London | Manchester | Leeds | Bristol | Birmingham | Nationwide

FAILING TO STOP AND FAILING TO REPORT

We have years of experience of successfully defending failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident cases.

For free initial advice call 0800 999 5535

%

Success Rate

*From 2018 we reduced 100% of our clients potential sentence based on sentencing guidelines used by the Court

SPECIALIST FAILING TO STOP AND FAILING TO REPORT SOLICITORS

Read About Our Court Victories

 

From Our Clients

 

I much appreciated your skill during the hearing.

Many thanks for the work you did in preparing my case. I much appreciated your skill during the hearing.

Mrs H

Dance Instructor
Dec 19, 2014

I much appreciated your skill during the hearing.

Many thanks for the work you did in preparing my case. I much appreciated your skill during the hearing.

Mrs H

Dance Instructor
Dec 19, 2014

“I managed to keep my license and it wouldn’t of been possible without your help.”

Thank you and Millars Solicitors for taking hold of my case. I managed to keep my license and it wouldn’t of been possible without your help.

Mr T

Electrician
Sep 19, 2016

“I managed to keep my license and it wouldn’t of been possible without your help.”

Thank you and Millars Solicitors for taking hold of my case. I managed to keep my license and it wouldn’t of been possible without your help.

Mr T

Electrician
Sep 19, 2016

“The advice received was knowledgeable, frank and honest”

The advice received was knowledgeable, frank and honest. There were no false hopes as to the potential outcome. All the options and court room procedure were clearly explained. our family had never attended court before, so the prospect was daunting. It would have been infinitely more stressful for Jame…

Read More

J.F

Student
Jul 19, 2017

“The advice received was knowledgeable, frank and honest”

The advice received was knowledgeable, frank and honest. There were no false hopes as to the potential outcome. All the options and court room procedure were clearly explained. our family had never attended court before, so the prospect was daunting. It would have been infinitely more stressful for James and us to attend Court and make representation on our own.

J.F

Student
Jul 19, 2017

“From my first panicked phone call, right through the hearing, it was outstanding”

The advice was professional, clearly delivered, prompt and in my best interests. From my first panicked phone call, right through the hearing, it was outstanding. carl represented me with the most comprehensive and professional approach. His knowledge of the law surrounding motoring offences is incredib…

Read More

Mr T

Sales Representative
Feb 18, 2018

“From my first panicked phone call, right through the hearing, it was outstanding”

The advice was professional, clearly delivered, prompt and in my best interests. From my first panicked phone call, right through the hearing, it was outstanding. carl represented me with the most comprehensive and professional approach. His knowledge of the law surrounding motoring offences is incredible and if I had to go through this experience again he would most certainly be my first phone call. I can’t recommend Millars Solicitors enough.

Mr T

Sales Representative
Feb 18, 2018

“They put my case forward perfectly, which resulted in me getting the best result possible”

I was very satisfied with the advice received; everything was made very clear. Carl was excellent in sharing information. He put my mind at ease by telling me I could call him about my case, and was available up to 11pm. I was very satisfied with Millars Solicitors. They put my case forward perfectly, w…

Read More

John M

Crane Operator
Feb 19, 2018

“They put my case forward perfectly, which resulted in me getting the best result possible”

I was very satisfied with the advice received; everything was made very clear. Carl was excellent in sharing information. He put my mind at ease by telling me I could call him about my case, and was available up to 11pm. I was very satisfied with Millars Solicitors. They put my case forward perfectly, which resulted in me getting the best result possible. Thank you to Carl for his efforts and support with my case.

John M

Crane Operator
Feb 19, 2018

“Very satisfied with the advice and guidance provided”

I was very satisfied with the advice and guidance provided. All the options available were discussed with me as well as consequences and practical considerations. Time was taken to talk through and explore these in some detail. I think the outcome was the best possible outcome I could have expected with…

Read More

Mr S

Human Resources
Apr 19, 2018

“Very satisfied with the advice and guidance provided”

I was very satisfied with the advice and guidance provided. All the options available were discussed with me as well as consequences and practical considerations. Time was taken to talk through and explore these in some detail. I think the outcome was the best possible outcome I could have expected within the parameters of the offence. I would recommend Millars Solicitors to others in the future.

