Motoring Offences

Ensure the Best Legal Defence with Berkeley Sahota
 

Stopped by the police for speeding? Blown over the limit? Or facing disqualification for totting up? When keeping your licence could mean keeping your livelihood make sure you have the best possible representation both in and outside court.

Defending motoring cases in the London and South East courts is an important part of our practice. With 20 years of experience our success rate in driving defence cases is high. Unlike many others in this field we don't make unrealistic guarantees of success  We can promise you a high quality and professional service with some of the top barristers and forensic experts in road traffic law at our service.


As soon as you get your summons you should seek legal advice. Having obtained all your paperwork  from the prosecution we will make a start on your defence immediately. In the past our clients have managed to keep their licences because of the proactive approach we take in preparing their cases.


As soon as you get your summons you should seek legal advice. Having obtained all your paperwork  from the prosecution we will make a start on your defence immediately. In the past our clients have managed to keep their licences because of the proactive approach we take in preparing their cases.

Drink Driving

If the correct procedures have not been followed when the police took your breath, blood or urine sample you may have a defence. Or if you can show a special reason such as someone, unbeknown to you, having spiked your drink before you started driving this might also save you from disqualification. Without legal advice to explore all the options and avenues available to you, you could be looking at a mandatory 12 month disqualification.

Drunk in charge

As with drink driving, you could face a 12 month disqualification if you are convicted of being drunk in charge. The police do not have to prove that you are actually driving the vehicle as long as they can show that you were "in charge of it" whilst unfit to drive through alcohol or drugs. Cases like these can be very difficult to prove and we would always advise clients to seek legal representation.

Failing to Provide a Specimen

Refusing or failing to provide a specimen is treated as seriously as drink driving by the courts. If convicted, you could be liable for a ban of 18 months if not more. Many of these cases however collapse once the police are questioned as to whether they properly followed the correct procedures. Alternatively, you might have a reasonable excuse for failing to provide a specimen. Investing in legal advice may save you from losing your licence or minimise the length of your ban.

Special Reasons

In some situations we can persuade a court not to disqualify you even if you accept that you had excess alcohol in your system or that you were driving whilst unfit through alcohol. Whether or not your explanation fits the legal criteria for a special reason is something that you will need expert advice on.

Driving Whilst Unfit

Clients often approach us when they have been stopped by the police and it is alleged that they were driving whilst under the influence of drugs. Establishing driving impairment however is not straightforward. The police often in this type of situation rely on evidence of a police officer assessment of someone’s conduct or behaviour which can often be challenged in court.

Speeding

With Councils and local authorities increasingly looking at traffic violations as a lucrative  income revenue stream, speeding convictions are on the rise.  Every town centre now has cameras located in local speed traps. Driving over the speed limit inadvertently is also easy to do if you have a 2 or 3 litre engine vehicle. Speeding convictions can have serious consequences. Driving bans are likely where the speed recorded is far above the speed limit or if the totting-up procedures kick in.

New drivers are particularly vulnerable. Under the Governments new driver provisions, if  you accumulate 6 or more penalty points within 2 years of passing your test you could lose your licence.


The right legal advice could help you avoid disqualification.  If there is a good reason for speeding the court could decide not to ban you.  By proving, with help from our experts, that speed cameras had not been properly calibrated and so were not reliable you could be acquitted. Demonstrating that you weren't driving or can’t recall who was driving at the time could also save your licence. 

Whatever the circumstances, you will maximise your chances of avoiding points on your licence or a ban with expert legal advice.

Disqualification and Totting Up

Often we are asked to represent clients after they have accumulated nine points or more on their licence within the previous 3 years. 
If summonsed for totting up points, you could also avoid a ban if you can show this would cause you “exceptional hardship.” We will talk you through what you will need to do to maximise your chances of persuading the court any ban will cause exceptional hardship.
For a link to the penalties for driving offences please click here
www.gov.uk/highway-code-penalties/penalty-table