Have you been accused of committing a driving offence? What are the penalties for committing a driving offence in the UK?

If you are found guilty of committing a driving offence, the consequences can be severe. Nick Titchener, director and solicitor advocate at London Criminal Defence Solicitors, Lawtons, discusses this complex area of the law and its implications.

Our team of driving offence solicitors are highly experienced in defending every motoring offence, from speeding to driving without valid insurance.

Whether you are facing prosecution for being found guilty of drink driving, or you have failed to provide your driving licence when requested to do so, we can help with the knowledge and experience to provide the best possible outcome for your case.

Lawtons are the top criminal defence solicitors in London and the Home Counties.

What are the types of driving offences under UK law?

There are several types of motoring offences classified by UK law, including:

  1. Speeding
  2. Careless driving
  3. Dangerous driving
  4. Driving without insurance
  5. Driving while disqualified
  6. Drink driving
  7. Drug driving
  8. Driving whilst using a mobile phone
  9. Causing death by dangerous driving
  10. Failure to notify the DVLA
  11. Failure to provide a specimen when requested to do so

We are highly experienced in defending all of the above motoring offences.

What are the penalties for driving offences in the UK?

The criminal courts in the UK – whether the magistrates’ traffic court or the crown court – have a range of penalties and sentences that they can impose for the varying types of traffic offences, from driving over the speed limit to causing death by dangerous driving.

The sentence for dangerous driving imposed will depend on the nature and circumstances of the motoring offence. For example, if you are found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving – which is the most serious driving offence – you are liable to face imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.

Most driving offence penalties are governed by sentencing guidelines, i.e. the number of speeding points given or the length of a driving ban is usually calculated by the speed being travelled and the relevant speed limit on the road.

For example, if you are found guilty of travelling at 51 mph or above in a 30mph speed limit, you could face being disqualified from driving for up to 56 days or given 6 penalty points on your driving licence.

At Lawtons we have a wealth of experience and expertise in defending a wide range of motoring offences. Every road traffic offence case is different and our expertise as driving offence solicitors means that we can assist you through all steps in your case – from receiving a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) to a court date.

Whether you face the potential of speeding points on your licence or a dangerous driving charge, Lawtons are here to help. For legal advice and assistance or to discuss the specifics of your own case, contact our expert team.

About the author

Nick Titchener, director and solicitor advocate of Lawtons, is a dedicated criminal solicitor with considerable experience in legal cases including sexual offences, violence and assault. Nick’s measured and methodical approach means he thrives on even the most complex case.

Nick also oversees the overall management of Lawtons Solicitors, a specialist firm of criminal law defence solicitors with branches across London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex.

See below for a list of case studies relating to defending clients accused of driving offences:

Case turned around at Aylesbury Crown Court– October 2017