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Dangerous Driving and Death By Dangerous Driving
If you are facing an allegation of dangerous driving, our expert motoring offence solicitors are here to help.
We appreciate that most people in this situation are frightened about the penalty that will be imposed by the court. You may have to undergo a police interview and require assistance at the police station. There’s no need for you to go through this situation on your own.
We have fully police station-accredited motoring law solicitors with vast experience of dealing with all police station matters. We have also spent many years advising clients on defensive strategies designed to create the best possible chance of securing an acquittal.
Our involvement in your case from the moment you are interviewed at the police station, right through to the conclusion of your case, could make a decisive and fundamental difference to the outcome.
Miss M - Failing to Give Information & Speeding - Bradford Magistrates Court - Result Avoided 6 month Disqualification
I just wanted to say thank you, to you [Hojol], to Rachel and to your firm. The outcome of my case was exactly what we wanted it to be.
I have been given 6 points for the two speeding fines and the failing to supply details has been dropped. I have a fair fine, but I don't mind. I can't tell you how grateful I am for your attention and assistance and for Rachel.
Rachel was amazing in court. I think because she was so at ease and knowledgeable, I didn't feel the need to get upset, she had it all in hand and dealt with. She explained the process to me, fought for me to have the process reversed back to just the two speeding convictions, and even got us in the court first! I was all done and had gotten home within 3 hours!
I was told I wouldn't need a solicitor by friends and family with it just being driving offences but I can't tell you how pleased I am to have instructed you guys. Losing my licence today would have been losing my job, which I love and I've worked hard to get. It could have been game over. Because of you brilliant people it's not and it's such a huge weight off. Seriously, massive thank you.
I've sent Rachel some flowers to your office to say thank you to her. She really was brilliant and I can't thank her and you enough.
Mr M - Driving with Excess Alcohol - York Magistrates Court - Result - Banned from driving and able to continue serving in the army
Thank you for all the details on the court case and I have greatly appreciated your assistance in court.
Mr. I Drink Driving Swindon Magistrates Court Avoiding Custody and Reduced Disqualification
Can I just thank you all for the amazing support and help you have been with my case. It is so appreciated.
Can I just thank you all for the amazing support and help you have been with my case. It is so appreciated.
I hope acquaintance won't need your services but if any do I will wholeheartedly recommend JMW.
Again many thanks
Mr. C Failing to Give Information Manchester Magistrates Court Acquittal and Avoided 6 month Disqualification
Hojol made every effort to make sure he fully understood my situation and the case he was dealing with. I contacted him with only 4 days to go before my Hearing and I was pleasantly surprised that throughout the course of the weekend he was contacting me so to make sure he had everything he needed to take to court.
I used solicitors for a driving licence issue, the service I got was second to none. I had already been convicted 3 days earlier for the same offence unrepresented before Manchester Magistrates Court. I was now at risk of being convicted again but at risk of a ban. Hojol made every effort to make sure he fully understood my situation and the case he was dealing with. I contacted him with only 4 days to go before my Hearing and I was pleasantly surprised that throughout the course of the weekend he was contacting me so to make sure he had everything he needed to take to court. He made me feel totally relaxed with his manner and the way he spoke to me not like your typical solicitor. Even when the case was over which we won his level of high service did not stop there by ensuring and even walking me to the taxi rank. I would 1000000% recommend these to anybody.
Mr PT, DVLA Medical Revocation - Licence Returned
"I have dealt with Hojol Uddin now over a period of 3/4 years and found him extraordinarily helpful with advice on the telephone and face to face with consultations...
My problems as a 70 + year old driver have related to the DVLA and visual field and acuity issues raised by them after principally being sent to specsavers and previously following Hojol's advice initially got a 1 year group 1 licence and just very recently after a further revocation by the d v l a taking Hojol's advice have just had 3 year licence issued after a reapplication supported by Hojol. He has at all times been very approachable and supportive and I would have no hesitation in recommending him."
Mr. P 105 Miles Per Hour (60mph location) Warrington Magistrates Court Disqualification Avoided
"Thanks for the letter summarising this morning’s court appearance. It concludes this matter in the same professional manner that has been prevalent through this case. It is quite obvious that the outcome would have been very different without your services, and as such I would highly recommend you to anyone in need of such services."
