There are a range of offences relating to driving documentation such as driving without insurance, vehicle MOT, road tax and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. Many people innocently find themselves committing document offences. For example, by not renewing your photo driving licence every ten years you may find yourself fined. Similarly, driving on a provisional licence without displaying ‘L’ plates is driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, which would lead to the imposition of 6 penalty points.
The law on these offences is very strict. For the most part, if you do not have valid insurance or road tax you are guilty of an offence regardless of whether you knew about it. However, we are experienced in finding ways to avoid the imposition of penalty points. It could be argued that a special reason applies in your case so as to persuade the court not to impose penalty points. For example, you may have been misled about having insurance on your vehicle. To find out if a special reason applies in your case, or if you have a defence to a document offence, contact our team.
1. Don’t panic!
Sometimes things aren’t as bad as they may first appear.
2. Don’t delay in taking legal advice.
These days, you can go directly to a barrister (rather than using a solicitor) for advice. The sooner you tell us about the circumstances surrounding your case, the more time there is to get information together to ensure we get the best possible outcome.
3. Make sure you comply with any deadlines given by the police or court.
If you don’t comply with deadline dates, you could be making things a whole lot worse for yourself. Failure to respond to a notice of intended prosecution means you have committed a further offence.
4. You can represent yourself in Court if you wish.
If you do represent yourself in court, we recommend that for ‘peace of mind’ you ask us for an advice about your case. That way, you are bit more prepared. We can tell you what to expect on the day, your likely sentence and how best to present yourself to the magistrates.
5. You can appeal the decision
If you don’t get the outcome you expected, you can appeal on the grounds of a procedural or legal error.