• Careless and inconsiderate driving

Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it an offence to drive without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users.

If the offence is minor you will most likely receive a fixed penalty notice and if you plead guilty to the offence you will pay a fine and receive 3 penalty points. You may alternatively be offered a driver improvement course to avoid a conviction and points.

If the allegation is more serious, involving high speed or risky manoeuvres or you dispute the matter then a Court hearing will be required. At Court the penalties could be higher and include disqualification.

Whether or not you are guilty depends on whether the court is sure that your driving fell below the standard of a careful and competent driver.

Our experienced advocates can advise, assist and represent you if you have a Careless Driving case.

Key stages for a guilty plea

We will meet with you, consider the evidence and advise on the likely sentence and then represent you at court. We will then discuss the outcome with you after the case. The fee will not include obtaining expert or other witness statements to assist your case, advice and assistance on a special reasons hearing or advice on an appeal.

How much will it cost?

Costs will vary depending upon the circumstances of your case but typically the fees will range from £500 to £900 + VAT depending on the circumstances and where the case will be heard and we will discuss this with you when you first come to see us. Timescales will again depend on the facts of the case and when your case is listed with the court. Typically it will take between 2 and 6 months to complete dependent upon when the case is listed by the court.
You should be aware that legal aid is not generally available for motoring offences, unless they are of the more serious kind.

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