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If you’re being prosecuted for a driving offence

Finding out that you’re being prosecuted for a driving offence – such as using your phone at the wheel, or not wearing a seatbelt – can be a shock. This might be the first time you’ve fallen foul of the law. And you might be wondering if you have to accept the fine, penalty points, or even the driving ban that you might be in line for. You might feel that you’re being treated unfairly and that there’s a legitimate reason you shouldn’t be prosecuted at all. 

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If you know you’ve committed an offence, you might want to accept a penalty. For some offences, this might mean the consequences are less severe, like having to go on a driving course rather than receiving points on your licence. But in some situations, it might be worth challenging an allegation. What if the police officer who pulled you over didn’t follow the correct procedure? And what if a long time has passed between the alleged offence and you getting a letter about it?

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Our legal experts can help you understand what penalty is likely if you’ve committed a driving offence. They’ll listen to the exact circumstances and what you’ve been charged with. Then they’ll discuss any grounds you might have for defending yourself against an allegation. They can advise you on offences such as:

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  • Using your phone while driving
  • Not wearing a seatbelt 
  • Driving without due care and attention
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