Driving and Speeding Offences

Accused of driving offences? Need urgent help? Lawtons Criminal Defence Solicitors are available now. Call us immediately on 0333 577 0522

Perverting the Course of Justice Defence Solicitors

Perverting the course of justice is an offence where the prosecution will seek to establish that a person has done an act or behaved in such a way that it was their intention that justice might have been avoided either for themselves or for someone else. Read more

Failing to Stop for the Police

It is a common misconception that if you ignore a speeding ticket or notice of intended prosecution that it will go away and it is likely you will receive a court summons for failing to identify the driver. Read more

Drug Driving Offence Solicitors

Driving under the influence of drugs, such as cannabis (weed) or cocaine, is a serious offence and can result in a lengthy disqualification from driving. Read more

Driving without Insurance Solicitors

Driving without Insurance is an offence where the burden is on the driver to show that he or she did have a policy of insurance that would have covered him or her to drive that motor vehicle at that time. Read more

Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving is where the standard of driving falls so far below the standard expected of a motorist, that a normal person would consider it to be dangerous. Read more

Texting While Driving / Using Mobiles

It is against the law to use a hand-held phone or similar electronic device whilst driving a motor vehicle. It makes no difference whether you are stationary, at traffic lights or queuing in traffic. Read more

Failure to Provide Breath Test / Urine Sample

Failure to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine is a sub-division of the drink driving laws. It covers the situation when you have been arrested for drunk driving, but for whatever reason don’t manage to provide a specimen. Read more

Speeding Offence Solicitors

Speeding prosecutions are common but should not be underestimated, they can result in big impacts in your personal life and career. It is critical you keep informed and act promptly on all timeframes you are given, in order to get the best possible outcome. Read more

Drink Driving Solicitors

Drink Driving is taken as a very serious offence, and is the subject of many awareness campaigns to prevent it. However, there are many lines of defence that can be taken with these charges. Whatever your situation, you should seek expert legal advice to get the best resolution possible. Read more

FAQs about Driving & Speeding Offences

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 classed as excessive speeding?

Excessive speeding is usually defined as 20 mph or more over the speed limit.

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.

Do you get a criminal record for drink driving in the UK?

Yes, if convicted of drink driving under section 5(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 you will have a criminal record.

Is it safe to drive after one beer?

Alcohol affects everyone differently. One person may be fine to drive after one or two alcoholic drinks depending on the type and size of the drink among other factors, while another is over the drink-drive limit after only one.

Can you refuse to be breathalysed?

You should never refuse to be breathalysed at the roadside as it is a criminal offence to refuse it. You be arrested and taken to the police station to do an evidential breath test, and could be fined up to £1,000 with 4 penalty points on your licence.

How do the police test for drug driving?

The police test for drug driving using a mouth swab test on the roadside. A blue line will appear if drugs are present.

What happens if you crash without insurance in the UK?

Although you might have legal rights in relation to the accident, if you are not insured you will be charged by the police for driving illegally.

What happens if I was not driving the vehicle at the time of the offence?

If you were not the driver, do not simply pass the notice to that person – you must complete and return the paperwork in compliance with the rules, and not leave it to chance that the other person will resolve matters as you may find yourself summoned to court. If you require further time to identify the driver, the police may grant you an extension of time.

Can you go to prison for wasting police time?

Yes. Up to six months imprisonment and a fine can be issued if it is proven that a person has deliberately been wasting police time. The offender will usually avoid criminal conviction with a fixed penalty notice and a £60 fine.

Have you been arrested? Contact us now to safeguard your future.

If you are accused of a driving or speeding offence, it is crucial that you contact expert solicitors. Call Lawtons on 0333 577 0522 to discuss your case, whether you face the potential of speeding points on your licence or a dangerous driving charge.

We are highly experienced in defending motoring offences and can work towards the best possible outcome for your case.

What are our fees for driving and road traffic offences?

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. We believe in operating an open and transparent pricing structure – see our fees listed here.