Mr S

Human Resources
Apr 19, 2018

“If you want a quality service then Millars Solicitors are the go to firm.”

Carl and team are fantastic to deal with. Handled my case with skill, professionalism and respect. I did not feel judged. On the day of the first plea hearing, Carl made me feel at ease by explaining clearly the court process. As soon as any new information was available I was informed straight away. If…

Read More

NH

Sales Assistant
Jul 19, 2018

“If you want a quality service then Millars Solicitors are the go to firm.”

Carl and team are fantastic to deal with. Handled my case with skill, professionalism and respect. I did not feel judged. On the day of the first plea hearing, Carl made me feel at ease by explaining clearly the court process. As soon as any new information was available I was informed straight away. If you want a quality service then Millars Solicitors are the go to firm.

NH

Sales Assistant
Jul 19, 2018

“Fantastic result and professional through and through”

Fantastic result and professional through and through
Thanks Carl and his team

ANON

Jan 7, 2019

“Fantastic result and professional through and through”

Fantastic result and professional through and through
Thanks Carl and his team

ANON

Jan 7, 2019

“Pleased with the result as I was expecting the worst.”

Great stuff, thanks Carl & team.

Pleased with the result as I was expecting the worst.

Thanks to Joseph, he relayed my case very eloquently and put forward all pertinent and supporting points very effectively.

Mr SJ

Private
Jan 19, 2019

“Pleased with the result as I was expecting the worst.”

Great stuff, thanks Carl & team.

Pleased with the result as I was expecting the worst.

Thanks to Joseph, he relayed my case very eloquently and put forward all pertinent and supporting points very effectively.

Mr SJ

Private
Jan 19, 2019

“I managed to keep my leicence, highly recommend”

Can not thank Carl and Paul enough, they were fantastic to deal with, I managed to keep my leicence, highly recommend

Anon

Feb 9, 2019

“I managed to keep my leicence, highly recommend”

Can not thank Carl and Paul enough, they were fantastic to deal with, I managed to keep my leicence, highly recommend

Anon

Feb 9, 2019

Keep My Driving Licence have years of experience in defending charges of failing to stop or to failing to report accidents.  Call our specialist team today on 0800 999 5535 or submit your case and we will call you back.

Road accidents happen, but do you know what you are legally obliged to do if you are involved in one?

What is Failing to Stop?

Any driver, regardless of fault, involved in a road traffic accident that has caused injury or damage has a duty to stop and remain at the scene, and to provide information including:

  • level of involvement in the accident;
  • name and address and insurance details; and
  • whether any damage has been caused to a vehicle or to property or a person injured.

Even if you stop at the accident but do not provide details when asked, this can be deemed to be failing to stop.

If I leave the accident, can I come back later to sort it out?

You should not leave the scene.  Even if you return later, you may still be charged with the offence and face potential prosecution.

What if I checked but there was no damage and the other vehicle owner wasn’t present?

If absolutely no damage has been caused to the other vehicle then you do not need to provide any details. It may be sensible to take photographs at the scene, just in case.

What is Failing to Report?

If any driver fails to stop and exchange details after an accident, then there is a duty to report that accident to the police within 24 hours of it occurring.  There is no need to report an accident if the drivers have stopped and exchanged particulars at the scene.

Can I report the accident to the police by phone?

No – any report to the police must be made in person. 

Do I need to report the incident if no-one was injured?

If it was ‘damage only’ and you have exchanged details with the other party involved, then you do not need to report the accident to the police.

What are the penalties for failing to stop and/or failing to report?

Both offences carry a maximum penalty of a £5000 fine or 6 months’ imprisonment, if found guilty. In addition, failure to stop can incur 5-10 penalty points on your driving licence, and possibly a period of disqualification from driving.  Whilst a prison term is uncommon in most cases, the severity of the penalty depends upon the seriousness of the offence and is at the discretion of the Court.

Defending failing to stop and/or report

The Court may consider a number of mitigating circumstances or reasons when deciding whether a driver is guilty of the offences.  These can include:

  • the reason for leaving the scene (such as responding to a personal emergency);
  • the duration of the delay in reporting the accident (for instance, was it a little over 24 hours) and are there good reasons for the delay;
  • whether the driver was even aware that an accident has occurred. This can be quite tricky to defend if there was an audible impact or significant damage.

