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Careless and Dangerous Driving Solicitors

We have years of experience of successfully defending Careless Driving and Dangerous Driving.

For free initial advice call 0800 999 5535

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Success Rate* From Jan 2018

*Based on results from Jan 2018.

73% careless driving cases found not guilty or not disqualified

73% Success rate

 

Read About Our Court Victories

 

From Our Clients

 

“I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today”

Despite the risk of totting up 12 points I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today. Thanks to Millars Solicitors for very prompt and effective legal support. I highly recommend them.

ANON

Water Engineer
Oct 16, 2019

“I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today”

Despite the risk of totting up 12 points I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today. Thanks to Millars Solicitors for very prompt and effective legal support. I highly recommend them.

ANON

Water Engineer
Oct 16, 2019

“I can not be more happier with the out come of my case”

I can not be more happier with the out come of my case which Carl millar took on for me . I had 9 points on my licence for speeding had been caught doing 92 in a 70 zone which was going to be a 6 month ban under the totting up system. Carl explained that we should put in a case for hardship due to the work I …

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Shaun

Freelance photography
Sep 19, 2019

“I can not be more happier with the out come of my case”

I can not be more happier with the out come of my case which Carl millar took on for me . I had 9 points on my licence for speeding had been caught doing 92 in a 70 zone which was going to be a 6 month ban under the totting up system. Carl explained that we should put in a case for hardship due to the work I do and people I employ needless to say I still have my license. I would definitely use Millars again
Thanks again Carl

Shaun

Freelance photography
Sep 19, 2019

“Can’t thank these guys enough for the work they done”

Can’t thank these guys enough for the work they done in providing a service that allowed me to keep my license

G Howard

Taxi driver
Jul 12, 2019

“Can’t thank these guys enough for the work they done”

Can’t thank these guys enough for the work they done in providing a service that allowed me to keep my license

G Howard

Taxi driver
Jul 12, 2019

“Great service, good advice ,great results”

Great service, good advice ,great results. Many thanks .

Tristan Eves

Managing Director
Apr 17, 2019

“Great service, good advice ,great results”

Great service, good advice ,great results. Many thanks .

Tristan Eves

Managing Director
Apr 17, 2019

“Calm and reassuring at every level whilst giving honest advice”

From the moment I spoke to Carl I knew I wanted him to represent us. Calm and reassuring at every level whilst giving honest advice. A genuinely lovely person with his clients interests at heart. Having an expert in Carl made such a difference to us. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Julia

Teacher
Apr 11, 2019

“Calm and reassuring at every level whilst giving honest advice”

From the moment I spoke to Carl I knew I wanted him to represent us. Calm and reassuring at every level whilst giving honest advice. A genuinely lovely person with his clients interests at heart. Having an expert in Carl made such a difference to us. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Julia

Teacher
Apr 11, 2019

“Without their help I would not have be driving now and would have no doubt lost my job and home”

I would like to convey my deepest appreciation for all the work carried out on my behalf by Millar Solicitors on my recent court case on the points totting up case.
Without their help I would not have be driving now and would have no doubt lost my job and home.
Millars Solicitors kept me informed before and during t…

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Neil H

Manager
Apr 4, 2019

“Without their help I would not have be driving now and would have no doubt lost my job and home”

I would like to convey my deepest appreciation for all the work carried out on my behalf by Millar Solicitors on my recent court case on the points totting up case.
Without their help I would not have be driving now and would have no doubt lost my job and home.
Millars Solicitors kept me informed before and during the case which helped me a great deal.
I would definitely advise anyone who got themselves into the situation I found myslf in to contact Millars Solicitors, they are a very professional company

Neil H

Neil H

Manager
Apr 4, 2019

“Thank God I spoke to you and it’s amazing to actually move on now”

Thank you so much for everything you have done. Thank God I spoke to you and it’s amazing to actually move on now. If I hear of anyone I know who has any driving offence issues I will tell them to contact you.

Mr G

Estate Agent
Mar 19, 2019

“Thank God I spoke to you and it’s amazing to actually move on now”

Thank you so much for everything you have done. Thank God I spoke to you and it’s amazing to actually move on now. If I hear of anyone I know who has any driving offence issues I will tell them to contact you.

Mr G

Estate Agent
Mar 19, 2019

“I was extremely satisfied with the service received and was found not guilty.”

Fantastic service from the very first telephone call with Paul all the way through to a satisfactory outcome. Paul took the time to explain everything and clearly gave all the options available to me. He clearly explained the court procedure and spent a good amount of time the day before explaining how …

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HP

Company Director
Mar 19, 2019

“I was extremely satisfied with the service received and was found not guilty.”

Fantastic service from the very first telephone call with Paul all the way through to a satisfactory outcome. Paul took the time to explain everything and clearly gave all the options available to me. He clearly explained the court procedure and spent a good amount of time the day before explaining how things would work. I was extremely satisfied with the service received and was found not guilty.

