Minor driving offences
Common minor driving offences that our solicitors in Hinckley deal with include using a mobile phone whilst driving, or speeding. In some instances, our criminal defence solicitors may be able to help you avoid a driving ban or hefty fine if there are mitigating circumstances around why you were speeding or using a mobile phone.
Penalties for minor driving offences
In the case of minor driving offences, what you are charged with is largely up to the police to decide. In some cases, they may decide to take no action, whilst in others they could require that you take a road safety course or they can charge you with an offence.
Common types of minor driving penalties
- Driving without wearing a seatbelt could result in a fine of up to £500
- Driving without an MOT could result in a fine of up to £1,000
- Driving through a red light could result in a fine of up to £1,000 and 3 penalty points
- Speeding could result in a fine of up to £1,000 and 3-6 penalty points
- Using a mobile phone whilst driving could result in a fine of up to £1,000 and 6 penalty points
- Driving without insurance could result in a fine of up to £5,000 and a discretionary disqualification which is typically for 3 months, if a ban can be avoided you will still get 6-8penalty points
- Driving whilst disqualified could result in 6 months’ imprisonment, a fine of £5,000 and a further ban or 6 penalty points
Major driving offences
Serious driving offences include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or dangerous driving.
If you are charged with either of these offences, our criminal defence solicitors will be able to advise you of any defence that may be available, and will be able to help to present your case in the best possible way. Even if you have no defence, proper presentation of mitigating circumstances can make a huge difference to the penalty to be imposed. It is very important that the courts are made aware of your ability to pay a fine, and the impact that the loss of your licence will have on you.
Penalties for major driving offences
Penalties vary depending on how serious the driving offence is. For example, causing death by dangerous driving can result in 10 years’ imprisonment and a driving ban for a minimum of 2 years. In comparison, driving without due care and attention carries the possibility of a ban, but would more likely result in 3-9 points and a fine.
Advice about driving offences in Hinckley
If you have been stopped by the police, or you are under investigation, or if you have been convicted of a driving offence in or around Hinckley, get in touch with our criminal defence team who will be happy discuss whether they can do anything to help. Call our Hinckley office on 01455 639900 or if Leicester is more convenient for you, call us on 0116 254 8871.