How can we help?
We have deep expertise of all levels of road traffic offences from speeding to causing death by dangerous driving. We can help you keep your licence and get you the best possible result.
We have a great deal of specialist experience of road traffic cases both in the Magistrates’ and the Crown Court (on appeal);
• Careless driving
• Dangerous driving
• Death by dangerous driving
• Drink driving
• Driving whilst disqualified
• Driving without insurance
• Drug driving - driving whilst unfit
• Early return of driving licence
• Failing to notify DVLA
• Failure to provide a specimen
• Mobile phone offences
• Recognition of disqualification
• Road rage incidents
• Speeding offences
• 12 points - totting up
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Motoring offences are a common occurrence and a particular hazard for business people on the move, we can represent clients nationwide and have an excellent track record in helping people retain their driving licence. Even in cases where a disqualification is mandatory, reducing the length of time spent disqualified can get people back working several months earlier than they would otherwise.
Sometimes a motoring offence may be minor; other times it could be far more serious with potentially devastating consequences. If you have received a notice of intended prosecution or have been contacted by the police we can advise you on the best course of action to take.It is always best to contact me early as some options, such as driver awareness courses, are not available once a Court date has been set. If you have been summonsed to Court we can provide you with information on the likely outcome of your case and, if necessary, expertly defend you in court, especially if you face a driving ban / disqualification.
We will beat any fees for Road Traffic representation - we will typically charge just £995 & vat for covering simple Road Traffic case beginning to end. Please contact Rachel Pearman, our Clerk, for a case-specific quotation - 0207 936 3637.
Road Traffic Cases – FAQ’s
What should I do if I receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution from the Police?
Contact me immediately and speak to mebefore you complete and return any paperwork to the police. I will have a look at the notice that you have received and ensure that the notice complies with the legal requirements. I will advise you on whether to complete it or not and how to complete it, if necessary. Many technical defences are dependent on this part of the process being carried out correctly by the police. Speak to me today about this.
What if I haven't received the notice of intended prosecution within 14 days?
Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act requires a notice of intended prosecution to be served on the registered keeper of a vehicle within 14 days for most types of motoring offences. There are however, exceptions to this rule, such as:
• if, owing to the presence of your vehicle on a road, an accident has occurred
• you were given a verbal warning by the police at the time of the offence
• you have been offered a fixed penalty
• the offence itself is an exception to the rule due to a statutory provision
What if I'm not sure who the driver was?
If the registered keeper of the vehicle is a company then Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 imposes an obligation to keep records of who is driving the vehicle unless it is unreasonable to do so. If the keeper is an individual then he/she must take all reasonable steps to establish who was driving. Gathering and presentation of evidence is vital for such defences to be successful. If you are not the registered keeper then the prosecution must prove that the information they are asking you for in the Notice is "within your power to give". To mount a challenge on this ground important tactical decisions must be made in preparing your case. I have to the experience to make these decisions for you.
What if the police say that they want to speak to me about a driving incident?
Tell them you want to take legal advice first. Often the police will ask you for an informal chat to "get your side of the story". Don't be fooled. You are likely to find that when they arrive they caution you before asking you questions. Very often the police rely on you admitting that you were the driver or making some other comment that makes their lives easier. If I am able to intervene at an early stage in the process then the chances of winning your case are much greater as this is often the most vital stage in the process. Call me before you say anything and speak to me before you speak to the police. It's your legal right to do so.
If I do go to Court am I likely to be disqualified?
Driving with Excess Alcohol and Dangerous Driving can carry an obligatory disqualification for a minimum of 12 months - however we can argue Special Reasons not to disqualify in certain circumstances - we are very experienced in successfully raising these legal arguments. In the case of Dangerous Driving, if disqualified, an extended retest must be passed at the end of that period.
For any offence that carries points the Court have a discretionary power to disqualify. In speeding cases the Courts will consider a disqualification when the speed alleged is 30mph above the speed limit. With these sorts of offences each case will be judged on it's individual merit but generally the court will take into account the seriousness of the offence (e.g. how fast, & other "aggravating features"), mitigating factors relating the offence or the defendant, previous convictions and a defendant's means. We will put you in the best position to keep your licence.
If a driver gets 12 points within a three year period then he/she falls to be disqualified under the totting up provisions for a period of 6 months. However we can help "totters" avoid a ban if it can be shown that they would suffer exceptional hardship. This requires thorough preparation and gathering of evidence and it is important that the case is presented to the Court in an appropriate manner. I have many years of successful experience with cases like this.
Although every case is different if you explain the circumstances of your case to me I can give you an indication as to what you can expect to receive by way of punishment. I can put your mind at rest or warn you if I think you have something to worry about!
George Hepburne Scott is one of the very few Barristers who has been licenced to appear at Police Stations of behalf of clients so you can get the very best advice and representation from the word go.