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Careless Driving Defence Solicitors
At JMW, our expert motoring offence solicitors have years of experience representing clients who have been accused of careless driving. If you feel you have grounds for contesting an offence, have particular mitigating circumstances, or feel that a disqualification would have a disproportionately negative effect on your life, consulting a solicitor should be your first step when looking for advice and possible representation.
Many people who are charged with offences of this nature believe they have no choice but to accept the accusation and impending punishment, which can include a fine, three to nine points on their driving licence, and/or disqualification.
However, this is not always the case. Due to JMW’s extensive experience of working with dangerous driving cases, our team has a deep understanding of motoring law and the various defences that may be applicable to your specific case, and our processes have always been first class; winning us awards and, most importantly, positive results for clients.
To contact our team of careless driving solicitors and find out how we can help you, call us for free on 0800 804 8159, or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
How JMW Can Help
Our specialist motoring solicitors have many years of experience helping those who have been accused of careless driving, and our intervention often results in a reduced penalty for the accused.
The team keeps approachability and efficiency at the top of its priority list when providing award-winning advice and support. We appreciate the importance of driving to every-day and work life, and our deep understanding and experience in motoring offences will lead to the best chance of keeping you on the road.
No matter what the reason for the allegations against you, we can help. Our experts also provide comprehensive legal advice to those accused of not being in full control of their vehicle or driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.
What is Careless Driving?
Careless driving is defined by the law as driving a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place.
This means driving in a manner that falls below what would be expected of a competent or careful driver, and causing other people to be inconvenienced by your driving.
There are a number of examples of careless driving practices that could be deemed an offence, including:
- Lane hogging
- Handbrake turns
- Eating/drinking while driving
- Operating a sat nav while driving
- Driving too fast
- Overtaking and forcing other vehicles to brake
- Ignoring road signs
- Driving through a red light
- Using a mobile phone while driving
However, the law surrounding the driving without due care offence is constantly changing, as unprecedented cases are often taken to court.
Careless driving became a fixed-penalty offence in 2013, although the most serious offences will still lead to court summons. The possible penalties for this offence are:
- Fixed penalty - offered when police officers observe low-level careless driving that does not cause a collision or injury to a member of the public. Fixed penalties are either endorsable (leading to a fine and points on your licence) or non-endorsable (a lower fine but no points on your licence). You can either accept the punishment on the spot or plead not guilty and have the case heard in the Magistrates’ Court.
- Fixed penalty with an offer of educational training - offered in similar situations to a regular fixed penalty, but in this case you will be offered to choose between taking a fixed penalty or attending an educational driving course. Refusing or not attending the course and not accepting the fixed penalty will lead to court summons.
- Summons - offered in situations where the driver has been particularly aggressive or dangerous. You can either plead guilty and accept the fine or plead not guilty and take the case to the Magistrates’ Court.
- Summons with an offer of educational training - you will be given the choice to accept and attend the course. Refusing will lead to a court hearing.
The maximum penalties for careless driving are:
- Three to nine penalty points
- A £2500 fine
- Discretionary disqualification
There are two fatal offences that are caused by careless driving:
- Death by careless driving
- Death by careless driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs
For more information about fatal driving offences, visit this page.
FAQs About Careless Driving
How much will it cost to be represented by a motoring offence solicitor?
Our prices vary depending on the complexity of your case, and whether you would like to be represented by a more senior solicitor. To find a detailed breakdown of our pricing, visit our fixed fees page for motoring offences, or give us a call on 0800 804 8159 and we will discuss your situation and what the best options are to ensure an effective defense of your right to drive.
What is the process of forming a careless driving offence defence?
Once we have a better idea of what your situation is, we can begin to form an appropriate defence. We will discuss the accusations made against you, and what evidence the police may have against you. There are many factors to consider when preparing a legal defence, and these can be a minefield to navigate, which is why our specialist careless driving offence solicitors will be instrumental in keeping you on the road.
The police are not perfect convictors; in many of our successful cases, we have been able to pick holes in their evidence collection processes.
A driving offence case can take a long time to resolve, and you may not even get a court hearing for seven or eight months after being accused. This will obviously cause you stress and uncertainty, and our goal is to make you feel as safe and secure as possible so you can continue to live your life while we work. Call us now and get started.
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Business Crime, Regulation & Driving Offences