If you drive a vehicle then you are putting yourself in the hands of the law, with a whole range of legislation in place to ensure that you are driving safely. This includes having all necessary legal documentation and making sure your vehicle is roadworthy. Most people don’t deliberately flout these laws, but from time to time you could find yourself inadvertently on the wrong side of the law.
Even going a couple of miles over the speed limit can see you facing a fine, but excessive speed, driving under the influence, not having the right documents or causing an accident could see you in court. In these circumstances, it can be very stressful – especially if it is your first brush with the law – and you can find yourself baffled by legal jargon and intimidating letters and documents.
If you find yourself in a situation where you have fallen foul of the law then a legal company may be able to help you. Many of these offer fixed fees, so you know upfront what you will be paying for a specific service. You may find that they can approach the prosecution to see if the case could be dropped or lessen the charges. They can also represent you in court to save you the trauma of having to speak for yourself.
Here are some of the situations where a legal company may be able to help you:
Go hands free
We all know that using a mobile phone while driving is against the law, but many people have been caught out making a ‘quick call’ which has led to erratic driving. Your legal company will be able to advise you on the best way to proceed.
There have been recent high-profile cases of husbands and wives lying about who was driving when speeding or driving illegally. It can sometimes be hard to remember who was driving, especially if you share a car regularly and the legal form doesn’t arrive until a long time after the event. This can cause confusion and you can end up in a mess, so rather than trying to handle it yourself, you are better off consulting experts who can go through everything with you and explain where you stand legally.
Know your limits
Most people would not intentionally commit a drink-driving offence but not everyone is familiar with the laws around this somewhat grey area. If you are stopped for suspicion of drunk-driving then you will probably be breathalysed to assess the level of alcohol in your system. Other tests can include taking blood and urine samples. If you have been stopped, then it is a good idea to take legal advice.
Experts know a motorist’s rights better than most of us and it is worth letting them review your case to see if there is any way of avoiding a conviction or driving ban – or at least helping to get any ban reduced.
Most people have never had personal experience of police stations, courtrooms or police interviews so if you do find yourself on the wrong side of the law, then a legal company can provide help and advice.
If you are facing motoring charges and would like some advice, visit Hylton-Potts Legal Consultants, for help with all aspects of the law.