Speeding

If you get caught speeding you could be facing a minimum £100 fine and 3 points on your licence. If you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of 3 years, this could even see you disqualified from driving for a number of years, which would have a direct negative impact on the running of your day-to-day life.

If you are stopped by the police for speeding, they can either choose to send you directly to court, or send you the details of the penalty.

If you are caught speeding by a speed camera, the registered owner of the vehicle will be sent a notice of intended prosecution within 14 days. Ignoring this notice may result in going to court.

At the moment, the maximum fine a driver can receive for speeding is £1000 for a case referred to court, except for motorway offences, where the maximum is £2,500.

You will usually receive between three and six penalty points for speeding, depending on the percentage you were caught driving over the speed limit.

Yes, the law is less lenient on new drivers. If you have passed your driving test less than two years ago, you will have your licence revoked if you build up 6 or more penalty points over this period.

With years of experience behind us, our practised solicitors can help you take the necessary steps to reduce your speeding fine, stop your licence being revoked, or avoid penalty points.

We are pleased to have helped numerous drivers successfully evade punishment for speeding and take appropriate actions in order to avoid fines or penalty points (such as attending a speed awareness course).

We are particularly successful in cases wherein it is difficult to prove exactly what percentage a driver was driving over a speed limit. For example, a driver driving no more than 10 per cent over the speed limit cannot be penalized, and it may be that your speed was recorded at being just over 10 percent. In this case we can challenge the accuracy of whatever equipment was used to detect your speed.

Disqualifications

You can be disqualified, or banned, from driving if you are either convicted of a driving offence (such as dangerous driving, driving with no licence, drink driving or driving an uninsured vehicle), or build up more than 12 penalty points on your licence within a period of three years.

The length of the ban usually depends on the severity of your offence. The court will decide on how long your ban should last for based on any relevant evidence linked to the case. Most driving bans will last for a few months to a few years.

If you’re banned from driving for building up more than 12 points within a period of three years, your ban can last up to six months. If you get a second disqualification within three years, you can receive a 12 month ban, and if you get a third disqualification within three years, you can receive a two year ban.

For the most serious offences, such as causing death by dangerous driving, you may be faced with a lifetime driving ban.

If you're disqualified for less than 56 days, as long as you do not drive within this period, you are free to drive again once this period is up and you do not need to apply for a new licence. If you are unsure when your period of disqualification began, you can check your driving licence record online at GOV.UK for the relevant information.

Being disqualified for over 56 days means you will have to apply for a new driving licence once the disqualification period is over. You must not drive again until you have your new licence. You may also have to retake your driving test or take an extended driving test before you can apply for a new licence, as directed by the court.

With years of experience behind us, our practised solicitors can help you take the necessary steps to reduce your chances of being disqualified from driving or reduce the length of the disqualification period.

We are pleased to have helped numerous drivers successfully evade disqualification and take appropriate actions in order to avoid this (such as proving that a driving ban would amount to exceptional hardship).

If you’ve been charged with a driving offence, or you’ve built up 12 points on your licence within three years, you are at a risk of being disqualified from driving or having your licence revoked. The best first step to take is to get in touch with Knightsbridge Solicitors, as we can help you make the best decisions during this stressful period in order to reduce the mental and physical impacts your driving offence will have on your future.

It may be that you want representation for your offence, or you're simply after some legal advice before your case is taken to court. However we may of a help to you, give us a call on 0115 824 1700 or email at support@knightsbridgesolicitors.co.uk and one of our experienced solicitors will be on hand to talk you through your case and advise you on the best steps forward.

Driving with no insurance

If you are caught driving a vehicle on a road or in a public place without at least a 3rd party insurance and the case doesn’t go to court, you could be fined £300 and receive 6 penalty points on your licence. If the case goes to court, the penalty is significantly worse- you could face an unlimited fine and disqualification from driving. The police may also seize the vehicle that’s being driven uninsured.

Even if your vehicle is insured, if you're not correctly insured to drive it, this is still classed as a punishable offence.

The maximum fine for driving with no insurance is £5,000 for more serious cases, if the case goes to court. The maximum number of penalty points you can receive for driving with no insurance is 6-8.

If you allow someone to your vehicle who isn’t covered to do so, even if they say they are and you believe them, it’s unfortunately you as well as the driver who is liable. This is because your insurance may not cover the other driver, or their own insurance does not cover driving other vehicles, so therefore you are both at fault for not making sure of the facts before lending your vehicle.

With years of experience behind us, our practised solicitors can help you take the necessary steps to reduce the impact of your charge, stop your licence being revoked, or avoid penalty points.

We are pleased to have helped numerous drivers successfully evade punishment for driving uninsured and take appropriate actions in order to avoid fines or penalty points (e.g. presenting a special reasons plea).

Driving uninsured is a serious offence and is not taken lightly in a court. It is rare that anyone who has committed this sort of offence will not be penalized, and the defence for driving without insurance can be a complex procedure, so the sooner you contact a specialist for advice the better. We strongly advise getting in touch with Knightsbridge solicitors, as we have a proven track record in helping drivers avoid penalty points and keep their licence when charged with such an offence.

If you’d like legal aid relating to driving uninsured, you can contact our solicitors at 0115 824 1700 or email at support@knightsbridgesolicitors.co.uk for additional information. Our solicitors are happy to discuss your next steps and represent you in court should you require this.

Dangerous Driving

If you get caught driving dangerously by the police or by other means (such as a speed camera or any other camera), there are a number of different scenarios which will determine the seriousness of the sentences applied to your offence. However, if you’re found guilty of dangerous driving, you may be disqualified for up to one year, a fine of up to £5000 or a six months prison sentence, or three to 11 penalty points. You may also be ordered by the court to retake your driving test.

More serious dangerous driving offences can result in prison sentences of up to two years and/or an unlimited fine. You may also have your licence revoked for a period of a few months to a few years. In the worst dangerous driving offences, such as causing death by dangerous driving, you may be given a lifetime driving ban, and face unlimited fines and a lengthy prison sentence.

Careless driving is driving that is below the standard expected of a competent driver, whereas dangerous driving is one of the most serious driving offences and is far below the standard expected of a competent driver. If you’ve been charged with careless driving, you will receive a far more lenient penalty than if you’ve been charged with dangerous driving.

As you must show levels of competency far below the expected levels of driving to be classed as a dangerous driver, dangerous driving offences are far worse than simply being less road-aware than you should be. Examples of dangerous driving range from racing, aggressive driving and ignoring traffic lights, to overtaking dangerously, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, knowingly driving an unsafe vehicle, or driving whilst distracted (such as using a mobile phone).

With years of experience behind us, our practised solicitors can help you take the necessary steps to reduce the impact of your dangerous driving charge, stop your licence being revoked, or avoid penalty points.

We are pleased to have helped numerous drivers successfully evade punishment for dangerous driving and take appropriate actions in order to avoid fines or penalty points (e.g. retaking your driving test).

We may be able to help you to plead exceptional circumstances for driving dangerously, for example, proving that you were escaping from a dangerous person or situation, or somebody in your vehicle had fallen seriously ill. In this case, your sentence will be far more lenient because of the conditions.

Dangerous driving is one of the most serious motoring offences and it’s unlikely that you will not be penalized. For this reason, it’s vital that you get the necessary legal assistance to help you through the court process and reduce your sentence. Knightsbridge Solicitors can guide you through the process of your case, offering expertise and support at every turn.

To arrange for legal aid for dangerous driving, you can contact our solicitors at 0115 824 1700 or email at support@knightsbridgesolicitors.co.uk for additional information. Whether you're after expert advice or representation, we’re happy to help you with anything you may require.

Careless Driving

Getting caught driving carelessly, or driving without due care and attention, is less of a serious offence than driving dangerously, and you are less likely to have knowingly driven in this manner. However, if you get caught driving carelessly, you may still be penalized if you are found to have put yourself or others at risk.

The fixed penalty for careless driving is now £100 with three points on the driver’s licence. If a case goes to court the maximum penalty is £5,000, three to nine points on your licence and a discretionary disqualification.

Careless driving is when the way a person drives falls below the minimum acceptable standard of a competent and careful driver. This may mean you are considered to be driving carelessly if you are not paying as much attention to your driving, and the driving of others around you, as you should be. You may not even realize you are driving carelessly; instances commonly occur when the driver has undergone prolonged periods on the road or is tired. Examples of careless driving include overtaking on the inside, driving too close to another vehicle, driving through a red light by mistake, believing a speed limit to be higher than it is and driving at this speed, or being distracted (such as turning up the radio).

Careless driving is driving that is below the standard expected of a competent driver, whereas dangerous driving is one of the most serious driving offences and is far below the standard expected of a competent driver. If you’ve been charged with careless driving, you will receive a far more lenient penalty than if you’ve been charged with dangerous driving.

With years of experience behind us, our practised solicitors can help you take the necessary steps to reduce the impact of your careless driving charge, stop your licence being revoked, or avoid penalty points.

We are pleased to have helped numerous drivers successfully evade punishment for dangerous driving and take appropriate actions in order to avoid fines or penalty points (e.g. retaking your driving test).

Careless driving offences can be easily resolved with the right legal advice. The best thing to do is to get in touch with Knightsbridge Solicitors, to receive a friendly professional service from our team of motoring offence solicitors who will investigate every avenue in your case to ensure the best possible outcome for you at a price you can afford.

We understand that not everybody requires the same legal services when it comes to seeking help for a careless driving offence. It may be that you want representation for your offence, or you're simply after some legal advice before your case is taken to court. However we may of a help to you, give us a call on 0115 824 1700 or email at support@knightsbridgesolicitors.co.uk and one of our experienced solicitors will be on hand to talk you through your case and advise you on the best steps forward.

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