Most driving convictions mean that you will be given penalty points or a driving ban. For example all drivers who are guilty of drink driving are disqualified for at least 12 months. Often the only way to avoid a ban or points is to prove that there are special reasons in your case.
If you need a solicitor to represent you at court for a special reasons case then I can help.
How do special reasons work
Special reasons always follow a guilty plea to a driving charge.
You will need to prove to the Magistrates or the judge that there are special reasons not to disqualify you from driving or not to give you penalty points. If the argument works then you will still have a conviction for the offence. Special reasons just mean that the court have a discretion not to give you the points or the ban.
After your guilty plea there will normally be an adjournment of the case. The special reasons will be heard on another day. The magistrates or the judge will hear evidence before they make their decision. You may have to give evidence in court yourself and you may need to call other witnesses. It all works a bit like a trial.
What is/is not a special reason
The most important thing to remember about a special reason is that it must relate to the commission of the offence. That means it must be to do with the events that happened on the day that you were actually seen driving.
A special reason can not be anything to do with you personal circumstances. If a driving ban is going to have a devastating effect on you that will not be a special reason.
Some examples of special reasons are:
- Driving a very short distance
- Escaping from an assault
- Spiked drinks in a drink driving case
- Young drivers relying on their parents to arrange insurance
What will a solicitor do for me in a special reasons case
Every case is different. Not everything on the list will happen in every case. There will be some extra things that will come up too.
- Reviewing the evidence from the police or the prosecutor
- Helping you to collect the right evidence to support your case
- Giving you detailed advice about the whole case
- Advising you about getting expert evidence
- Explaining about giving evidence in court
- Representing you at court at the hearing
- Putting forward arguments why you should not be given a ban or points
- Persuading the magistrates or the judge to impose the lowest penalty possible
No substitute for experience
I specialise in representing drivers accused of motoring offences. I have many years of experience representing clients in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. All solicitors are authorised to appear in the Magistrates’ Court but I have two extra qualifications:
- Member of the Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme – an award that is only given to solicitors who have reached a required standard and level of experience in the Magistrates’ Court.
- Higher Rights of Audience – means that I am authorised to appear in the Crown Court. Most solicitors are not allowed to appear in Crown Court trials. Traditionally that is a job that only barristers are allowed to do.
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