Most people depend on their car in a big way. Just getting around each day, to work and back, or picking up the kids from school, means using the car. Which is why driving offences and motoring bans hang as a heavy threat over nearly everyone.
Driving offences vary. The most common is speeding, but that is by no means the only one. Drink driving is another offence that people fall foul of. Often otherwise sensible people get into the car the following day without realising they are still over the limit. With an offence this serious a compulsory ban comes into force along with a fine and even a prison sentence.
Speeding is different. Points are added to the driving licence with each offence. Anyone totting up twelve points in a three year period is looking at a ban for a minimum period of six months. Imagine not being able to use your car to get to work or for family purposes? A ban could even mean loss of employment.
What most people don’t realise with these type of offences is that they are far from open and shut cases. Strict rules govern the use of speed cameras, the situations they can be deployed in, whether the equipment is working correctly etc. Anyone on the receiving end of a notice of intention to prosecute should consult a motoring lawyer to find out if there is any way to challenge the alleged offence.
A good motoring lawyer knows their way around the legal system. It’s more technical and complex than many people realise. This means there is often grounds to challenge what looks like a fairly straightforward case. Anyone edging towards a ban should definitely look into what a lawyer could possibly do. The consequences of being off the road for up to a year or more could be devastating.