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Totting Up Disqualifications Advice
If you face the possibility 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 you avoid a lengthy driving ban.
To get in touch and take advantage of our motoring solicitors' vast expertise in this area, simply call us on 0800 804 8159 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back at a time that is convenient for you.
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 consider imposing a disqualification from driving for a minimum period of six months.
If you have previously been disqualified from driving for a period of 56 days or more within the relevant three-year period, this would increase the ban from six months to 12 months. If you have previously been disqualified from driving for a period of 56 days or more, on two occasions or more within the relevant three-year period, the disqualification for totting up would be increased to two 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 its discretion and refrain from imposing a disqualification.
Exceptional hardship arguments give the accused an opportunity to prove that a ban from driving would cause more suffering for them and others than the average motorist. For some, the consequences of committing, for example, four minor speeding offences within three years, would far outweigh the crime.
Normally these kinds of argument can be divided into emotional and financial hardship - if the driver cares for relatives or needs to drive for their job, for example.
However, enlisting the help of an experienced solicitor is recommended. The right legal team can draw together the necessary documents and other evidence and provide the legal advice needed to improve your chances of achieving a positive outcome.
Should you be banned from driving, you will not be permitted to drive any type of motor vehicle in the UK until your ban has ended. After your ban has been served, all previous penalty points will be removed and your licence will be returned to you.
A driving ban can have a significant impact on your life, especially if you rely on using your car either personally or professionally. It is therefore essential that you seek the right expert legal help to give you the best opportunity to avoid or reduce a ban.
Perhaps you are facing a disqualification for totting up and this is the second time within the last three years? Maybe 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 with the help of JMW.
Our expert motoring solicitors can provide the advice and guidance you need to make sure you are giving yourself the very best opportunity of securing the outcome you are after. We have assisted many people who have faced the prospect of a totting up disqualification and can help to keep you on the road too.
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