General 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.

 

 

More From Our Clients

 

Provided a great efficient service, advice and moved mountains to obtain the best outcome.

Carl/Millar Solicitors were amazing start to finish. Provided a great efficient service, advice and moved mountains to obtain the best outcome.

I would highly recommend to anyone dealing with a similar nature/matter to go through Carl and solicitors. A* from me. Money well spent.

Thanks again.

Read More

TJ

Data Analyst
Lincolnshire, Grantham
Jul 1, 2020

Provided a great efficient service, advice and moved mountains to obtain the best outcome.

Carl/Millar Solicitors were amazing start to finish. Provided a great efficient service, advice and moved mountains to obtain the best outcome.

I would highly recommend to anyone dealing with a similar nature/matter to go through Carl and solicitors. A* from me. Money well spent.

Thanks again.

TJ

Data Analyst
Lincolnshire, Grantham
Jul 1, 2020

Calling Carl was frankly an excellent decision

Calling Carl was frankly an excellent decision. Carl is sympathetic, courteous and above all unfailingly professional. The mandate was to stay on the road, despite the ‘totting up’ procedure and Carl’s expertise ensured that I did. I cannot thank him enough and consequently cannot endo…

Read More

RJT

Academic
Wales
Jun 8, 2020

Calling Carl was frankly an excellent decision

Calling Carl was frankly an excellent decision. Carl is sympathetic, courteous and above all unfailingly professional. The mandate was to stay on the road, despite the ‘totting up’ procedure and Carl’s expertise ensured that I did. I cannot thank him enough and consequently cannot endorse him enough. Rest assured that Carl is very much on your side!!

RJT

Academic
Wales
Jun 8, 2020

Robert Thomas

Senior Lecturer
Mid Glamorgan
Apr 20, 2020

Robert Thomas

Senior Lecturer
Mid Glamorgan
Apr 20, 2020

Very helpful and professional. Obtained the best outcome we could have hoped for. Thank you

Very helpful and professional. Obtained the best outcome we could have hoped for. Thank you

Anon

Suffolk
Mar 17, 2020

Very helpful and professional. Obtained the best outcome we could have hoped for. Thank you

Very helpful and professional. Obtained the best outcome we could have hoped for. Thank you

Anon

Suffolk
Mar 17, 2020

Carl and his team were professional and non-judgemental and through their representation,

I contacted Carl when my son was presented with not one, but two driving offences. From the outset, the service he received was second to none; Carl and his team were professional and non-judgemental and through their representation, managed to get my son a very positive outcome. I would recommend them …

Read More

SG

Company Director
Crewe
Mar 17, 2020

Carl and his team were professional and non-judgemental and through their representation,

I contacted Carl when my son was presented with not one, but two driving offences. From the outset, the service he received was second to none; Carl and his team were professional and non-judgemental and through their representation, managed to get my son a very positive outcome. I would recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation.

SG

Company Director
Crewe
Mar 17, 2020

The service provided was very professional, communicative and compassionate. I would have no hesitation in recommending this Company.

The service provided was very professional, communicative and compassionate. I would have no hesitation in recommending this Company.

Anon

Feb 20, 2020

The service provided was very professional, communicative and compassionate. I would have no hesitation in recommending this Company.

The service provided was very professional, communicative and compassionate. I would have no hesitation in recommending this Company.

Anon

Feb 20, 2020

I can’t thank him enough for his support and skill in defending me in court.

Carl was professional, calm and reassuring as I faced up to the possible outcome of losing my job and livelihood. I can’t thank him enough for his support and skill in defending me in court.

IFEM ONUORA

Coach Developer / Equalities officer
Manchester
Feb 18, 2020

I can’t thank him enough for his support and skill in defending me in court.

Carl was professional, calm and reassuring as I faced up to the possible outcome of losing my job and livelihood. I can’t thank him enough for his support and skill in defending me in court.

IFEM ONUORA

Coach Developer / Equalities officer
Manchester
Feb 18, 2020

Related Articles

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 you 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.

CALL AN EXPERT ROAD TRAFFIC SOLICITOR

24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALLOUT