Motoring Offences

Motoring OffencesWelcome to our pages for Motoring Offences. We specialise in motoring offences and can assist you at a Police Station or at Court.

Our dedicated Crime Team can ensure you have representation at the Police Station, Magistrates Court, Crown Court or Appeal Court depending on your requirements.

Please contact us about your motoring offence on 01536 276300 or 01536 311690 use our online enquiry form.

How We Can Help

At Seatons, we are fortunate to have a dedicated team of experts and caseworkers who specialise in road traffic and motoring offences. Their expertise is invaluable in this particular area of law whereby simple errors of judgement can sometimes have devastating and far-reaching consequences. We strive to make sure your case goes through as smoothly as possible, and this page will provide you with a brief overview of the main types of offences associated with motoring.

Drink Driving

The legal limits for Drink Driving are as follows:

  • 35 mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath
  • 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood
  • 107mg of alcohol in 100ml of urine

For more detailed information on drink driving offences, click on our specialist Drink Driving page which will provide expert, in-depth advice on this area. Alternatively, contact us on 01536 276300 and receive a quote.

Speeding Offences

The penalties for a speeding offence are:

  • 3-6 penalty points; or
  • Disqualification; AND
  • Fine
  • Costs
  • Victims surcharge

Another issue is where, by committing a new speeding offence, you have now accrued 12 or more points on your license.  This is called “totting up” and means the Magistrates will ban you for 6 months unless you can show ‘exceptional hardship’ (where your hardship is more than what would normally be suffered as a result of losing your licence).

Failing To Provide Details

Under Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, when a requirement for the driver’s details is made, the registered keeper has a duty to provide the driver’s details or provide any information which may lead to the identification of the driver within 28 days of receiving the request. This request will come in the form of a Notice of Intended Prosecution and a Section 172 notice.

The penalty for failing to do so includes:

  • 6 penalty points AND
  • Fine of up to £1000 AND
  • Costs AND
  • Victims surcharge

Careless Driving

Careless driving refers to ‘Driving without Due Care and Attention’ and occurs when a person’s driving falls below the standard expected of the reasonable motorist.

If convicted, the penalty for Careless Driving includes:

  • 3-9 penalty points AND
  • Fine AND
  • Costs AND
  • Victim Surcharge.

If you genuinely do not feel that the standard of your driving fell below that of the reasonable motorist, give us a call on 01536 276300 and we can help defend your case and advise on the best course of action to take.

Dangerous Driving Offences

Dangerous driving occurs when an individual’s driving falls far below the standard of a careful and competent driver and it is obvious to a careful and competent driver that driving in such circumstances would be dangerous.

Due to the serious nature of this offence, the penalties can often be severe. The penalty for such an offence includes:

  • On indictment – 2 years imprisonment or a fine or both
  • Summary conviction – imprisonment not exceeding 6 months, or a fine, or both
  • Disqualification for a minimum of 12 months
  • Mandatory disqualification with requirement of a re-test.

Due to dangerous driving convictions often facing the possibility of a prison sentence, it is vital to seek expert help and legal advice where possible. At Seatons, we can help advise on the best course of action to take and offer expert, friendly advice at low, competitive prices.

Using a Mobile Phone While Driving

Using a mobile phone whilst driving faces a maximum penalty of a fine of up to £2000 and 6 penalty points. If you already have pre-existing points on your driving licence therefore, and are facing the prospect of a mandatory driving disqualification, it is important to seek expert legal advice to find out the best course of action to take.

Alternatively, if you genuinely believe that you have been wrongly accused of such an offence, Seatons are here to defend your case. Give us a call on 01536 276300 and receive a quote.

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Information Video On Motoring Offences

Lauren Kennedy – Criminal Law – Seatons Solicitors

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