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Using Special Reasons in a Driving Offence Case

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Keep My Driving Licence have years of experience of Using Special Reasons in a Driving Offence Cases.

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Committing a road traffic offence often results in a fine, penalty points added to your licence and, in some cases, a disqualification from driving.

However, it’s possible to use something called “special reasons” in a driving offence case.

If you’ve been charged with a road traffic offence, read on to find out if you have a case for special reasons and the action you need to take.

What are “Special Reasons”?

Special reasons apply to any motoring offence where the driver is at risk of either having penalty points added to their licence or disqualification from driving. Special reasons help a court to decide, even if an offence has been proven, that the circumstances surrounding it are unusual.

The reasons given must be directly connected with the offence and be information the court can consider when deciding how to pass sentence upon the defendant.

If the court accepts special reasons, they can impose:

  • No penalty points where the offence would typically accrue them
  • Penalty points instead of a driving disqualification

However, please be aware that special reasons cannot be used as a sole defence.

In what cases can special reasons be used?

Special reasons can be used in almost all driving offence cases, including:

  • Drink driving
  • Drug driving
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving without a license
  • Driving while using a mobile phone
  • Dangerous or careless driving
  • High excess speeding

If charged with any of the above, special reasons may help you receive a lighter sentence, or have the charges dropped altogether.

Why is legal advice important?

Using special reasons in a driving offence case can get your conviction quashed – and a specialised road traffic offence lawyer, like us, is your best chance of winning your case.

Our solicitors at KeepMyDrivingLicence.co.uk will review the charges against you and regardless of how you plea, leave no stone unturned to ensure you receive the strongest defence possible.

Using Special Reasons in a Driving Offence Case – FAQs

1: I’ve been caught drink driving. Can I use special reasons to reduce my sentence?

Yes.

In a genuine emergency, you may have had no other option to get behind the wheel while under the influence.

You may also have had your drinks were spiked on a night out or were unaware your drinks contained alcohol.

2: I’ve been caught driving under the influence of drugs? Can I use special reasons to reduce my sentence?

Yes.

However, you’ll have to prove you were unaware you were taking illegal substances.

3: I’ve been caught driving without insurance. Will special reasons reduce my penalty points?

Yes.

If your policy provider has made an error or cancelled without informing you, special reasons can be used.

Your partner or a parent, for example, may have mistakenly informed you that you were insured to drive their vehicle.

4: I’ve been caught driving over the speed limit. Can special reasons help keep my driving licence?

Yes.

In a genuine emergency, you may have had to speed to reach a hospital, place or person. It’s possible in these cases to claim special reasons to reduce or quash the conviction.

5: I’ve been caught driving without a license. Can special reasons lessen the punishment?

Yes.

If your licence was revoked and you weren’t informed, then you can use special reasons as part of your defence.

6: I’m being prosecuted for dangerous or careless driving. Can special reasons help keep my driving licence?

Yes.

If your driving is below or far below that of a reasonable and competent driver then a special reason may apply due to a genuine emergency, special reasons could be advanced.

7: I’ve been caught driving while using a mobile. Will special reasons reduce my penalty points?

Yes.

If you were using your mobile in a genuine emergency, special reasons may be used as part of your defence.

8: Why should I employ a specialised solicitor?

A specialised solicitor has experience in defending clients accused of road traffic offences.

9: How can a specialised solicitor help?

A specialised solicitor, like ourselves, deal solely with road traffic offences, which means we know road law inside out and are your best chance of receiving a reduced sentence – or having the charges dropped altogether.

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.

 

Need advice from a motoring offence specialist?

If you feel you’ve been charged unfairly, using special reasons in a driving offence case could help you receive a lighter sentence or have the charges against you dropped completely.

KeepMyDrivingLicence.co.uk would like to defend you.

We’ll look at the facts of your case, explain the possible outcomes and support you when you need it most.

If you feel you have a case to use “special reasons”  call us for free on 0800 999 5535, email carl.millar@millarssolicitors.co.uk or contact us online

 

From Our Clients

 

Experts!

I used Millars Solicitors when I totted up 12 points on my driving license and faced a six month ban . They managed, against the odds, to keep me on the road. Would definitely use them again but fingers crossed I wont need to!

Anonymous

Jul 19, 2022

Experts!

I used Millars Solicitors when I totted up 12 points on my driving license and faced a six month ban . They managed, against the odds, to keep me on the road. Would definitely use them again but fingers crossed I wont need to!

Anonymous

Jul 19, 2022

Efficient, informative and courteous

Carl and his team provided very clear and efficient advice and instruction in my speeding charge case. All communication was constructive, supportive and complete. The matter was resolved as expected and in good time.

Anonymous

Jul 19, 2022

Efficient, informative and courteous

Carl and his team provided very clear and efficient advice and instruction in my speeding charge case. All communication was constructive, supportive and complete. The matter was resolved as expected and in good time.

Anonymous

Jul 19, 2022

Failing To Stop / Driving Without Due Care & Attention

Helpful and timely advice during a difficult experience for me.

Paul

Jul 19, 2022

Failing To Stop / Driving Without Due Care & Attention

Helpful and timely advice during a difficult experience for me.

