Keep on driving

Your licence is so important. It allows you to work. It allows you to transport your family. It facilitates trips and holidays by car. You couldn’t do without it. Could you?

If you ignore speed limits you are likely to gather penalty points. There is nothing so hollow sounding as the excuse “I was in a hurry” if someone is injured or worse as a result of a speeding incident.

Driving in accordance with the law and regulations is part of the deal. 20 mph zones exist for a reason-usually to keep pedestrians, children and other road users safe.

If you obtain 12 penalty points you will appear in Court facing disqualification.
There are options at this point: accept the disqualification of 6 months or attempt to reduce or avoid the disqualification.

There may be arguments about the last event that brings you to court as to why points not ought to be imposed.

Otherwise exceptional financial hardship is your best argument. This requires very careful preparation and consideration before you get to Court.

Driving with excess alcohol is inexcusable. Sometimes it can be in the morning after the night before. Always err on the side of caution and don’t drive if you feel “under the weather”.

There are limited defences and special reasons arguments. Usually a 12 month minimum disqualification and fine will follow. However the higher the reading the greater the risk of a Community Order or custody. Failing to give a sample is even worse. However why you failed and having a valid medical reason in support might help you avoid the consequences.

Magistrates sentence based upon Guidelines so we can help you assess the likely consequences of your actions.

Legal aid is restricted to cases based upon your means and the interests of justice. We offer a fixed fee initial interview of £60 and a court fee for guilty pleas and mitigation of £420. A trial is charged at £840. These fees are for the case-not for each hearing. Once paid we will attend at Court for you.

For advice on motoring cases you should talk to Emmersons. Contact or phone 01915676667. We cover all Courts in North East England.

If you want to keep your licence then keep Emmersons contact details in your contacts.

If you are to be interviewed by the Police then you are entitled to be represented. Anyone interviewed is entitled to free legal advice and representation by the Solicitor of their own choice (you don’t have to rely upon the Duty) if that Solicitor has a contract with the Legal Aid Agency. We do have such a contract.
You should ask for Emmersons Solicitors. We must attend the Police Station within 45 minutes of being told that the interview is to take place. Asking for a Solicitor will not cause delay unless the Police orchestrate the delay. Getting the duty is not any quicker.

If you do go through the interview process unrepresented and you have been bailed then do come and see us. We can assist you if you are to be further interviewed or if you are charged.


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