If you have been charged with a driving offence then you can be tempted to either just accept it or to go it alone and try and defend yourself. This can be a tricky thing to do. Magistrate’s courts deal with literally hundreds of motoring cases on a day-by-day basis and therefore have probably seen pretty much every story that can come up. This means if your case isn’t presented in the best way, then your chances of winning are unlikely. This is where having a good driving offence solicitor Bradford can really help your case.
A good motoring solicitor will know all the standard defences that work in motoring situations. They will also know what won’t work in court as well. This level of advice can be invaluable before you even step inside a courtroom as they will be able to tell you how likely you are to win, and whether you should just accept the case and pled guilty of that you can defend the case and prove yourself innocent. They will also be able to give you good advice on the likely outcome of any punishment that you might receive, so the advice is invaluable.
What a lot of motorists don’t realise is that there are several offences that are known as ‘strict liability’ offences. This means that no matter what reason the offence was committed, then you are automatically guilty. A common example is running a red light. Did you know that even if you go through a red light to let an ambulance, police car, or fire engine through then you are breaking the law and you are guilty of the offence? You can have the best reason in the world, but it doesn’t make a difference in whether you are guilty or not. However, what will make a difference is when it comes to punishment. The magistrate’s might be able to be persuaded that you should receive a much lower punishment because you were acting in good faith, this is the sort of argument that you need a lawyer to present for you.
If you already have points on your licence and you are facing a new motoring offence, then it is possible that you could lose your licence as a result of the offence. Sometimes this can be prevented by holding what is called a special reasons hearing. This is where your solicitor will present that you would suffer undue hardship if your license was taken away. For example, losing your licence could cost you your job. That isn’t enough of a reason on its own. However, if you are the only one that has the right to work in your family, and the loss of your job, might cause your family to go hungry, or for you to be deported then this might be sufficient to be a special reason why you should keep your licence.