Generously sponsoring us for another year are QualitySolicitors Knight Polson. They have sent us the following item which provides some excellent advice for everyone.
A law lecturer we once knew was very fond of saying that the easiest way to become a criminal was to get into a motor car. It’s certainly true that the rules and regulations about everything from road signs to tyre tread depth seem endless, and it’s very easy to break them without knowing. Here’s a guide to some of the more serious pitfalls.
Nobody likes them, and almost everybody has been caught by one sometime – but they are very difficult to fight in court. The time to worry is when you collect several endorsements, because if you “tot up” twelve points on your licence you will be disqualified – unless that is, you can convince a court that you will suffer “exceptional hardship” from loss of your licence. It’s not enough to show that you will lose your job, though, you usually have to show that others will suffer too – again we would recommend that you seek legal advice. If you are successful in keeping your licence, you have to then drive very carefully until the points come off!
This is one where you have to watch the paper work. If you think you have insurance but in fact you haven’t, you are still committing an offence that will earn you six points on your licence. If your bank account is bumping along the bottom, and your premiums are paid by direct debit, make sure the monthly payment has gone out. If it hasn’t, your policy may be cancelled before you know about it.
We Can Help
Our Criminal Defence Team are able to advise on all these issues – unfortunately you will only get Legal Aid in court for the most serious offences. (Drink Driving cases will only qualify for Legal Aid if there is a good legal or scientific argument to be made, or if your blood/breath alcohol reading is very high). We can advise you whether you will be eligible for Legal Aid. If you are not eligible, we can advise you on a fixed fee so that you can decide whether you want to defend the case on a paying basis. Call us if you have a question.
And finally, one golden rule
If you were in the driver’s seat, don’t try and convince the police that it was someone else. You will convert a simple speeding offence into Perverting the Course of Justice, which almost always leads to prison!
QualitySolicitors Knight Polson are proud sponsors of the Wyvern 10K. If you need friendly, expert legal advice we would be delighted to hear from you.
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