Guiding you through motoring offences
For many people charged with a motoring offence, it is their first time dealing with the criminal justice system.
Our Motoring Offence Solicitors understand this and will immediately step in to protect your best interests and build a defence.
We know how upset and worried you will be feeling, especially if you rely on your licence to do your job. And if you have to attend Court, we understand your apprehension and do everything we can to put you at ease. What we are extremely good at is taking the matter off your shoulders, allowing you to feel confident that you have the best motoring law defence team in Coventry and Warwickshire on your side.
We are a diverse, multi-lingual law firm that uses best-in-class technology to provide clients with streamlined, modern, and highly effective motoring law advice and representation. Our years of experience in motoring and criminal law means we have relationships with some of the UK’s best Barristers and Queen’s Counsel. Our clients also benefit from our ability to instruct the country’s most respected expert witnesses who can provide the Court with the facts required to support a not guilty plea or mitigate the sentence handed down by a Judge.
We advise and represent clients on all types of motoring offences, including:
- Driving without insurance
- Drink and drug driving
- Careless driving causing death
Our Solicitors can help you to avoid a ban, obtain the least possible penalty points and seek to persuade Prosecutors to withdraw proceedings.
Below are some common questions we are asked about motoring offences.
What is a Fixed Penalty Notice?
Minor traffic offences such as speeding are usually dealt with via a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) rather than through the Magistrates’ Court. An FPN can be issued on the spot by the police or sent through the post. If you pay the FPN you will avoid prosecution. However, if you believe the FPN was wrongly issued or there has been a mistake, we can advise and represent you in Court.
What types of sentences apply to road traffic offences?
Several sentences can apply if you are found guilty of a motoring offence, including:
- penalty points added to your licence
- disqualification from driving
- community service
- a prison sentence
You can also be ordered to pay compensation.
Is road rage a specific offence?
Most of us have lost our temper at some point when driving. Incidents of road rage can range from making a rude gesture to another driver to causing grievous bodily harm or even death.
There is no specific offence of road rage. However, you can be charged with offences committed whilst being furious with a fellow driver. For example, if another driver cuts you off and you start tailgating them, you could be charged with careless or (more likely) dangerous driving. Threatening to attack or actually harming someone is likely to lead to a charge of assault and/or battery.
Incidents of road rage can be frightening for the victim and other road users. When it comes to sentencing, the Court of Appeal in R. v Howells (Frank Thomas)  EWCA Crim 1608;  1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 61 declared:
“We deduce that for road rage cases of dangerous driving, where no accident nor injury results, and where there is no consumption of alcohol, but where there is ample evidence to suggest furious driving in temper with an intent of causing fear and possible injury, the appropriate sentencing bracket lies between 6 and 12 months.”
If you have been charged with any offence in connection with road rage, contact us immediately.
Why choose us?
Whether you are facing a drink driving charge or have been caught using your mobile phone whilst driving and are facing penalty points on your licence, our specialist Driving Offence Solicitors will use their expertise to advise you every step of the way.
Our Solicitors regularly defend clients facing motoring allegations at the police station and in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. We can also help with appeals against disqualification and applications for early reinstatement of your licence.
In some cases, we may be able to obtain legal aid for you. Where legal aid is not available, we charge reasonable and transparent fees and in many cases can provide you with a fixed fee so that you will not have to worry about legal costs.
Regardless of the charges against you, you are entitled to a criminal defence. We do not judge our clients; our only objective is to defend you against the Prosecution’s allegations. You can be confident that by instructing us to defend you, your chances of acquittal or a reduced sentence are greatly improved. The most important factor is to contact us as soon as you become aware of the charges brought against you.
To receive expert advice and if you have been charged with a motoring offence, please contact us using the form below.
Meet your 'Motoring Offences' specialists
The team to guide you through your legal needs.
Depending upon the complexity we are able to offer fixed fees in some cases. In other cases our solicitors chargethe following hourly rate:
- Partner/Member SolicitorHourly rate of £250 + VAT
- Senior Solicitor or Head of Dept: (PQE 8yr+)Hourly rate of £225 + VAT
- Assistant Solicitor/Fee Earner (PQE 3/7yr)Hourly rate of £200 + VAT
- Newly Qualified Fee Earner (PQE 1/3yr)Hourly rate of £170 + VAT
- Paralegals/TraineesHourly rate of £120 + VAT
- Support ParalegalsHourly rate of £100 + VAT