Road Traffic Solicitors & Road Traffic Offences


HAVE YOU BEEN ACCUSED OF A ROAD TRAFFIC OFFENCE?

Whether you have been accused of drink driving, drug driving, driving without due care, speeding or even causing death by careless driving offence, our experienced motoring offence solicitors can advise and assist you.

Brian Koffman & Co. will do ALL we can to help you keep your driving licence.

We are specialist road traffic solicitors able to provide you with a nationwide service of advice, assistance and representation in a police station or at court.

If you now need expert advice or representation, Brian Koffman & Co offer the very best privately funded defence advocacy to clients facing charges of road traffic offences in Manchester and across the UK. Call our team today on 0161 832 3852 or complete the enquiry form on the right-hand side of this page.

WHY CHOOSE BRIAN KOFFMAN & CO?

We have a proven track record of successfully defending road traffic offences over the last 40 years.

In 2017, the Legal 500 recognised 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.

We pride ourselves on giving expert road traffic 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 of experience
  • Highly regarded among fellow professionals
  • We are specialist motoring offence solicitors
  • The personal attention of Brian Koffman to each case
  • A large team of expert advocates available
  • Access to forensic experts UK-wide coverage

 

HOW CAN A ROAD TRAFFIC SOLICITOR HELP ME?

If you have been charged with a driving offence it is vitally important you are legally represented as early as possible. With a wealth of experience in motoring offence cases, the specialist road traffic lawyers at Brian Koffman & Co. can help you assess the best strategy for your defence.

Your chances of a better outcome are increased when you have an experienced legal team of road traffic offence lawyers representing you.

THE TYPES OF DRIVING OFFENCES WE CAN HELP YOU WITH ARE:

DANGEROUS DRIVING

Arrest for dangerous driving means facing the stiffest punishments for any non-fatal driving offence. The team at Motoring Offence Solicitors can help if you have been arrested and charged with dangerous driving, or if you have been convicted and want to appeal. If you have been charged with careless driving and want to contest the charge, call us for a free no obligation discussion about your options.

DRIVING WHILST DISQUALIFIED

Driving whilst disqualified is a serious driving offence which could lead to a prison sentence. If you have been disqualified you must not drive at all during the period of disqualification. There is a high probability of being caught if you do. Having a good road traffic solicitor in Court could mean the difference between a prison sentence or a fine and a further ban. Talk to our team of Road Traffic Offence Solicitors in Manchester today.

CARELESS DRIVING

Careless driving is a very serious motoring offence, but Brian Koffman & Co. has a 96% positive result rate. If you have been charged with careless driving and want to contest the charge, call us for a free no obligation discussion about your options.

SIGNS AND SIGNAL OFFENCES

If you have been charged with a TS10 or TS30 traffic offence for failing to comply with signs or signals, it is important to get specialist legal advice from a Road Traffic Solicitor as soon as possible. The most common type of signal offence is ignoring a red light, but failing to adhere to other road signs and signals, such as ‘Give Way’, can also lead to prosecution. However, if the road signs or signals were defective or do not comply with the regulations we may be able to help you put forward an effective defence.

DRUG DRIVING

A relatively new driving offence, ‘driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug above a specified level’ was introduced on the 2 March 2015. The law does not discriminate between legal and illegal medicines or drugs and the prosecution does not have to prove that the driver’s ability to drive was impaired. It merely needs to be shown that the concentration is in excess of a specific level. If you are facing a drug driving conviction it could lead to a custodial sentence. You will need a specialist Road Traffic Solicitor on your side to review the case, defend you and ensure you get the right outcome.

MOBILE PHONE

Driving whilst using a mobile phone is one of the most common offences to come before the court. It goes without saying that using a mobile phone while driving can increase the risk of an accident, and there is unequivocal research data to back this up. For that reason, the penalties for this traffic offence increased on 1st March, 2017 to a £200 fine and six penalty points, in an attempt to deter drivers and reduce the number of accidents being caused.

If you have been accused of driving while using a mobile phone please talk to our Traffic Offence Solicitors immediately.

POINTS AND DISQUALIFICATION

Disqualification following the accumulation of twelve points, known as ‘totting up’, is often the most serious scenario that a motorist could face, with potentially serious consequences for work and family life. If you accumulate twelve or more points in a three year period, you could be disqualified for a minimum of six months. However, with the guidance of an experienced Road Traffic Solicitor there may be some options available to you, so it’s important to get specialist legal advice as soon as possible.