HP

Company Director
Mar 19, 2019

Our specialist team of Careless Driving and Dangerous Driving solicitors have years of experience successfully defending Careless Driving and Dangerous Driving cases.  Call our team today for free initial advice on 0800 999 5535 or submit your case and we will call you back

What is the difference between Careless Driving and Dangerous Driving?

 

Careless Driving

  • Careless driving, also known as driving without due care and attention, means that the standard of driving is below the standard expected by a competent and careful driver.

Dangerous Driving

  • Dangerous driving is far below the standard expected by a competent and careful driver.
  • Sentencing guidelines are a maximum fine of £5,000 with 3-9 penalty points (or a discretionary disqualification). If convicted of dangerous driving you could be looking at up to 2 years in prison. There is a compulsory ban for a minimum of 12 months with an extended retest at the end.

Defending Careless and Dangerous Driving Charge

The law – The law about the two standards of driving is in the Road Traffic Act 1988.

 

Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines

Dangerous or careless driving is not about the consequence of that action, it is about the standard of driving, as a seemingly small mistake could lead to a serious injury, even death.  The Police or The Crown Prosecution Service make the first decision.  If they decide to prosecute and you don’t agree it is up to the Crown Court to decide.

In preparing a defence we need to examine every aspect of the case.  There are certain circumstances that need to be taken into account: whether the action was deliberate or a result of inexperience, conditions of the road, route taken, accident report, witnesses etc.

Keep My Driving Licence, part of Millar’s Solicitors, are experienced at examining and challenging the evidence.  We will work hard to win your case and, in some circumstances, avoid a jail sentence.

 

Examples of Dangerous Driving

  • Speeding excessively
  • Prolonged bad driving
  • Disregard of safety to others
  • Driving whilst being pursued by police
  • Failure to adhere to safe driving especially in pedestrian zones such as schools, horses, residential areas etc
  • Aggressive driving, such as abrupt lane changes, cutting into vehicles, tailgating
  • Disregard for other passengers’ warnings
  • Failure to stop or take notice of traffic signs and traffic lights
  • Overtaking in a dangerous place
  • Racing driving
  • To compose or read a text message that would cause you to become dangerously distracted by that use.
  • Dangerous manoeuvre
  • Use of hand held electronic equipment i.e. mobile telephones

Examples of Careless Driving

  • Failing to adhere to the highway code
  • Tailgating
  • Overtaking on the inside
  • Driving through a red light
  • Failing to look properly
  • Sudden braking
  • Turning into the path of another driver
  • Attention diversion inside the car, for example, using a mobile phone, tuning the radio
  • Attention diversion outside the car, for example, ‘rubber necking’

FAQs

Should I drive to Court?

This depends on your plea: Yes, if you are pleading not guiltyNo, if you are to be sentenced for an offence that carries a mandatory disqualification.

Our advice is that anyone who faces the possibility of a period of disqualification, no matter how small, should not drive to Court.

 

The Police Officer said that if I instruct a Solicitor I can avoid a disqualification, is this true?

This can be true in a lot of cases, however, if it is your intention to plead guilty to an offence that carries a mandatory period of disqualification, then the Magistrates have no discretion not to impose a period of disqualification.

 

I really need my car for my job, will the Court let me keep my licence?

If you are facing a disqualification for accumulating 12 penalty points or more (‘totting up’) or facing a sentence that carries a discretionary disqualification, then it is possible to persuade the Magistrates not to disqualify you. However, if you are to be sentenced for an offence that carries a mandatory disqualification, like driving with excess alcohol for example, then these types of offences carry a mandatory disqualification and the Magistrates have no discretion. In those circumstances you will only avoid a ban if your case is successfully defended after a not guilty plea.

 

Do you cover cases on Legal Aid?

No. All our cases are on a private paying fixed fee basis. We will tell you what your exact fees will be before you engage us. We cover Courts throughout England and Wales. Only general Criminal Defence Solicitors (not road traffic specialists) based in an area close to where your Court case is, will have a Legal Aid Contract. You may not be eligible for Legal Aid in any event. The two tests for whether you are eligible for Legal Aid are

  1. Whether you are financially eligible
  2. Whether it is in the interest of Justice for you to receive Legal Aid for the offence that you are due to appear before the Court for. For almost all road traffic matters you will not be eligible for Legal Aid as for a lot of cases the Sentence is a financial penalty and either penalty points or a disqualification.
Will I have to say anything in Court?

Once we are instructed by you, we will advise you of the precise Court procedure. If you are pleading guilty to an offence, then you will only have to confirm your name and enter your plea. We will present the mitigation on your behalf.

If you are pleading not guilty, you may have to give evidence at your Trial, but you will be guided by Millars Solicitors.

 

What are my chances, can you give me a percentage?

We would not give a client their chance of success in a percentage. We would not give a client their chance of success in a percentage, as this is not realistic. We provide all clients with a comprehensive assessment of their case and we are instructed on the basis that the client has been advised of their chances of success.

 

Will the Police or witnesses be in Court?

If you are pleading guilty or if it is your first hearing and you are pleaded not guilty then the witnesses will not be in Court.

