Motoring Offence Solicitors. The Driving Offence Specialists 

The Specialist Motoring Division of Brian Koffman & Co Solicitors

We understand how important your driving licence is to you, which is why our goal is always to provide the very best legal representation and keep you on the road.

Sometimes a motoring offence can be minor, but other times far more serious with consequences that are potentially devastating. Increased points on your licence will not only result in increased costs on your car insurance premiums but can also lead to an automatic disqualification from driving.

If you have been contacted by the police, or received a notice of intended prosecution, we would advise contacting us as early as possible so we can advise you accordingly and ensure we reach the best possible outcome for you.

We pride ourselves on giving expert motoring offence advice which is based on our knowledge, experience, hard work and genuinely caring for our clients every day.

  • 96% success rate
  • Over 40 years experience
  • Highly regarded among fellow professionals
  • We are specialist motoring offence solicitors
 
We cater for a wide variety of motoring offences which can include:

 
But don’t just take our word for it...
 

Brian Koffman & Co. motoring offence solicitors is widely recognised as being in the top rank of criminal solicitors in the North West and we have extensive experience in all types of road traffic and road transport offences. Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession described Brian Koffman as "a sure fire bet" (2005), "incredibly shrewd" (2006), "true quality" (2007) "specialises in road traffic offences and serious crime" (2008), "a major player in work relating to road traffic offences" (2009). (2010) "one of the region's most sought after road traffic lawyers, (2011) "a senior figure in Manchester for criminal work, including road traffic matters... lauded for his very good client base... lots of referrals" (2012), (2013), (2014) and "well informed and well prepared" (2015). We have also been regularly highly ranked by the Legal 500 (2015) who said "Brian Koffman & Co. is extremely well respected for motoring and road traffic matters", Acquisition International, Motoring Offence Law Firm of the Year (2012 and 2014), Legal Expert's Directory, Corporate Live Wire "excellence in motoring offence law" and A good Lawyer Guide. In (2017) the Legal 500 recognises Motoring Offence Solicitors as a "Leading firm" with Brian Koffman singled out as a '"leading individual" in the disciplines of Driving Offence Law and Criminal Law Defence.  While Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession describe a "Top ranked Criminal and Motoring Offence Law Firm."

With over 40 years of experience, we aim to provide you with a highly skilled, efficient and discreet service.

The experience we bring

  • The personal attention of Brian Koffman to each case 
  • Large team of expert advocates available
  • Highly regarded among fellow professionals
  • Access to forensic experts
  • Wide geographical coverage 
 

Driving Offence FAQs

Sometimes a motoring offence may be minor; other times it could be far more serious. Either way, it can be rather daunting when you don't know what's going to happen. The below commonly asked questions and answers may help put your mind at ease. 
 

What should I do if I receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution from the Police?

It is extremely important that the first thing you do is contact Motoring Offence Solicitors and speak to our expert lawyers before you return any paperwork to the police. As soon as you make contact, we will have a look at the notice you have received and will ensure that the notice complies with the legal requirements. It is our duty to advise you on whether to complete the document or not and how you should complete it should it be necessary. Several technical defences are dependant on this part of the method being carried out properly by the police. Speak to us today.

What if I haven't received the notice of intended prosecution inside 14 days?

According to Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act, a notice of intended prosecution is required to be served on the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days for most types of motoring offences. However, there are a few exceptions to the rules;

  • If owing to the presence of your vehicle on a road, an accident has occurred
  • You were given a verbal warning by the police at the time of the offence
  • You have been offered a fixed penalty
  • The offence itself is an exception to the rule due to a statutory provision


What if I'm unsure who the driver was?

As stipulated by Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, if the registered keeper of the vehicle is a company, it is obligatory to keep records or who is driving the vehicle, unless it's unreasonable to do so. If the registered keeper is an individual, then they must carry out all reasonable steps to establish who was driving. The gathering and presentation of evidence is vital should such defences be successful. 

What if the police say that they want to speak to me about a driving incident?

Often the police will ask for an 'informal chat' to 'get your side of the story', in a bid to get you to reveal that you were the driver. Do not be fooled and simply state that you want to take legal advice before answering any questions. Upon arrival, you are likely to find that the police caution you before asking you questions. The earlier we can intervene, the better the chances are of winning your case as this initial interaction is the most vital stage in the process. It is your legal right to speak to a solicitor before you speak to the police, call us before you say anything. 

If I do go to court am I likely to be disqualified?

Driving with excess alcohol and dangerous driving carry an obligatory disqualification for a minimum of twelve months and in the case of dangerous driving, an extended retest should be passed at the end of that time.

For any offence that carries points, the court has a discretionary power to disqualify. In speeding cases, the courts will contemplate a disqualification once the speed alleged is 30mph higher than the speed limit. With these kinds of offences each case will be judged on its individual merit but typically the court will take into consideration the seriousness of the offence (eg how fast, other "aggravating features"), mitigating factors relating the offence or the defendant, previous convictions and a defendant's means.

If a driver gets twelve points inside a 3 year period then he/she falls to be disqualified beneath the totting up provisions for a period of six months. However, we are able to help "totters" avoid a ban if it can be shown that they'd suffer exceptional hardship. this needs thorough preparation and gathering of proof and it is vital that the case is given to the court in an appropriate manner. we have many years of successful experience with cases like this.

Although each case is completely different if you explain the circumstances of your case to one of our lawyers we will provide you with an indication as to what you'll expect to receive by manner of penalty. we will put your mind at rest or warn you if we predict you have something to worry about!