"From the very first tel conversation I felt you were the right person to help, and I have been constantly reassured throughout. Every email and every tel call has been promptly replied and never once had cause for concern with our communications, something of a rarity in present times. Your experience in these cases was clear to see, and was invaluable in representing me today.
Many thanks for your help and I wish you the best for the future."
Mr A - Speeding (100mph) and Driving with No Insurance - Leicester Magistrates Court - Result - 8 points
I had time to reminisce and reflect on everything yesterday.
Even though it is not good to be out of pocket and now restricted to driving carefully now, and actually doing 30 MPH in a 30 MPH zone :), i only have my self to blame and if i did not have your support and guidance throughout the whole process i seriously do not know how i would have got through this. Adding to that, i will also like to just thank you also for the payment flexibility that you offered me, which meant that i could actually pay for your support.
Rachel was amazing yesterday, i think we can both conclude that we got the outcome most desired and i have definitely learned my lesson.
However, if for any reason i do find myself in another predicament (i really do hope not), then i am pleased to say that you 100% have a loyal Customer and you'll be the first person that i contact.
Miss L - Driving with Excess Alcohol (3x legal limit) - Dudley Magistrates Court - Result - 28 month ban
Would just like to say a big thank you to Rachel Fletcher for helping me through my case and helping me get through the most awful time. I am so very grateful to Rachel and words cannot express how kind, helpful and professional she was from start to finish, before, during and after my court case.
From the first time I spoke to her when first calling your company for advice and help, she was most honest, professional and considerate to all of my issues and was always available to contact if and when I needed her.
I am definitely sure she made a huge difference to the outcome of my case on 8th May and I am eternally grateful to her and so are my family.
Nothing was too much trouble and she was always honest and sincere throughout. I cannot speak more highly of her as a person and as a solicitor and if I were rating her, it would be 11/10.
Thank you for all your help and support.
Professional and caring
"I would like to thank you for the way you have dealt with us, in an extremely professional and caring way, which has been a great help to us and is something that is not part of your job."
Thanks for your understanding and assistance
"Many thanks for your understanding and assistance in resolving this long-running matter. The settlement will take a big load off my mind and enable me to move on with my life."
Mr. K - Managing Director - Bradford Magistrates Court - Failing to Give Information and Speeding x 2
Motoring offences are a difficult and confusing area of law, and with so much conflicting information on the internet from so-called experts, it was a great relief to get clear, concise and expert advice from Hojol.
He dispelled quite a few myths, cut through the legal jargon, and provided a very no-nonsense course of action – and I was very pleased with the outcome, which was exactly as he predicted it would be. Thanks!” In the nicest possible way, I hope I don’t need you again!
Drug Driving - North Cheshire Magistrates Court
I was in the education sector, and facing such charges would mean the end of my career due to the likelihood of a custodial sentence. Hojol has been an excellent Solicitor throughout.
Each time I attended court I felt more and more confident that Hojol would do the best job he could, which he did. In total I had two separate cases but with 5 charges. I was impressed by his knowledge and professionalism both inside and out of court. Hojol made all of my options very clear and gave sound guidance and advice. One of my charges (3 drugs ) were dropped during trial and with respect to a second charge I got the minimum sentence, but should have received significantly more. I was really pleased with the result. It was the best outcome I could expect under the circumstances and number of charges. I would definitely recommend Hojol as a Solicitor, he did what he said he would and exceeded my expectations. He is someone you would want on your side. Thank you
Mrs H - Manchester Magistrates Court- Failing to Give information and Speeding - Case Dismissed
I am writing to thank you for the excellent service you provided whilst dealing with my motor offence case.
I was referred to Hojol by my husband’s friend who is a solicitor. Hojol represented us and the work he did was invaluable. It was an extremely stressful time for myself and my family, Hojol put us at ease from the first phone call and all throughout the case. I would recommend him and JMW solicitors to anybody requiring legal advice. We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and advice. Your patience and level of expertise got us through a very tough time.
