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:
- 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- Reinstatement of your licence after it has been revoked by the DVLA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
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 and offer a free initial interview. These are designed to give you peace of mind over costs right from the start.
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 prestigious Chambers Guide ranks Howells Criminal department as a top firm.
Legal 500 2017
Howells Criminal department is highly ranked by Legal 500 2017 saying
“The crime practice at Howells is headed by the ‘proactive, knowledgeable and astute’ John Gibson in Sheffield, who has particular experience in defending clients who are alleged to be involved in gang-related crime. The department has considerable advocacy strength. The firm also carries out legal aid work and is particularly well known for its expertise in extraditions, youth crime, public order law and cases involving civil liberties, human rights and mental health. It has also been instructed in cases involving prison law, and in judicial reviews.”
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.
Howells criminal defence department is consistently rated in the top band in the North East and Yorkshire in the prestigious Chambers Guide to the Law.