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When to use a lawyer for a motoring offence

October 12 2017

With many different motoring offences out there, it can be difficult to know when to use a lawyer to defend yourself against the charge and when it may be a better option to deal with the fine on your own. If you have been charged with an offence our lawyers at Grahame Stowe Bateson will able to advise you what your best options are depending on the individual circumstances of the incident. Here, we have outlined a few points to bear in mind when it comes to motoring offences:

1. Offences that carry a possible sentence

If the offence is so serious that a jail term is a potential outcome then it is advisable to employ the services of a lawyer. They will be able to represent you in court no matter which way you are pleading and will ensure that you receive a fair hearing and punishment if you decide to plead guilty during proceedings.

 2. Offences where it is possible you will be disqualified

If the offence you have been charged with could lead to your licence being revoked or you being disqualified from driving for a fixed period of time, it is also advisable to use a lawyer. They will be able to argue your case and ensure that your side of the story is heard in court.

3. Fines

With fines that do not carry any penalty points it is less clear cut about whether to use a lawyer or just to pay the charge. Ultimately this will depend on the kind of offence and the circumstances it arose in. Again, our experienced team will be able to advise you on the possible courses of action you can take.

Grahame Stowe Bateson is one of Yorkshire’s leading private client firms. We are highly experienced in helping clients facing motoring offences and are committed to helping you preserve your driving licence. To find out more about how our lawyers can help you, please get in touch today by calling 0113 2468163.





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