FAILURE TO FURNISH ID

These days, many road traffic offences are detected by automated systems with cameras. A letter is then sent to the owner of the vehicle in question, called a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP), requesting information about who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence. Failing to provide this information within 28 days is an offence which can lead to an MS90 conviction. Thousands of motorists find themselves appearing before the courts accused of failing to furnish the required information because they forgot to update their address details with the DVLA and the NIP was sent to the old address. Failing to provide driver details can be complex and we would always recommend taking professional legal advice and representation before replying to a section 172 notice.

SPEEDING

Speeding is the most common road traffic offence committed in England and Wales each year, and many people find themselves in a situation where a relatively minor speeding offence can lead to a more serious disqualification due to the ‘totting up’ of penalty points. We provide the highest calibre of privately funded road traffic law defence expertise in the UK. Whether you are looking to defend the case entirely or pleading guilty with a view to securing the lowest possible points or wanting to avoid a disqualification, we can help

DRIVING WITHOUT INSURANCE

If you have been caught and charged for driving without insurance or driving without a licence, then contact the specialist road traffic offence solicitors at Brian Koffman & Co today. It is important to get specialist legal advice as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of success in a no insurance case.

TAXI OFFENCES

The way taxis are used and maintained is governed by strict laws. There are certain criteria that must be met in order for a person to legally drive a taxi, and this includes the registration and licensing of the vehicle. Driving a taxi without a valid licence for the vehicle or without a valid taxi operators licence can have serious consequences which could mean losing your livelihood. We have a strong track record of defending this type of traffic offence and we will do everything in our power to obtain the best possible outcome for your situation.

CONVICTED IN ABSENCE

Being ‘convicted in absence’ under section 172 of the road traffic act (also known as ‘trial in absentia’) means that the court reached a decision to sentence you for an alleged offence even though you did not attend the court hearing in person. If you have been convicted of a road traffic offence and you were unaware of the proceedings against you, contact our experienced driving offence solicitors now.

NEW DRIVER OFFENCES

In UK law, all drivers are considered ‘new drivers’ for 24 months after they pass their driving test. During this probationary period the consequences of accumulating six penalties points are more severe than usual. If you are in this situation, it is vital that you take legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

SINGLE JUSTICE PROCEDURE NOTICE

A Single Justice Procedure Notice is used by the police to bring proceedings for a range of road traffic offences. Charges such as careless driving, speeding offences, driving without insurance and using a phone while driving, which will not result in a custodial sentence can be dealt with by a magistrate to save time and reduce strain on the court system. We understand how stressful it can be to receive a Single Justice Procedure Notice and that you may not know how to proceed. Our Road Traffic Offence Solicitors give top-rated legal advice based on years of experience – we’d love to help you achieve the best outcome possible in your case.

DRUNK IN CHARGE

Being drunk in charge of a vehicle is quite different from facing a drink driving offence. A driver can be charged when the police have no evidence to prove the ‘driving’ element of the offence. Being found guilty of being drunk in charge of a vehicle is less severe than being convicted of drink driving. However, there is a mandatory minimum of 10 penalty points, which could lead to a driving ban under the ‘totting up’ rules for offenders who have three or more points on their licence. The most common scenario for this offence is when a motorist who is in excess of the prescribed limit of alcohol is found inside a car but is not driving. If you have been charged with this offence then you will need to prove that there was no likelihood of you driving your vehicle whilst you remained in excess of the alcohol limit. By enlisting the services of an experienced traffic offence specialist you stand a far greater chance of reaching a satisfactory outcome.

FAILING TO PROVIDE A BLOOD SAMPLE

Failing to provide a blood sample for analysis is an offence when a person refuses or is unable to give blood when asked to at the police station, unless they have a reasonable excuse for not doing so. Known as a DR60 driving offence, it is viewed by the courts as an extremely serious charge and is treated almost as seriously as drink driving and has the same minimum ban of 12 months. However, magistrates will normally impose a ban of 18-24 months’ unless strong mitigation is shown. In extreme circumstances, this type of offence could even carry a community or custodial sentence, so it's imperative you take immediate advice from expert road traffic solicitors at the earliest time possible.

FAILING TO PROVIDE A SPECIMEN

Unless they have a reasonable excuse for not providing, it is an offence when a person either refuses to or is unable to provide a urine sample for analysis when asked to do so at the police station. Usually, the person will have been arrested after taking a roadside breath test which proved positive. The police officer must warn the person that failure to provide a sample may make him/her liable to prosecution. With a 96% success rate, Brian Koffman & Co have years of experience in handling these types of cases.

BORDERLINE

Whether you find yourself facing a first-time drink driving conviction or whether you have had the misfortune to have been found guilty of drink driving previously, the ramifications of being convicted of drink driving, even when you are a 'borderline drink driving case,' can have a devastating impact on your life and perhaps your career or business. The driving offence solicitors at Brian Koffman & Co can help best advise you and we are ready to talk to you today.

