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Penalty Points

Penalty points can be imposed for a variety of motoring offences. With points ranging between 6 and 10 depending on the offence and 12 points resulting in an immediate six month disqualification, the consequences of having any points on your licence can be life changing. When 10 points can be imposed for a single offence do you really want to take the risk of just accepting a 6 point penalty because it doesn’t seem worth fighting? Why not let us do the fighting for you? Whether that is to defend the charge or argue for the least number of points possible to be imposed or none at all, you can be assured that with a Road Law Barrister in your corner you will have the best chance of avoiding disqualification.

OffenceImprisonmentFineDisqualificationPenalty points
DRINK DRIVING
Driving Whilst Unfit6 months£5,000Obligatory – 12 months minimum3-11 (if exceptionally not disqualified
Driving With Excess Alcohol6 months£5,000Obligatory – 12 months minimum3-11 (if exceptionally not disqualified
In Charge Whilst Unfit-£5,000Discretionary10
In Charge With Excess Alcohol3 months£2,500Discretionary10
Failing To Provide a Specimen - Driving6 months£5,000Obligatory – 12 months minimum3-11 (if exceptionally not disqualified
Failing To Provide a Specimen – Not Driving3 months£2,500Discretionary
SPEEDING
Speeding-£1,000 (£2,500 for motorway offences)Discretionary3-6 or 3 (fixed penalty)
FAILING TO NAME DRIVER
Failing to name driver of a vehicle-£1,000Discretionary6
CARELESS AND DANGEROUS DRIVING
*Dangerous driving2 yearsUnlimitedObligatory3-11 (if exceptionally not disqualified)
Careless and inconsiderate driving-£5,000Discretionary3-9
CAUSING DEATH BY DRIVING
*Causing death by dangerous driving14 yearsUnlimitedObligatory – 2 years minimum3-11 (if exceptionally not disqualified)
*Causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs14 yearsUnlimitedObligatory – 2 years minimum3-11 (if exceptionally not disqualified)
DRIVING WHILST USING A MOBILE
Failure to have proper control of vehicle or full view of the road and traffic ahead, or using a hand-held mobile phone while driving-£1,000 (£2,500 for PCV or goods vehicle)Discretionary3
DRIVING WHILST DISQUALIFIED
Driving when disqualified6 months (12 months in Scotland)£5,000Discretionary6
Driving after refusal or revocation of licence on medical grounds6 months£5,000Discretionary3-6
REGULATORY OFFENCES (LIVELIHOOD)
DON’T THINK THERE IS ANY THING SPECIFIC THAT CAN GO HERE
ACCIDENTS
Failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident6 months£5,000Discretionary5-10
TRAFFIC SIGNS AND ROAD MARKINGS
Traffic light offences-£1,000£1,0003
DOCUMENT OFFENCES
Driving without insurance-£5,000Discretionary6-8
Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence-£1,000Discretionary3-6
No MOT certificate-£1,000-
VEHICLE DEFECTS
Using a vehicle in a dangerous condition-LGV £5,000
PCV £5,000
Other £2,500
Obligatory if offence committed within 3 years of a previous conviction for the same offence - 6 months minimum otherwise discretionary3 in each case