Finding a Driving Offence Solicitor
At Waldrons Solicitors we have extensive experience in defending clients facing driving offences and we understand the consequences of receiving penalty points or losing your driving licence. Our Dudley Team has experience in representing those accused of serious driving offences, such as causing death by dangerous driving, and those accused of more minor offences, such as driving without a licence or insurance.
Situated on The Inhedge, just off Dudley High Street and opposite Dudley Magistrates’ Court, we are able to represent people accused of or charged with driving offences in Dudley. Our driving solicitor experts have been able to help our client’s keep their driving licences, or where they face a mandatory disqualification, assist in reducing the length of the disqualification to get our client’s back on the road. It is important that you get early legal advice if you find yourself accused of a driving offence by calling Waldrons Solicitors.
What Can Driving Solicitors in Dudley Help With?
At Waldrons we can help you with any of the following issues and offences:
- New driver provisions
- Early return of driving licence
- Driving without a licence
- Failing to provide the identity of a driver
- Driving using a mobile phone
- Failing to stop after an accident
- Failing to report an accident
- Permitting someone to drive without insurance
- Drink driving
- Drug driving
- Failing to provide a specimen
- Careless driving
- Dangerous driving
- Notice of intended prosecutions
- 12 point totting up
- Exceptional hardship
The expert legal advice provided by Waldrons is not limited to the above list and if there are any other issues you require our assistance with please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.
Drink Driving Offences
Drink driving is a criminal offence and one of the most common offences Waldrons are instructed to assist with. If you are found to be driving with more than 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath, you are likely to find yourself prosecuted for a driving offence. There is a 12 month minimum disqualification from driving for drink driving offences.
As well as a disqualification from driving, drink driving offences also attract a separate penalty, ranging from a fine up to a custodial sentence for more serious drink driving offences. For example, a driver who is found driving with between 60 and 89 micrograms of alcohol per millilitres of breath faces a disqualification for a period between 17 and 22 months, as well as a separate penalty of a fine or a community order.
Speeding offences attract a fine and penalty points or a disqualification for up to fifty-six days. The fine payable, number of penalty points and length of disqualification depend on the speed limit and alleged speed of the driver. For example, a driver who is found driving at thirty-five miles per hour in a thirty miles per hour zone will receive a band A fine (25% – 75% of their relevant weekly income) and three points on their driving licence. In comparison, a driver who is found driving at fifty-five miles per hour in thirty miles per hour zone will receive a band C fine (125% – 175% of their relevant weekly income) and six points on their driving license. In this case, the court may decide to disqualify the driver for up to fifty-six days.
Causing Death by Careless Driving
An offence of driving without due care and attention (also known as careless driving) is committed when a driver’s driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver. Some examples of careless driving include driving too close to another vehicle, turning into the path of another vehicle and misusing lanes to gain advantage over other drivers. Where the careless driving causes the death of another person, an offence of causing death by careless driving may have been committed.
If a driver is found to have caused death by careless or inconsiderate driving, the possible sentence depends on the nature of their driving any aggravating factors that exist. Where the driving is careless arising from momentary inattention with no aggravating factors, then the starting point for this offence would be a medium level community order. In comparison, where the driving falls not far short of dangerous driving, the starting point for sentencing purposes is a 15 month custodial sentence. Aggravating factors including committing other driving offences at the same time, previous convictions for driving offences and causing injury to other people in addition to the death.
Causing Death by Dangerous Driving
An offence of dangerous driving is committed when the defendant’s driving falls far below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver and it is obvious that driving in that way would be dangerous. Some examples of dangerous driving include ignoring traffic lights, overtaking dangerously and driving when unfit. Where the dangerous driving causes the death of another person, an offence of causing death by dangerous driving may have been committed.
The starting point for sentencing purposes for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving is a custodial one, and the length of the custodial term depends on the nature of the offence, including the risk of danger that is created by the dangerous driving. The offence will be given one of three different levels, with level 1 being the most serious and level 3 being the least serious.
Dudley Office Details
- 34 Dudley Court, The Inhedge, Dudley, DY1 1RR
- 01384 888 770
Arrange a Meeting with Our Dudley Team Today
Call our Dudley Team today and we will be happy to provide a free initial telephone consultation to discuss your case with you and advise you as to the next steps.
We offer different levels of services tailored to suit your needs and it is important that you get legal advice early so that you understand your options.