If your matter is listed for a Trial, then the witnesses will be in Court as the Court will want to hear what the witnesses have to say.

 

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More From Our Clients

 

“Couldn’t ask for a better result”

Couldn’t ask for a better result – and in the hands of Millars Solicitors!

Endris

London
Nov 28, 2019

“Couldn’t ask for a better result”

Couldn’t ask for a better result – and in the hands of Millars Solicitors!

Endris

London
Nov 28, 2019

“Best advice and always available when I had questions”

Following a summons for using my mobile phone whilst driving which put me in the totting up process, I contacted Millars Solicitors for advice and representation. Paul Turner was great throughout the whole process, giving me the best advice and always available when I had questions. Paul prepared my cas…

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Will

Corporate Account Manager
South Wales
Nov 28, 2019

“Best advice and always available when I had questions”

Following a summons for using my mobile phone whilst driving which put me in the totting up process, I contacted Millars Solicitors for advice and representation. Paul Turner was great throughout the whole process, giving me the best advice and always available when I had questions. Paul prepared my case very well which allowed me to keep my licence and continue with my day to day life.

Will

Corporate Account Manager
South Wales
Nov 28, 2019

“I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help.”

Without the service, advice and professionalism of Carl at Millars solicitors, I’d now be dealing with the consequences of a 6 month driving ban.
I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help. Thank you!

Rob

Builder/joiner
Manchester
Nov 1, 2019

“I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help.”

Without the service, advice and professionalism of Carl at Millars solicitors, I’d now be dealing with the consequences of a 6 month driving ban.
I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help. Thank you!

Rob

Builder/joiner
Manchester
Nov 1, 2019

“I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence”

Helped me feel more confident about my case and communicated really well – I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence. A good service all round!

CB

Manager
Oct 22, 2019

“I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence”

Helped me feel more confident about my case and communicated really well – I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence. A good service all round!

CB

Manager
Oct 22, 2019

“I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today”

Despite the risk of totting up 12 points I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today. Thanks to Millars Solicitors for very prompt and effective legal support. I highly recommend them.

ANON

Water Engineer
Oct 16, 2019

“I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today”

Despite the risk of totting up 12 points I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today. Thanks to Millars Solicitors for very prompt and effective legal support. I highly recommend them.

ANON

Water Engineer
Oct 16, 2019

“Absoulte best outcome I could have hoped for”

The initial conversation I had with Carl really calmed my fears. He explained how these cases work and the potential outcomes. He was very attentive and understanding. I really had little expectation going into this as I had spoken with another solicitor and they were very negative.

I found Carl to be p…

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MH

Project Manager
Oct 7, 2019

“Absoulte best outcome I could have hoped for”

The initial conversation I had with Carl really calmed my fears. He explained how these cases work and the potential outcomes. He was very attentive and understanding. I really had little expectation going into this as I had spoken with another solicitor and they were very negative.

I found Carl to be positive and put a positive spin on this silly situation I had gotten myself into. They handled my case professionally and with care. If anyone I knew ever got into this situation, I would recommend Millars Solicitors. The result I got was the absolute best outcome I could have hoped for.

MH

Project Manager
Oct 7, 2019

“If I am honest, without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome”

I engaged Millars for an up and coming case.

Paul, Carl and Keith are a great team – they were very honest and forthright on the expectations and outcomes that I should accept and basically put me in the correct frame of mind what to expect.

Paul was great on communication and the reality of my situation and Keith Jon…

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JPC

Consultant
Oct 7, 2019

“If I am honest, without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome”

I engaged Millars for an up and coming case.

Paul, Carl and Keith are a great team – they were very honest and forthright on the expectations and outcomes that I should accept and basically put me in the correct frame of mind what to expect.

Paul was great on communication and the reality of my situation and Keith Jones on the day – apart from being a very personable lawyer – did not let the court take any liberties in what they could and could not do.

Calls in to Millars were responded to quickly and if I am honest without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome.

As I was told ‘A person that goes into court and represents himself has a fool of a client’ and that is why I would always and highly recommend Paul, Carl and Keith to anyone that finds themselves in a similar situation. I can’t thank them enough.

JPC

JPC

Consultant
Oct 7, 2019

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About Keep My Driving Licence

Keep My Driving Licence is part of Millars Solicitors who are a specialist firm of road traffic and drink driving solicitors who represent motorists all over the country.

Formed by Carl Millar, Millars Solicitors has adopted his dogged tenacity and exacting technical understanding of motoring law. Before starting Millars Solicitors, Carl has been employed as the Head of Department at some of the most high profile Motoring Law Firms in the country. He is a member of the Society of Motoring Lawyers and has an enviable nationwide reputation for the results he gets for his clients.

Through representing a wide range of people you will find Carl and his team very approachable and never judgemental. Their advice is straightforward and will leave no stone unturned in pursuing all available defences in presenting your case.

If you have been caught drink driving you can contact Carl today on 0800 999 5535 or your can send a confidential email by clicking here. If you need to speak to a drink driving solicitor out of office hours than please call the 24 hour emergency line on 07855 806119.

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