Road traffic offences can range from low-level speeding, using your mobile telephone whilst driving, to more serious offences such as drink driving or drug driving, careless driving, dangerous driving and sadly, cases resulting in the death or serious injury of another road user. Many minor infringements only result in a fine and penalty points on your licence. The more serious offences may involve disqualification from driving, but also a punishment for those convicted, in the form of a community sentence or in the most extreme cases, a custodial sentence.
Road traffic and driving laws are somewhat complex and often hinge on the facts of any individual case. An individual is often concerned about the consequences of losing their licence, as this may impact on their families, as well as their own ability to work and to get around.
If the police wish to interview you regarding an alleged road traffic, the interview will be conducted under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, even if this is at your home address or by the roadside. You will therefore be entitled to free and independent legal advice. We are able to represent you at any such interview and our services would be covered by the Legal Aid Scheme. Please note that even if the police describe it as a “voluntary interview”, this does not affect your right to free and independent legal advice. You have every right to tell the police that you do not agree to being interviewed, without such advice.
If the result of the police investigation is a prosecution, you will, in most cases, receive a summons to attend court. Legal Aid is not available for all driving matters, but we will be able to advise you as to whether an application can be made.
We are able to represent you for a fixed fee in some cases. We will agree a fixed fee with you, depending on the facts of each case. Please be aware that any fee of an expert witness, or any additional disbursement costs, such as a court fee or travelling expenses, would be charged in addition to the fixed fee. Any fixed fee would be subject to VAT.
We can tailor our services to your requirements, so for example you could instruct us simply to represent you at a court hearing, or to fully prepare your case, attend upon potential witnesses and take statements, etc.
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