Paul

Jul 19, 2022

I could not have found better specialist help anywhere

Having been in a distressing car accident I was unable to give a specimen of breath at the police station and was arrested and charged. I found Millar’s Solicitors after a search and their reviews really stood out, so I left a message. This was soon answered and a free telephone consultation w...
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Lynne Barbara

Jun 26, 2022

I could not have found better specialist help anywhere

Having been in a distressing car accident I was unable to give a specimen of breath at the police station and was arrested and charged. I found Millar’s Solicitors after a search and their reviews really stood out, so I left a message. This was soon answered and a free telephone consultation was scheduled. I have to say that I was frightened and nervous but felt so much better after speaking with Paul and Carl as their professional, friendly and thorough manner instantly reassured me, it was such a weight off!
Millar’s are specialists in motoring defence and highly experienced and ethical. To say that they were caring is an understatement, all was explained clearly and I felt in safe hands from day one.
Fees were fixed and agreed at the start, and they honestly couldnt do enough to secure the best outcome for me, so it was money well spent.
I was eventually acquitted thanks to the wonderful service provided by Millar’s. If you need advice and help dealing with a motoring prosecution I highly recommend that you speak to them first.

Lynne Barbara

Jun 26, 2022

Great help, professional support

It was really hard to cope with the situation which happened. Carl and his team worked very well, supporting us and provide all possible help.

Anonymous

Jun 26, 2022

Great help, professional support

It was really hard to cope with the situation which happened. Carl and his team worked very well, supporting us and provide all possible help.

Anonymous

Jun 26, 2022

Made case much easier deal with!!

In court for totting up, possible 6 month ban would have been devastating. communication from the lawyer was good and my solicitor paul turned up early at court and went through the court proceeedings with me before going in, this helped with nerves. Although solicitors are not cheap, the whole proc...
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Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Made case much easier deal with!!

In court for totting up, possible 6 month ban would have been devastating.
communication from the lawyer was good and my solicitor paul
turned up early at court and went through the court proceeedings with me before going in, this helped with nerves.
Although solicitors are not cheap, the whole procedure was made a lot easier with one and helped me get my circumstances across, i am sure i may have crumbled or missed many points without there help so i viewed the expense as an investment in my having a successful outcome..
I came away with a 2 week ban and a reasonable fine of £431..very pleased they were there to help!!

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Drink Driving Charge

I found Millars Solicitors online, after having a drink driving crash. It was a very stressful time for myself as I have never been charged with anything before. However, as soon as I found Millars Solicitors and gave Carl a call, he answered straight away and was very calming and professional with...
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Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Drink Driving Charge

I found Millars Solicitors online, after having a drink driving crash. It was a very stressful time for myself as I have never been charged with anything before. However, as soon as I found Millars Solicitors and gave Carl a call, he answered straight away and was very calming and professional with me. I explained what had happened, and he walked me through the sentencing guidelines and what I needed to do to approach this matter.

Both Carl and Jenny, who dealt with me, were extremely friendly, professional and efficient with their communication and handling of the matter. There was quick replies for everything, and I felt like they were fighting my corner and looking for the best possible outcome for myself.

Millars Solicitors and my barrister, Mr Price, managed to secure an outcome that I was satisfied with, considering the circumstances, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again or recommend them to someone who finds themselves in the same circumstances I was in.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Amazing result

I was looking at a ban of 17-22 month for a drink driving offence. Carl Millar and the barrister that he appointed for me managed to get my ban period down to 14 month with a drink driving awareness course and a £701 fine which should have been a lot more. Carl advised me on mitigation from my ex pa...
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Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Amazing result

I was looking at a ban of 17-22 month for a drink driving offence. Carl Millar and the barrister that he appointed for me managed to get my ban period down to 14 month with a drink driving awareness course and a £701 fine which should have been a lot more.
Carl advised me on mitigation from my ex partner and employer and looked after me every step of the way.
I can highly recommend his services to anyone unfortunate enough to end up in the position that I was in.
Amazing result.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Extremely helpful!

Couldn’t be happier with the service I supplied, they only had a week before my court date was due and they smashed it. was looking at a 6 month ban and thanks to these guy got 10 weeks! Thanks again.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Extremely helpful!

Couldn’t be happier with the service I supplied, they only had a week before my court date was due and they smashed it. was looking at a 6 month ban and thanks to these guy got 10 weeks! Thanks again.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Fantastic representation

After getting caught speeding at 130mph by an undercover police officer I was almost certain that I would lose my job due to being on shift work and living an hour away from my workplace. However, after enlisting the help of Carl Millar what looked to be a ban of at least a few months was reduced to...
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Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Fantastic representation

After getting caught speeding at 130mph by an undercover police officer I was almost certain that I would lose my job due to being on shift work and living an hour away from my workplace. However, after enlisting the help of Carl Millar what looked to be a ban of at least a few months was reduced to 28 days and a £420 fine. This outcome allowed me to keep my job and career intact. His expertise is second to none and would recommend him to absolutely everyone who has found themselves to be in a motoring-related predicament. Without a doubt worth every penny. I am very much at ease knowing that when I am caught speeding again I know I will have Carl Millar on my side.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

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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 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 806 119.

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