Have you been accused of a driving or speeding offence? If you are found guilty, the consequences of a conviction can be severe. It is crucial at this early stage that you contact a team of expert solicitors. Contact Lawtons today on 0333 577 0522 to discuss your case.

 

What Lawtons can do for you

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 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.

We are one of the most highly regarded criminal defence firms and have same of  the top criminal defence solicitors in London and the home counties, so let us help you out.

 

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

The team at Lawtons are highly experienced in defending all of the above motoring offences, with over 100 years’ combined experience. They take a methodical approach in order to achieve the very best outcome possible.

 

What are the penalties for driving offences in the UK?

Penalties and sentences vary hugely depending on the offence, from driving over the speed limit to causing death by dangerous driving.

Sentences for dangerous driving 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. The number of speeding points or the length of a ban is usually calculated by the speed 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.


What are our fees for driving and road traffic offences?

We believe in operating an open and transparent pricing structure. To this end, we do not charge excessive fees, nor are we the cheapest option, but we will work with you to achieve the best result possible in the circumstances of your case.

We are required to provide price information for assistance in relation to summary only motoring offences under Part I of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. This information is intended to provide assistance with our costs in respect to the legal representation that is needed for these offences.

 

The most common types of these offences include:

  1. Drink driving
  2. Drug driving
  3. Failing to provide a specimen in connection with a drink or drug related case
  4. Driving without due care and attention
  5. Speeding
  6. Failing to provide driver details
  7. Failing to stop/report after an accident

We tend to work on a fixed basis and the cost information provided below is based on a typical guilty plea and sentencing scenario.

 

Our standard fee would be £1000 plus VAT and includes:

  • 2 hours attendance/preparation:
    • Considering evidence
    • Taking your instructions
    • Providing advice on a likely sentence
  • Attendance and representation at a single hearing and half a day magistrates court hearing.

 

The fee does not include:

  • Instruction of any expert witnesses
  • Taking statements from any witnesses
  • Advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons/exceptional hardship hearing
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
  • Disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses in attending court

 

Contact us today

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 on 0333 577 0522.

 

Case studies: successfully defending our clients

Driving a motor car whilst unfit through drugs – case dropped – November 2019

Prosecution drop charges of ‘failing to provide a specimen for analysis’ in drug driving case – November 2019

Successful appeal against driving disqualification at Luton Crown Court – May 2018

 

Q&A

 

Is it illegal to use a hands-free device while driving?

No. The handheld use of a mobile phone while driving, whether texting, calling or otherwise, is against the law, even if you are static at traffic lights – however, the use of a hands-free device to make calls while driving is permitted.

 

What’s the maximum sentence for speeding?

A fine can be up to £1000 but often speed awareness courses are offered for a first offence in lieu of penalty points and fines. However, a more serious speeding conviction can have life-changing consequences. 

 

What’s the difference between careless driving and dangerous driving?

Careless driving is when the standard of driving falls below the acceptable standard expected of motorists. Dangerous driving falls significantly further below that and is therefore a much more serious offence.