Mr S - Cardiff Magistrates - Careless Driving - Case Discontinued
As a life long Biker and someone who has been totally in to bikes for the biggest part of my life I should like to share a bad experience with "The Boys in Blue" Allegedly on the 28th May 2017 I overtook an unmarked Police car on double white lines on the Usk road.
It is unlike me to put myself in a vulnerable position. I spoke to my insurance company who confirmed that I had Road Halo on my policy. (This turned out to be the best thing I have ever done). I contacted them and spoke to a gentleman named Hoj. He checked my policy and confirmed that I was in safe hands. If ever there was a man who knows his job(This was Him). He took on this case and went that little bit further. I received numerous phone calls many of them being after working hours, evenings etc etc. I was due to appear in court on the 19th March 2018 but on the 16th March I received a Phone call from Hoj telling me that as a result of his negotiations all charges against me had been dropped and that I need not attend on the 19th. I cannot thank Hoj enough.
Mr. S Leeds Magistrates Court Drink Driving Case Dismissed
"I came across Hojol through an article I read. Also my partners father a former officer suggested I contact a Solicitor. Hojol was very helpful, which I found refreshing...
A lot of other firms I called told me I had no chance. It crossed my mind that someone this confident would cost a lot of money, but the fees were reasonable and these were explained clearly to me. Hojol prepared everything way in advance of both court dates which put my mind right at ease. He was very thorough and explained every possible outcome during my second court appearance. I admired the amount of work he put into preparing my case and the fact that he explained everything along the way. Hojol also answered any questions I had promptly and he was easy to get hold of, making it as stress free as possible. In Court he took advantage of every point and placed me in the best position, so much so that the case was dismissed without me having to give evidence proving that a pub car park was not a public place at the time of driving.
I would recommend Hojol to anyone that finds themselves in a similar situation".
Miss. PK HR Manager - Stratford Magistrates Court Failing to identify the driver Case Dismissed Costs Order Granted
"I had come to find that I was incorrectly being prosecuted for failing to provide driver information. Upon receiving this information I naturally panicked. I was provided with Hojol’s details....
I contacted Hojol and our first conversation lasted well over half an hour (this initial advice and time from him was free!). Hojol made me feel relaxed about the whole situation and assured me that I had taken all of the correct steps so far.
Hojol was clear about his fees from the start and this number did not change - he continuously kept me updated with my case and very quickly, before I knew it, I received a phone call from him telling me that the case had been dismissed.
Hojol clearly has a lot of experience in the field and many contacts. I was so pleased with the level of service that I received, I wouldn’t hesitate for even a second to recommend his services".
I would not hesitate to recommend JMW should anyone need help dealing with a motoring offence.
I was contacted by the Police after they had conducted checks on the car being driven by my son and discovered that the MOT and the tax on the car had lapsed. They told me that as the car was registered in my name, I was responsible and therefore I would receive 6 points on my licence; 3 points for each offence.
I was very concerned as I am a builder and my job involves a lot of driving. I did not want to drive around with points on my licence and have the risk of a driving ban hanging over me. I immediately contacted JMW after they were recommended by a friend. I am glad that I did!
My solicitor immediately put my mind at ease by reviewing the police paper work and confirming that they had made a mistake as I had only been charged with allowing someone to use a car without an MOT. He told me that I would not get any points and that he was certain that he could help me avoid a conviction altogether. I own a small fleet of vehicles and therefore was concerned that a conviction of any kind would have a huge impact on my insurance premium.
JMW managed to convince the prosecution to drop the charge and also obtained an order from the court so that I can recover my legal costs. I would not hesitate to recommend JMW should anyone need help dealing with a motoring offence.
Profession, Calm and Very Reassuring
I am a director of several companies and rely heavily on my driving licence. I was stopped by the police on the M6 for speeding at over 100mph. I was faced with the prospect of a lengthy driving disqualification, which was of great concern to me. JMW came highly recommended and did not disappoint. I was unable to attend court as I had an urgent meeting in Gloucestershire and my case was being heard in Carlisle! My solicitor managed to deal with the hearing in my absence and convinced the court not to disqualify me and instead give me points.