BREATH SAMPLES

A DR70 Conviction is issued to a driver where an initial breath test has been refused. Irrespective of any additional drink-drive charges, refusal to cooperate with the police and refusal to provide the Police with a breath test sample is an offence under section 6 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act. If you have been charged with a failure to supply a breath sample under suspicion of drink-driving. You will need the knowledge, expertise and support of a leading Road Traffic Solicitor who understands the law fully, we can help.

HOSPITAL CASES

Whenever a driver is injured in a road accident and requires medical treatment, the police have the power to request an evidential alcohol sample at the hospital. If the motorist’s injuries prevented the police from carrying out a roadside breath test, or if a driver becomes unwell at the police station and therefore must be transferred to hospital for medical care; blood or urine samples may be requested while the driver is being treated as a patient. Police officers can make mistakes when conducting procedures away from the station.

Such mistakes can involve non-adherence to the practices and procedures that govern taking blood or urine samples in a hospital environment. If you have provided a specimen at the hospital you should enlist the services of an experienced Road Traffic Lawyer in the first instance.

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF COMMITTING A DRIVING OFFENCE?

The maximum penalties for road traffic offences are set by the government. The severity of the offence is taken into account when handing out penalties, with the most serious offences attracting the maximum penalties. The court decides on the appropriate penalty depending on individual circumstances.

What are the most common motoring offences?

Most of us drive on a daily basis. But do we always adhere to the myriad of rules, regulations and laws that must be followed?

Clearly, many road traffic laws are frequently broken as around 250,000 motorists are banned from driving each year in the UK, and around a quarter of current drivers have a driving conviction.

The increase in road surveillance technology has dramatically increased the risk of losing your licence, whether you drive for domestic or commercial purposes.

Speeding is still the most common road traffic offence committed. There are around 5,000-speed cameras in the UK with more being installed every week. Research has shown that almost half of British motorists admit to speeding on the motorway, and around a third say they speed in built-up areas.

Around 100,000 drivers in the UK fail a drink driving breath test each year when stopped by the police.

Police spot checks catch nearly 300,000 motorists a year who are driving without insurance.

The two most common distractions whilst driving are the use of mobile phones and eating behind the wheel. They are also the cause of many major road accidents.

What are the consequences of committing a driving offence?

The maximum penalties for road traffic offences are set by the government. The severity of the offence is taken into account when handing out penalties, with the most serious motoring offences attracting the maximum penalties. The court decides on the appropriate penalty depending on individual circumstances.

Lots of driving offences will come with set penalty points and a fine, but for some offences the courts have discretionary powers which enable them to ban a driver.

What happens if I get points on my licence?

The courts can fine you and put points on your licence if you are convicted of a motoring offence.  Points (known as ‘endorsements’), must stay on your driving licence for 4 or 11 years depending on the offence.

If you build up 12 or more penalty points within a 3 year period you can be disqualified, but the rules are different for new drivers.  If you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your driving test, your licence will be revoked.

The number of points you receive for a driving offence change according to the severity of the offence.  For example, exceeding the speed limit on a motorway could result in between 3 and 6 penalty points on your licence whereas the offence of driving with an alcohol level about the legal limit carries a penalty of 10 points.

You are legally obliged to tell your insurance company about any penalty points you have.  Research by the RAC found that nearly 20% of the motorists surveyed would not inform their insurer if the picked up points.  Unfortunately, failure to declare your points could invalidate your insurance policy and driving without insurance could result in further points and potentially prosecution.  Informing your insurance company about your driving penalties will probably mean an increase in the cost of your insurance premium but that’s likely to be much lower than the cost of hiding them.

Is it possible to reduce the length of a driving ban?

With thorough preparation and careful gathering of proof, it is sometimes possible to reduce the length of a driving ban.  It is vital that the case is given to the court in an appropriate manner and our team of experienced motoring offence solicitors have many years of successful experience with doing just this.

For some motoring offences, a driving ban is obligatory, but in other situations, a driving ban can be avoided.  For example, if a driver gets twelve points inside a 3 year period then he/she could be disqualified according to 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.

What should I do if the police want to talk to me about a driving incident?

If the police want to talk to you about a driving offence it is always best to seek legal advice beforehand.  It is your legal right to speak to a solicitor before you speak to the police, so call us before you say anything. 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. 

CONTACT US TODAY

If you now need expert advice or representation. Motoring Offence Solicitors offer the very best privately funded Motoring Law defence advocacy to clients in Manchester and across the UK.  Call our team today on 0161 832 3852 for a free consultation, or complete the enquiry form on the right-hand side of this page: