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If you’ve been accused of committing a motoring offence, you need the support of a road traffic offence solicitor to give you the best possible chance of defending your case. Not only can hiring a specialist motoring defence lawyer help you to avoid a conviction, but in the event that you are convicted, they will be able to work towards reducing the penalty that you face, whether that’s a fine, a driving disqualification or even imprisonment.

Most of us rely on our cars and driver’s licences to function in our everyday lives. From commuting to work, to attending social gatherings and caring for our families, a car has become a necessity to over 77% of the British population. When charged with a motoring offence there can be consequences that range from minor inconvenience to loss of livelihood. 

Why do I need a Road Traffic Offence Lawyer?

A Road Traffic Offence Solicitor (also known as a Traffic Offence Lawyer) can help you with any motoring offence. You can consult with them to decrease your penalty or appeal your charge and defend your innocence.

You might need a Road Traffic Solicitor if you have been charged with:

Or if you need advice on:

Motoring law can be complicated, and you may find that you must defend yourself against experienced prosecutors who specialise in Motoring law. In order for you to have the best possible outcome, you need a professional defending you.  With our outstanding reputation and experienced Motoring Offence Solicitors, you can have total peace of mind.

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I have been charged with a traffic offence, what do I do now?

Even people who see themselves as law-abiding citizens can get distracted on the road and slip up.  Speeding and using a mobile phone while driving are the most frequent causes of traffic offence charge and are easy mistakes to make when you are on the road every day and have a busy life, but even more serious traffic offences can happen to anyone. 

Traffic Offences fall into two categories, namely, Minor Offences and Major Offences.

For Minor Offences the police will issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). These are an administrative alternative to court proceedings and have a fixed penalty of a fine, points on your licence, or the requirement to attend a course. 

If you believe you are innocent and do not accept that you have committed the offence, or if you believe there are circumstances that should be considered, then you can contact us before accepting the notice for an obligation free consultation to see how we can help you.

Minor offences include things like:

These offences can be brought to your attention through a letter in the post, or you might be pulled over on the road by law enforcement. 

Major offences include things like:

Offences that are deemed serious are dealt with at the Magistrate’s Court and it is always advisable that you have a Road Traffic Offence Solicitor or Lawyer with you who is able to advise you and assist you in getting the most favourable outcome.

Regardless of the severity, however, a solicitor can be of great assistance in decreasing the penalty for the charge brought against you.

Your best possible course of action is to contact Caddick Davies for an obligation free and free consultation.

A lot of cases can be overturned – even minor offences. In 2018 a woman in Grimsby appealed a charge of speeding 20% over the limit, and upon examination of the photographic evidence, police found that she had actually been driving below the speed limit!

If you believe you are innocent, it is always worth contacting a solicitor to advise you.

How long do traffic offences remain on my licence?

An endorsement or offence stays on your driving licence for four years from the date of conviction. There are three offences that stay on your licence for 11 years, these are:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (this can include medication as well as illegal drugs)
  • Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs 
  • Causing death by careless driving under the influence of alcohol, then failing to provide a specimen for testing

Will I get a criminal record for receiving a Road Traffic Charge?

You will only have a criminal record if the court convicts you of a motoring offence. You will need to declare this to insurers, potential employers, education course providers, and sometimes even other countries if you require a visa.

Criminal offences are usually cleared after five years, although they can last much longer depending on the offence.

A criminal record can have devastating consequences on multiple aspects of your life and you should always seek legal advice about the ways in which you might be able to avoid a criminal record.

What do I do if I have 12 penalty points on my driving licence?

By law if you accumulate 12 Penalty Points or more within a three year period you will receive summons to appear before the Magistrates’ Court where you will face disqualification for a minimum period of 6 months. This is commonly known as a “totting up” disqualification.

If you find yourself in this position you can make an application to the courts to not disqualify you upon the grounds of “exceptional hardship”. The courts consider exceptional hardship to be real hardship that involves the motorist or third parties who will be affected. You might be affected by:

  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of accommodation or losing your house
  • Disability
  • Inability to care for family or anyone you are responsible for caring for
  • Risk of redundancy

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If I have been charged with a major offence will I automatically lose my licence?

Certain offences always result in disqualification, or the removal of your driving licence. 

With the expertise of a Road Traffic Solicitor you will be able to appeal your charge and there is a good chance your solicitor will be able to get your penalty decreased, depending on the circumstance. 

