Road safety is vital for both you and other drivers on the road, but statistics show that over two million UK drivers are convicted of a motoring offence each year. Offences can be classed as major or minor and they include things like speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not wearing a seatbelt, or driving without insurance.
The consequences of being charged with a motoring offence can be severe and it can have a major impact on your livelihood and reputation. It’s important to know where you stand and seek help as soon as possible, so if you’ve been charged with a motoring offence, see our guide below for what to do next.
What are the penalties?
The consequences of a driving conviction can be severe and the penalties will depend on how serious your offence was. Minor offences usually result in a Fixed Penalty Notice; you’ll need to pay a fine and may also receive points on your licence. More serious offences can result in a driving ban, greater fines or even a prison sentence.
Should I tell my insurer?
It’s likely that you’ll pay higher insurance premiums if you have a driving conviction, but some companies specialise in offering insurance for those with motoring offences. It’s important to tell your insurer about any convictions you do have, whatever the circumstances. Failure to do so could mean that your insurance is invalid.
Seeking legal advice
If you’ve been charged with a motoring offence, it’s important to seek legal help as soon as possible. The consequences of a driving conviction can be devastating, but legal advice and representation can help to minimise the damage. Specialist solicitors can represent you in court if necessary or argue your case to ensure that you keep your licence.
If you’ve been charged with a motoring offence, seek professional legal advice from the experts at ITN Solicitors. We can provide assistance in relation to a wide range of driving offences, including speeding, drink driving, driving without insurance and dangerous driving. Our team is available to represent you in court and help you gain the best possible outcome, so give us a call today or contact us via our website to arrange an appointment.