New from Adroit: Legal help for road traffic offences

1 April 2024

Reliable and experienced road traffic, driving and motoring offence legal services that help to keep your people moving. 

For many of us, our driving licences are a lifeline. Whether using the car for work, to get the family to school and appointments, or to help provide essential care for someone close, it’s a freedom that we almost take for granted.

But facing a motoring conviction can be worrying. Accessing the right help at an early stage is crucial in order for your people – whether your employees, clients, customers or service users – to navigate the process and protect their driving record.

Adroit has recently added Road Traffic and Driving Offences to our suite of legal services, helping individuals to stay on the road.

What road traffic offences does Adroit help with?

Changes in recent years to digital enforcement camera systems mean that more motorists than ever are receiving fines and points for speeding, careless driving and other motoring charges.

Our specialist road traffic legal advisers support individuals including car drivers, motorcyclists, professional drivers and cyclists, with defences to traffic and driving offences including:

  • Speeding offences
  • Dangerous or careless driving, including death by dangerous driving
  • ‘Totting up’ of penalty points
  • Drink or drug driving
  • Mobile phone offences
  • Traffic light offences
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving without a licence
  • Driving while disqualified
  • Failure to provide information, a specimen or documents
  • Failure to stop after an accident, or failure to report an accident

What is ‘totting up’?

A driver may be banned from driving for a period if they have accumulated – or ‘totted up’ – 12  points on their driving licence in a 3-year period resulting in a court appearance, where an automatic ban of 6 months is usually imposed. This ban may be longer if the court feels that the circumstances warrant it.

Adroit’s specialist Road Traffic and Driving Offence legal advisers support those facing a ‘totting up’ ban with mitigation and defence, aiming to keep drivers on the road especially where a ban would result in exceptional hardship, would be damaging to family life, or would have a serious impact on career prospects.

What sort of penalties are imposed for a motoring offence?

Potential penalties vary depending on the offence, from attending a speed awareness course and paying a fine, to lengthy bans or even custodial sentences. For example:

  • An offer of a speed awareness course, payment of a fine or endorsement of points on a licence may be made for minor speeding offences
  • Driving while using a mobile phone attracts a fine and endorsement of 6 penalty points on a licence
  • Drink driving or drug driving may incur a minimum 12-month ban, an unlimited fine, and/or a custodial sentence
  • Dangerous driving can lead to a custodial sentence of up to 2 years, a lengthy ban and the need to take an extended driving test before a licence is returned

How will Adroit help with a defence?  

Adroit’s specialist legal advisers represent drivers during the process from Police Stations and Magistrates’ Courts through to Appeals Courts if necessary, whether the incident has just happened, a Notice of Intended Prosecution has been received, the driver summoned, been invited to police interview or has already been charged.

Clients receive a FREE 30-minute initial consultation for some immediate guidance, and discounted rates on fees as the defence progresses.


This article has been prepared by Adroit Legal Services and is not intended to constitute legal advice.

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