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Instructing a solicitor with specialist knowledge of the relevant law can result in a punishment being reduced or an alternate punishment being given which could prevent a ban and all the after effects which would follow.
Typical Road Traffic Offences include:-
NGA Solicitors have many years’ experience in defending clients against all kinds of road traffic offences. We have expert knowledge of the relevant law to prevent punishment or, should it be unavoidable, to obtain a more favourable punishment.
The Lancashire Courts have recently centralised all motoring matters so that initially all cases are listed at Chorley Magistrates’ Court. However, if a case which originates in the Burnley area has to proceed to trial arrangements can be made for the trial to take place at the Burnley Magistrates’ Court.
In certain motoring cases arguments for Special Reasons or Mitigating Circumstances can be advanced.
A Special Reasons case is one in which a defendant can argue that reasons exist so that penalty points are not imposed on a driving licence in circumstances where penalty points are obligatory. The same argument can also be applied for a defendant not to be disqualified, in circumstances where a draft disqualification is obligatory. Mitigating Circumstances can be put forward in certain situations where a driver has acquired 12 penalty points and in normal circumstances, under the totting up’ procedure, a driver would be subject to an automatic disqualification of 6 months.
If mitigating circumstances can be successfully argued before the court, for example if losing your licence is going to result in exceptional hardship on the driver or others, then a court will allow a defendant to retain their licence notwithstanding the fact that he has 12 or more points on his licence. Where special reasons or mitigating circumstances are to be advanced as an argument before the court, arrangements can be made for that case to be transferred back to the home court at Burnley if that is more convenient.
Generally in motoring cases legal aid would not be available but we would be prepared to offer some preliminary advice free of charge. Our prices for attendances at court are competitive and we are happy to agree a fixed fee from the outset.
If you require any further advice please contact our team now to discuss the matter or to arrange an appointment at our offices in Burnley or Colne, Lancashire.