I found JMW to be thoroughly professional, calm and very reassuring. He did not fail to deliver on his promise that he would keep me on the road. I would definitely recommend them.
Thank you Peter!
Thank you so much for your help and support over the last couple of weeks. The result you achieved for me was much better than we expected and now my wife and I can move on with our lives and do everything that we had planned to do before this happened.
I can not recommend Peter high enough. His performance in court was truly outstanding, he managed to make me feel at ease during an incredibly stressful time, while negotiating with the prosecutor throughout the session to achieve a much better result than we expected. He completely owned the court room during the hearing, and obviously won the respect of the judge, which I believe was absolutely crucial to the positive outcome we achieved.Now I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. A different result would have been hugely life changing. I would have lost my job, my house, everything. But now we can move on. Thank you Peter!
I was stopped by the Police after I was caught driving whilst using my mobile phone.
They ran some checks on my car and it transpired that the MOT had lapsed. The Police informed me that as I had no MOT, my insurance was invalid. I was therefore faced with the prospect of receiving 6-8 penalty points on my licence for having no insurance as well as separate penalties for using my mobile phone and having no MOT.
I was very concerned as I have held my licence for less than two years and therefore 6 points would have resulted in my licence being revoked. JMW was highly recommended and therefore I decided to instruct them. When I first met my solicitor he put me at ease by telling me that he would save my licence. He was positive throughout my case and regularly kept me up to date on all of the developments. My case went to court three times, yet I did not have to attend once as JMW took care of the hearings in my absence.
JMW managed to convince the prosecution to drop the no insurance charge and convinced the court to limit the penalty to 3 points and a small fine for the mobile phone offence. He also managed to convince the court not to impose a penalty for the MOT offence. Thanks to JMW I do not have to re - sit my driving test, which is a huge relief!
Such a comfort to be looked after so well!
I was very contented with the company. Such a comfort to be looked after so well!
Your service is excellent. Thank you.
Keep up the good work and thank you for your help. I will do my best not to get into any more trouble. I don't know if that's what you wanted to hear or not!
I don't think you can do any more than you are already doing.
Sam's professional advice was clear and supportive throughout the process'.
'Sam [Healey]'s professional advice was clear and supportive throughout the process. He guided me through a variety of areas in an unusual case keeping me well informed at all times. The result was as he predicted a positive one and for this I cannot thank him enough'.
Ms L, allegation of causing serious injury by careless driving. Acquitted.
Using Mobile Phone Whilst Driving - Bromley Magistrates Court - Case Dismissed
Professionalism and determination was used throughout my case, thanks to Hojol Uddin! I cannot praise or thank you enough.
Hojol took on my case where police officers accused me with using my mobile phone while driving - my case was taken to trial. Hojol done everything he could to prove I was not using my phone while driving and the outcome was MY CASE WAS DROPPED before the trial! This was amazing as Hojol saved me from gaining 3 points on my license and a fine. I highly recommended Hojol with confidence for any motoring offences as he gives his all to his clients. Thank you Hojol for your brilliant expertise skills - you are brilliant in what you do.
Staffordshire Magistrates Court Speeding - Trial Disqualification Avoided.
"I was facing 3 counts of exceeding the speed limit, each due to the same speed camera, within a 1 week period...
Not only did I believe that I wasn't exceeding the limit, but due to the nature of my business and an existing 3 points, I was going to be liable for totting up and losing my licence for 6 months with the respective implications.
I made the dreadful mistake of researching online and using lots of advice, law, codes of practice and various forums, I made the foolish decision to try and defend myself. Arriving at trial with all my papers, photographs and supplementary reports, I was ridiculed by the CPS, clerk of court and the bench when I tried to present my defence. Fortunately, the CPS had failed to comply with the relevant time period for disclosure of material and I was able to apply for an adjournment. Much of my case was based upon the legality of the camera site and that it was therefore compromised.
I was told by the bench that I would need to present evidence from experts, which would cost an inane amount of money and that I should consider pleading guilty instead. The court were very insistent with this, verging on bullying me to plead guilty.
I stood my ground, got the case adjourned for trial and put the internet to good use this time. Researching the very best motoring solicitors in the UK. I narrowed it down to only 3.
