Totting Up Disqualifications

If you face the prospect of a totting up disqualification, the expert motoring solicitors at JMW are here to offer you the legal advice you need to try and avoid a driving disqualification.

We have years of experience in this field of the law and are able to make use of exceptional hardship arguments to try and help the defendant avoid a lengthy driving ban.

To get in touch with our lawyers and take advantage of our extensive expertise, call 0800 804 8159 or complete the online enquiry form at the side of the page.

What is Totting Up?

Totting up refers to a driver accumulating 12 or more penalty points on their licence within a period of three years. At this point, a court has to arrange a hearing where they will be consider imposing a disqualification from driving for a minimum period of 6 months. If you have previously been disqualified from driving for a period of 56 days or more within the relevant 3 year period, this would increase the ban to 12 months as opposed to a 6 month ban. If you have previously been disqualified from driving for a period of 56 days or more, on two occasions or more within the relevant 3 year period, the disqualification for totting up would be increased to 2 years.

The court hearing offers defendants and lawyers a chance to rely upon what is known as an ‘exceptional hardship’ argument to convince the court to exercise their discretion and refrain from imposing a disqualification.

Exceptional Hardship

Exceptional hardship arguments give the accused an opportunity to prove that a ban from driving would cause more suffering for them than the average motorist. For some, the consequences of committing, what could be considered four minor speeding offences within 3 years, far outweigh the crime!

Normally these kinds of argument can be divided into emotional and financial hardship - for example, if the driver cares for relatives or needs to drive for their job.

However, enlisting the help of an experienced solicitor is recommended, as they can draw together the necessary documentary and other evidence and provide the legal advice needed to improve your chances of achieving a positive outcome.

Contact JMW Today

Maybe you are facing a disqualification for totting up and this is the second time within the last 3 years? Perhaps your personal or professional circumstances have changed? Or maybe the court did consider all of your personal and professional circumstances on the last occasion? Even if you have previously relied upon an exceptional hardship argument within the last three years all is not lost.

Contact us now for a free, no obligation chat about how we can LAWFULLY help you to avoid a disqualification from driving. Call 0800 804 8159 or complete our online enquiry form.

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