Motoring offences are some of the most common types of prosecution cases seen in the UK’s courts. Under this umbrella there are many different types of charges – from speeding and driving whilst under the influence to death by dangerous driving and driving without due care and attention. Being charged with one of these offences could have serious long-term consequences for you and your family. Driving bans, fines and prison sentences are all very real prospects when faced with a motoring offence – so it’s important that you choose the right representation to ensure that your defence is the very best it can be.
I’ve been charged with a motoring offence. What should I do now?
If you’ve been charged with a motoring offence, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with a law firm with plenty of experience in the field like us here at Gray and Co. If the offence is serious, investing in legal advice now could save you a lot of money and potential difficulty in the future – as driving bans and imprisonment could understandably impact on your working life and family relations, sometimes irreversibly. Choosing a firm with specific knowledge regarding this area of law, in addition to a deeper understanding of how the charge affects you personally, increases your chances of being acquitted or being charged with a lesser offence carrying a more lenient penalty.
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You can be disqualified and banned from driving for an absolute minimum of 6 months – depending on the severity of the alleged offence and the minimum and maximum time periods for disqualification which that offence carries. Drink and drug driving offences for example carry a minimum 12 month driving ban. Of course, many of us rely on our vehicle as our sole form of transport both for our jobs and outside of work – so this can have a considerable impact on your life for a substantial period of time. Working with a specialist solicitor you can contest the proposed ban and present an airtight defence which could see the charge wiped altogether. For these reasons, it’s really worth considering if you can afford not to get the right representation in the early stages if you have been charged with a more serious motoring offence.
Will I go to prison?
Prison sentences are every driver’s worst nightmare – and could have the most serious consequences for your professional and personal reputation for years to come. Certain motoring offences can sometimes carry a prison sentence – notably cases where injury or death has been caused by dangerous or careless driving – however drink and drug driving offences can also result in time spent behind bars.
If you seek professional advice early on from a specialist solicitor, you may reduce the chances of being sentenced to time in prison. A solicitor with extensive experience in this field will have a good knowledge of mitigating circumstances and other areas of the law which can be utilised to give you the best possible chance in court.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a motoring offence, get in touch with us as soon as possible to see how we can offer advice and representation to achieve the best possible outcome and decrease the chances of you being landed with hefty fines, losing your licence or spending time in prison.