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Disqualification

Periods of disqualification can be imposed for a variety of offences ranging from speeding to drink driving and can even occur through the accumulation of penalty points, regardless of how trivial the offences that led to the points might seem. We know that any period of disqualification can be more than merely inconvenient, it can result in the loss of your livelihood. Therefore, why not speak to one of our expert lawyers today to ensure that you are doing everything you can to avoid being left without a car and the potential consequences that might follow.

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Failing to stop after an accident – what are the penalties?

Failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident are offences which can attract a wide range of penalties. The scope of the Court to impose a prison sentence, fine, penalty points and driving ban on those who are guilty is broad because of the varying circumstances surrounding such an offence.

This week has seen two extreme examples of circumstances where this offence applies.

The first is the case of Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, who is in hot-water for failing to stop after he accidentally crashed into a parked car whilst undertaking a seven-point turn in his Ford Mondeo Estate.

The collision was caught on CCTV and the police traced the vehicle registration back to Mr Balls who said that he, “was aware the two bumpers touched. But had no idea damage had been done.”

In this case, Mr Balls has admitted his mistake, apologised and offered to pay for the cost of  repairs to the other vehicle. As yet, it is not clear if the police intend to prosecute him.

However, in the ‘hit and run’ case involving Sheffield teenager, Jasmyn Chan, there is no doubt that a prosecution will take place. Jasmyn was killed after she was knocked down by a car on Normanton Hill in Sheffield on 9th May. The driver failed to stop at the scene of the accident and also faces the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

The offence of failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident can attract the following penalties:

  • Imprisonment up to 6 months
  • Fine up to £5,000
  • Discretionary ban
  • 5-10 penalty points

We specialise in advising and representing drivers who have been charged with this offence, so get in touch via the website or free phone number for a free initial consultation.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/10820059/Ed-Balls-says-he-will-accept-charge-over-car-crash.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-27410233

 

 

Useful Information

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