correspondence to the Court/Police: £400 plus VAT
Appeal costs are generally within a similar range.
All fees are based on our standard hourly rates of £200-250 for solicitors, and £100-150 for paralegals. All fees attract VAT (20%).
These figures do not include travel to outside courts.
For Crown court cases, costs are often covered by insurance providers. In the event that this is not possible, we will agree costs up front.
Motoring Offence Articles
Got a specific question about our motoring offence services? Browse our selection of useful articles below, or get in touch if you can’t find what you’re looking for – we’re always happy to discuss your case, and will either help you directly or refer you to someone who can.
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