The following penalties are laid out as government guidelines for Road Traffic Offences

Offence Maximum Penalty Point on your licence
Causing death by dangerous driving 14 years imprisonment, unlimited fine, obligatory disqualification for a minimum of two years Disqualification (or 3-11 points if you receive exceptional circumstances)
Dangerous Driving two years imprisonment, unlimited fine, obligatory disqualification for a minimum of two years Disqualification (or 3-11 points if you receive exceptional circumstances)
Careless or Inconsiderate Driving Unlimited fine, discretionary disqualification 3-9
Driving while unfit through drink or drugs or with excess alcohol: or failing to provide a specimen for analysis Six months’ imprisonment, unlimited fine, obligatory disqualification Disqualification (or 3-11 points if you receive exceptional circumstances)
Failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident Six months’ imprisonment, unlimited fine, discretionary disqualification 5-10
Driving while disqualified Six months’ imprisonment, unlimited fine, discretionary disqualification  6
Driving after disqualification on medical grounds Six months’ imprisonment, unlimited fine, discretionary disqualification  3-6
Driving without insurance Unlimited fine, discretionary disqualification 6-8
Using a vehicle in dangerous condition Unlimited fine for Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) or Passenger-Carrying Vehicles (PCV), £1,500 fine for other vehicles, obligatory disqualification if offence committed within 3 years of a previous conviction for a similar offence 3
Failure to have proper control of the vehicle  £2,500 for LGV or PCV, £1,000 fine, discretionary disqualification 3
Using a mobile phone while driving £2,500 for LGV or PCV, £1,000 fine, discretionary disqualification 6
Driving outside of accordance with your licence £1,000 fine, discretionary disqualification 3-6
Speeding £1,000 fine or £2,500 for motorway offences, discretionary disqualification 3-6
Other minor offences £1,000 fine, discretionary disqualification 3

If you’ve been charged with a road traffic offence and need assistance then Caddick Davies Solicitors can help. We have a specialised team of traffic solicitors, whose expertise has been called upon by both citizens and the press for their reputable knowledge in Road Traffic Offences. They are reliable experts in their field and you can be sure of excellent service. 

It is best to get in touch as soon as possible after receiving the Road Offence charge. We offer a free Initial Consultation and are recognised as the leading firm of specialist Speeding Solicitors, Drink Driving Solicitors & Motoring Solicitors, providing advice and representation on all motoring offences including speeding, the avoidance of disqualification on penalty points or “totting up” (exceptional hardship) , driving without due care and attention (careless driving) , dangerous driving and drink driving. Your case will be expertly handled by one of our Road Traffic Offence Solicitors, no matter the charge. 

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Legal expertise available nationwide

Caddick Davies provides national coverage for all major cities throughout England & Wales. This means we are ideally positioned to offer top quality legal service, with our road traffic offence solicitors available to represent clients at motoring courts in London, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Nottingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Norwich and any other location in the UK. So, if you ever find yourself facing investigation or prosecution for any traffic offences, reach out to our team of traffic offences solicitors.

We advise you to contact us as soon as possible, since the earlier you get expert legal guidance, the more time to work towards a favourable outcome. It makes a lot of sense to involve an expert traffic solicitor in the UK, given the level of some of the penalties for traffic offences. Fines can range from £250 all the way to £5,000 (unlimited for the most serious offences such as causing death by dangerous driving). Other penalties include receiving 3 to 11 penalty points on your licence, up to being banned from driving for up to 2 years.

Given that Caddick Davies’ traffic violation solicitors specialise in motoring law and have represented thousands of motorists in courts who are either being investigated or charged for road traffic offences across England and Wales. we are ideally equipped to offer the ideal legal advice and provide reliable representation.

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How to choose a motor defence solicitor

At Caddick Davies, we believe we are the ideal legal team to consult when you need trusted traffic violation solicitors. Our well-trained lawyers, with in-depth knowledge of motoring law, have handled a range of road traffic offences across the UK. We can guide clients through their charge, and represent in court if the need arises. With our road traffic lawyers highly respected in courts across the UK – Magistrates’ as well as the Crown Courts – our lawyers can help you with cases ranging from minor local charges to major road traffic cases.

Caddick Davies’ traffic solicitors have a reputation as a leading legal team for dealing with road traffic offences. You can take a look at the testimonials on our websites, which speak volumes. We have some of the most competitive charges and payment terms in the industry. Please get in touch with us and we’ll offer you a suitable deal to help you with your road traffic offence case.

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