Have you been summonsed to Court for a road traffic offence, such as:
- Using your mobile ‘phone while driving
- Careless driving
- Driving with excess alcohol (drink driving)
Or even something more serious, like causing death by careless or dangerous driving?
If so, we can help.
Bird and Co Solicitors have experienced road traffic defence Barristers and road traffic defence Solicitors offering affordable professional advice on all aspects of Road Traffic legislation.
By the Government’s own calculation, Fixed Penalty Notices are issued around once every six seconds . Our dedicated team of lawyers may help prevent your prosecution from becoming a further statistic.
We provide a nationwide service, and can arrange for representation by solicitor or barrister anywhere in England or Wales.
Our In House Counsel has represented defendants in court accused of serious or fatal motoring offences from Torquay in Devon, Norwich in Norfolk, and closer to home in Lincoln and Nottingham Crown Courts.
If you need representation or advice, use the contact details on this site or call us on 0800 389 4832.
Further general information to help you can be found below.
Do I Need A Motoring Defence Solicitor for my Road Traffic Offence?
The majority of motoring offences carry penalty points. These can range from between three and eleven in number.
Any offence which carries mandatory endorsement with points also carries the possibility of discretionary disqualification.
An accumulation of penalty points can result in a disqualification under the “totting up” provisions.
Penalty points can be avoided in certain situations if there are “special reasons” for not endorsing.
Offences for which “special reasons” can be found include speeding, no insurance, traffic light offences, defective vehicle and many more.
Penalty points physically stay on the driving licence for four years and count towards “totting up” for three years.
If you receive 12 penalty points in any three year period you will face a disqualification for a minimum period of 6 months unless you can show “Exceptional Hardship”.
We, at Bird and Co will assist you with this argument. If you are at risk of losing your job or some other major difficulty as a result of losing your licence, call us on 0800 389 4832.
New drivers face a different problem. If you attract 6 points upon your licence within the first two years of having passed your driving test you will revert back to a provisional licence holder and will need to take your driving test all over again.
We can provide fixed fee legal advice and assistance.
INITIAL TELEPHONE ADVICE – Call to discuss
Where we will tell you if you have a possible defence or that you are able to challenge the prosecution evidence. If you require representation we will tell you at this stage.
PLEA IN MITIGATION (WRITTEN) – Call to discuss
If we genuinely believe that you will be assisted with a Solicitor’s letter in Court thereby negating the necessity of personal attendance we will provide this.
PLEA IN MITIGATION (PERSONAL) – Call to discuss
It may well be that we will have to attend with you and present an argument upon your behalf, usually where you are at risk of disqualification having either accumulated 9 points or exceeded the speed limit in excess of 30mph
APPEAL TO THE CROWN COURT AGAINST SENTENCE – Call to discuss
If you happen to have inadequate representation in the Magistrates Court and find yourself disqualified from driving, we will lodge your appeal and apply to have the disqualification suspended pending the outcome of your appeal. Thereafter we will arrange for one of our retained Barristers to present your case on sentence at appeal for a small extra charge.
APPEAL TO THE CROWN COURT AGAINST CONVICTION – Call to discuss
If you believe you have been wrongly convicted in the Magistrates’ Court you may appeal to the Crown Court, where your case would be heard by a Crown Court Judge sitting with two (different) Magistrates.
We can advise you and arrange for a Barrister to represent you at your appeal hearing to try to overturn your conviction. If you are not successful in that it may nevertheless still be possible to appeal against your sentence.
TRIAL IN MAGISTRATES COURT – Call to discuss
Many of the more serious disputed cases are triable and may be covered with the assistance of a Representation Order (Legal Aid). We can advise you on how to apply for this.
For the few cases (including speeding) which are not covered by public funding we can enter into a fixed fee arrangement with you, or alternatively charge by the hour.
Where successful, we will make a claim for the return of your costs from Central Funds.
*Terms and Conditions apply