Reasons to choose us to deal with your case

Reasons to instruct this firm….

 

Should I use a legal aid or high street lawyer instead of a specialist lawyer?

We routinely interview legal aid and high street lawyers to be trained up with this firm as specialist drink driving lawyers.

None of them ever know how to avoid driving bans using disclosure arguments yet 90% of our successful clients keep their license his way.

It will be difficult to avoid a driving ban with a legal aid lawyer when they don’t know the most common way to defend the charges.

 

What are your chances of avoiding a ban?

One reason to choose us is your chance of success. Philip, one of the lawyers on our gold panel has won all of his cases for this firm in 2015, 2016 and 2017. All clients kept their license, avoided a criminal record and were awarded costs for legal fees to be reimbursed.

 

Genuine Specialists

We are unique in England and Wales as the only solicitors who do nothing but drink driving related cases. Lots of other firms call themselves specialists but they actually do other motoring offences as well.

You can do a simple check with an anonymous call to their office asking if they do speeding or dangerous driving to confirm if they are genuine specialists.

Feel free to contact us with an anonymous phone call and we will turn away any non drink driving cases!

 

Local firm vs National Firm

Local solicitors deal with the same prosecutors and Court clerks every day, and come under pressure to get their clients to plead guilty or risk becoming very unpopular in their local Court.

As a national firm, we don’t have to worry about what local Magistrates clerks or prosecutors think about us. Your license comes first every time.

 

 

Should I use a family friend who has been recommended?

Do you really want to entrust your license to a family friend or recommendation when you can have a firm dealing in drink driving cases and nothing else?

The family friend might have years of experience as a lawyer but they are not likely to have the level of specialism which we have acquired over thousands of drink driving cases.

They also are unlikely to have a network of police operator consultants (which is a niche area of expertise) which is critical to pursuing technical defences.

 

We’re less expensive than most of our competitors 

Some firms charge astronomical fees for the same service we provide. The irony is these firms are not even as specialised as we are. You pay as little as £600 for the guarantee of keeping your license at the first hearing and for the duration of the case should we identify  a defence to the charge.

 

We have many satisfied clients 

Read reviews about our service from previous clients who we have helped to avoid a driving ban.

www.drink-driving-solicitors.com/testimonials

 

Spend just 5 to 10 minutes with us answering a few questions about your case and give yourself the possibility of avoiding a criminal record and driving ban.

Free Telephone Helpline – we are open for calls any day until 9pm on 0800 044 3730

OR click here to Email for free advice now.

 

Do I need representation for a guilty plea?

Many motorists charged with drink driving think by pleading guilty they will get a reduced  ban at Court.

Then they get a nasty surprise when the Magistrates say the sentencing guidelines do not allow a reduction on drink driving cases (a ban is an ancillary order not a punishment according to the sentencing guidelines and credit only applies to punishments).

They wonder why they gave up the chance of avoiding a ban when they getting nothing back in return for their guilty plea.

We get around this problem by referring to common law (Judge made law or case precedent) which allow the Courts to treat driving bans as a punishment and also reduce the ban for guilty plea where it allows the motorist to get back into work quicker.

In this way we can ask for both credit for guilty plea (25% to 33% off the ban) on top of the 25% reduction for the drink driving awareness course.

This is a whopping 50% reduction on your driving ban. However you need to instruct a lawyer who knows the caselaw.

Most Courts and solicitors aren’t aware of these legal arguments as they don’t deal exclusively in drink driving cases as we do.

From our testimonials page there are a selection of clients who have taken advantage of the service we offer. One client had his driving ban reduced from 18 months to 9 months, another client similarly had his ban reduced to 9 months from a guideline 17 to 22 months. Another client had his ban reduced from 26 months to 11 months.

For drivers who have previous convictions in the last 10 years it is still worth getting a specialist lawyer to point out the small print of the guidelines which allow them to offer you the drink driving awareness course even if you have been offered this before.

It is unlikely by entering a guilty plea unrepresented or with a high street lawyer you will get the ban reduction you are entitled to.

On the other hand, a solicitor with the right know how can make a big difference to the date you can expect to get  your license back.

Spend just 5 to 10 minutes with us answering a few questions about your case and give yourself the possibility of avoiding a criminal record and driving ban.

Free Telephone Helpline – we are open for calls any day until 9pm on 0800 044 3730

OR click here to Email for free advice now.

 

 

 

Instructing a solicitor to preserve the CCTV

Should you wait until you have been charged before instructing a lawyer?

It is very important that requests for CCTV are submitted immediately for video evidence for your case even if you have yet to be charged.

Leaving it until charge may be too late. Sometimes the police take 2 to 3 months before deciding whether to charge.

By this time it is likely the CCTV will have been deleted. In one case in Kent the police deleted the CCTV evidence within 4 days of the client’s release.

This evidence is vital as

  • Our expert may need to view the video from the police station or the hospital procedure
  • The video may highlight procedural errors. By law if there has been a significant breakdown in procedure this may result in the police evidence being inadmissible.

CCTV destruction after solicitors letter is sent

In one case at Taunton MC  on 26/10/16 a client avoided a driving ban because we sent a solicitor’s letter asking for the police not to delete the CCTV footage from the breath test room.

The police failed to retain the footage even after receiving our letter.

The Court held the client could not have a fair trial as vital evidence had been destroyed by the police.

This shows how a simple letter sent at the very beginning of the case can avoid a driving ban.

Spend just 5 to 10 minutes with us answering a few questions about your case and give yourself the possibility of avoiding a criminal record and driving ban.

Free Telephone Helpline – we are open for calls any day until 9pm on 0800 044 3730

OR click here to Email for free advice now.