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Driving Offences

If you need your licence, we’ll keep you in the driving seat.

For many people, driving is an essential part of their life. Whether you rely on your licence for work or for transport for the family, it can often be a necessity to everyday life.

We understand the consequences a driving conviction could have on you. We are here to provide advice and representation if you have been accused of any driving offence.  If you feel they are incorrect we can help to challenge the claims. Or should you plead guilty, we will help to minimise the penalties, including helping you to keep your licence.

How we can help

If you have been accused of a driving offence and would like to keep your licence, we are here to help.  Our specialist team is highly experienced in this area and will provide you with the best defence possible.

We will check that the correct procedures have been followed and advise upon the strength of the case against you. Even if you are pleading guilty it is still important to contact us. Many cases are able to be defended in a way to reduce or avoid penalties such as losing your licence.

If you have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) or a Court Summons, it is important that you contact us straightaway. If you are being investigated it is important that you get the advice you need before you are interviewed.

We cover all types of road traffic offences, including:

  • Speeding
  • Exceptional hardship cases (totting up 12 points on your licence)
  • Drink driving
  • Careless driving
  • Mobile phone offences
  • Dangerous driving
  • Driving without insurance
  • Failing to stop and report an accident
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Reinstatement of your licence after it has been revoked by the DVLA
  • Tachograph matters

Costs

Legal Aid is usually not available for motoring matters but in most instances, we are able to take on cases on a fixed fee basis. These are designed to give you peace of mind over costs right from the start. See here for more details. 

Do you drive for a living?

If you need your licence for your job we may be able to help. In some circumstances we can apply for you to keep your licence even if you have more than 12 points.

If you are a taxi driver, penalty points can affect your taxi licence. We have a team of lawyers with an impressive success rate in keeping taxi drivers’ licences for them.

 

The Driving Offences team

Our expert criminal defence team is a highly experienced, successful and resourceful unit, focused on getting the best possible outcome for its clients. They are consistently rated highly in the prestigious Chambers Guide to the Law and Legal 500;

Chambers 2019

The prestigious Chambers Guide ranks Howells Criminal department as a top tier firm in Sheffield and the surrounding areas.

Legal 500 2018

Howells Criminal department is highly ranked by Legal 500 2018  saying “Howells’ ‘very approachable and helpful’ criminal department has capabilities to handle a range of complex matters, with particular experience in public order law, judicial review, advising youth offenders, and cases with a civil liberties, human rights or mental health considerations. John Gibson is regularly instructed by individuals accused of serious crimes, and leads the practice, which also includes the ‘patient and supportive and extremely knowledgeable’ Chris Wong. Wong is recommended for defending clients facing extradition. Rotherham-based Mary Rose Macadam has particular expertise in prison law, parole board work, youth court representations and cases including a mental health element.”

Please click here to view the criminal law team staff profiles