One of the solicitors that I contacted was Hojol Uddin. The reason I selected him from so many others was due to his recommendations and obvious extensive knowledge of motoring law. From the initial telephone call with Hojol, I knew that I had made the correct choice. Immediately putting me at ease and explaining how and why the courts had said what they did and how he himself, plus several experts that he could refer to, would assist me in this case. Hojol also explained which laws, case law and practices had changed pertaining to the issues I had initially found and raised myself online. I was reassured and my anxiety waned.
Hojol kept me updated continually regarding his progress with the case, reports from his experts and his next steps. At no point was I unaware of what was happening. Even when one door closed, due to Hojols extensive experience and knowledge, he knew which door to turn to next. He is extremely tenacious and diligent with his work. He is also very honest and won't tell you something to make you feel better, or to try and earn more money from you.
Due to my working days and hours, Hojol also made himself available to me at weekends and even late at night on occasions. Definitely above and beyond what I and no doubt everyone else expected of him.
Cutting a very long story short, Hojol was able to wield his knowledge and influence of motoring law and a trial was avoided, with me only collecting 6 of a possible 9 penalty points.
I will only ever recommend 1 motoring solicitor and that is this man - Hojol Uddin. I really can't thank you enough."
Warrington Magistrates Court Excess Speed Avoided Totting up Disqualification
"As soon as I had contacted JMW, having gathered a few too many points on my licence, I felt that I had the right people on my side...
To begin with, I was greatly reassured that I dealt with by a lawyer of Peter Grogan's gravitas and empathy. I was then hugely impressed by the professionalism and tenacity with which Hojol Uddin took up my case. Between them, Peter and Hoj asked me all the right questions to get to the nub of my case, making sure every detail had been considered. And just as importantly, they did so with care and understanding.
From such a large law firm, I was immensely grateful to be given such a personal service. Their skill quickly brought my case to a satisfactory conclusion".
Mr. J – Sports Writer
Lincoln Magistrates Court Failing to Give Information and Speeding - Disqualification avoided
'I was being prosecuted for two offences, A. For failing to give information and B. Exceeding the speed limit. I procrastinated on dealing with the matter and went into panic mode on the eleventh hour...
I was being prosecuted for two offences, A. For failing to give information and B. Exceeding the speed limit. I procrastinated on dealing with the matter and went into panic mode on the eleventh hour. I Googled and called a considerable number of 24/7 lawyers on the Sunday. I got various responses including call backs up to seven days later.
The response from Hojol was extra special. He gave loads of very helpful and informative advise for Free. He advised that "Failure to give information" was a greater offence than speeding and carried the potential of a greater penalty.
Hojol quoted his fee which was very good value and did not charge a penny more and kept me fully informed throughout.
He did a fantastic job, he managed to get the court to withdraw the "Failure to give information" and all I got was four points for exceeding the speed limit.
I highly recommend Hojol, he is a gentleman and nothing short of excellent.'
Avoiding Disqualification - Manchester Magistrates Court - 12 points and Exceptional Hardship
I must admit when I was first called to court I thought I would be able to defend myself without the need of help from a solicitor. However on taking advice from my daughter who works in the legal field I was advised it would be very difficult to proceed alone and she recommend your services as being recognised as one of the best in this area of law.
I would like to add how thankful I am for your dedicated work for me ,especially your attention to detail and to giving so much thought to the nuances of my case and developing arguments that I would simply not have thought of on my own. Your help on the day of the court case was invaluable as appearing in court was actually more daunting than I had imagined and your support and guidance helped me get a very satisfactory outcome . Once again many thanks and best wishes for the future. Dr I.S
Failure to provide information, Weymouth Magistrates Court
I appeared before Weymouth Magistrates Court for an offence of failing to give information and exceeding the speed limit. The process with the courts and our communication between Hojol was quick and to the point. Thanks for your all your help.
Speeding, Chorley Magistrates Court
Just a note to thank you for defending my driving case for speeding and not stopping for a police officer on the motorway. I thought I was heading for a definite ban.
