Speeding Ticket?

The most common instance where Notice is served is an NIP for speeding. There is an NIP time limit that applies of 14 days from the offence. However, how this is calculated will depend on how the notice is given. Don't wait until it's too late. Call Motor Defence Solicitors now, on 0800 2800 912, for a fixed fee consultation with a specialist solicitor.

Court Summons?

A summons, for offences such as speeding, careless driving, drink driving etc...is issued in the Magistrates' Court, although the case may then be transferred to the Crown Court.

Careless / Dangerous Driving

Your driving fell below that expected of a competent driver or driving a vehicle on a road or in any public place dangerously or in a dangerous condition

Drink Driving

Being in charge of a vehicle when unfit due to drink or drugs

Failure to provide

Where an individual deliberately withholds or provides misleading information

Speed Camera Devices

Systems used in the UK are generally type approved and require regular calibration. You are likely to come across the following types: Cameras, Laser, Radar, Stopwatch, Video. Some of the more common devices used include the Gatso, LTI2020, Vascar, Truevelo. For more detailed information on the individual devices, please click here

Penalty Points?

0 Points

You are in an ever shrinking group of drivers. Keep the first penalty points off your driving licence

3-6 Points

If you got your full driving licence less than 2 years ago you are on the verge of revocation and re-test. Insurance premiums start to rise.

9 Points

One more slip and your driving licence is gone. You could face a 6 month driving disqualification

12 Points

You are looking at a 6 month driving ban unless you come up with a convincing argument at Court.

Stopped by the Police?

The Police can stop you by the road if they suspect an offence has occured. You will usually be given a Fixed Penalty Notice (NIP), HORT1 Producer or depending on the offence, be arrested and taken to a Police Station. Typical offences within this scenario include:

Guide to Drink Driving

Drink Driving Offences

Allegations of drink driving fall under 2 sections of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and create 6 categories of offences. However there are 2 main offences that are pursued by the police.

1. Driving or being in charge of a vehicle when unfit due to drink or drugs

The Court would regard a person as being unfit if their ability to drive was impaired in any way.

2. Driving or being in charge of a vehicle when alcohol levels were above the prescribed limit

The police need to show alcohol levels were above the limits set down in law when the person drove, attempted to drive or was in charge of a vehicle on a road or other public place.

Drink Driving: Refusing a specimen

If you are seeking information on failure/refusal to provide a specimen then please go to our guide on refusing a specimen.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for Drink Driving?

No, there is no requirement for an NIP for drink driving.

Likely Punishment for Drink Driving

Up to 6 months in prison, fine up to £5000, 3-11 points and disqualification from driving for a minimum period of 12 months (36 months for a second offence).

Defences to charges of Drink Driving

The prosecution regard this as a serious offence and may punish with custody.  Where faced with this charge we recommend you seek prompt legal advice. Defences can range from technical (whether the police complied with requirements when testing alcohol levels) to factual (whether there was an actual intent to drive or who was actually driving). Issues can also arise over whether drinks were spiked, whether alcohol was consumed after driving or too close to the driving to have had an effect. Many defences to drink drive allegations are of a technical nature, but even factual defences will often require supporting expert evidence. They are best advanced by medical experts and lawyers with specific expertise in these matters.

Drink Driving Legal Advice

If you have a charge for driving a vehicle whilst unfit due to drink or for driving a vehicle whilst alcohol levels were above the prescribed limit please call us on 0800 2800 912 for expert legal advice on drink driving with one of our lawyers.

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