But Hojol Uddin saw things differently and his view was proved correct. To receive only 5 points and no ban was like winning the lottery. Just a big thank you to Hojol Uddin. I've dealt with quite a few solicitors in my time and have to say Hoj is the best I've come across . I'd recommend him to anyone who thinks they're in a fix with a driving case coming up. Thanks Hoj. You rock!
I contacted JMW Solicitors for assistance and I am so glad.
I was horrified to open my mail to find a Fixed Penalty Notice for speeding. I didn't think I was going too fast but must have been, as for a moment I thought the notice was addressed to "Dear Lewis Hamilton"!
I contacted JMW Solicitors for assistance and I am so glad I did as thanks to his contacts and ability to negotiate I am now on a Speed Awareness Course which means no points will go on to my licence. If you need help with traffic offences I thoroughly recommend JMW. Thanks again for all your help.
Section 2 of the Road Traffic Act makes it a criminal offence to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle dangerously on a road or other public place.
In order for you to be found guilty of this offence, it must be proved that the manner of your driving fell far below the standard expected of a competent driver and it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that the manner of driving would be dangerous.
Dangerous driving is not just restricted to the manner in which you drive. A person can be regarded as driving dangerously if it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving the vehicle in its current state would be dangerous. For example, if a person is aware that their vehicle has defective brakes but drives their vehicle anyway, and they are then involved in an accident, this could be regarded as dangerous driving.
In addition to death by dangerous driving, there are three other fatal offences:
- Death by careless driving
- Death by careless driving whilst driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured
Causing death by driving offences are the most serious motoring offences. Your case will first be heard in the Magistrates’ Court. Depending on the seriousness of the allegation, your case may be transferred to the Crown Court, where you would be tried by judge and jury which have far greater sentencing powers.
In assessing seriousness, the court is likely to take into consideration some or all of the following:
- Whether you were aware of the risks associated with the manner of your driving
- The effect of any alcohol or drugs you consumed
- The speed of your vehicle
- Your behaviour e.g. aggressive driving or using a mobile telephone
- Whether the victim was a vulnerable road user, such as a pedestrian or cyclist
The potential penalties for each offence are as follows:
- Death by careless driving - Up to five years in prison, and disqualified for a minimum of one year
- Death by dangerous driving - One to 14 years in prison, and disqualified for a minimum of two years
- Death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs - One to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both; and disqualified for a minimum of two years
- Death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified, uninsured drivers - Up to two years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both; and disqualified for a minimum of one year
If you plead guilty you are likely to receive the following penalty:
- Death by dangerous driving - Up to a maximum of 14 years imprisonment, minimum two year disqualification from driving with a compulsory extended re-test
- Death by careless driving - Penalty ranging from community order up to five years imprisonment, minimum 12 month disqualification from driving with a discretionary extended re-test
- Death by careless driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs - Up to 14 years imprisonment, minimum two year disqualification from driving with a compulsory extended re-test
- Unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured driving - Penalty ranging from community order up to two years imprisonment, minimum 12 month disqualification from driving with a discretionary extended re-test
JMW offers a ‘fixed fee’ service designed to assist you in preparing detailed and effective mitigation aimed at persuading the court to exercise leniency when imposing a penalty. Further information regarding ‘fixed fees’ can be found on our fees page.
For most people, a court appearance is alien to them. Some people find standing before the court very difficult and quite daunting. This can sometimes impact on their ability to communicate all of the information and issues they wish to be taken into consideration by the court. Let us do the talking.
With our ‘fixed fee’ service we offer the following:
- Telephone conference/personal meeting with your solicitor
- Representation at the hearing by either a partner or an expert motoring law barrister
- A full pre-hearing briefing with regards to court procedures and what to expect at court
- A conference with your legal representative on the morning of the hearing
- A full post-hearing debriefing (to discuss the penalty imposed, the implications and any further options that may be available to you)
Our involvement in a case often results in the court departing from their guidelines and can often lead to a penalty being imposed that is far less severe than the guidelines suggest.
Even if you intend to plead guilty, we can help present your case effectively to ensure any punishment is appropriate to your circumstances.
We may even be able to provide representation under the terms of your household/motor insurance policy.