Failure to Provide Information or Identify a Driver
Are you facing legal repercussions after being accused of failing to provide the authorities with information about a motor offence?
Are you concerned about being hit with potentially damaging penalties, and unsure about how to defend yourself against the allegations?
Do you feel you have solid grounds for a defence, but require expert legal representation to help you make this case to a court in the most persuasive way possible?
If so, you should call the experts at MotoringOffences.com at the earliest opportunity. We have dealt with thousands of motoring offence cases and can help you to achieve a favourable outcome - the sooner you get in touch, the more effectively we will be able to assist you.
How Can We Help?
MotoringOffences.com is part of JMW Solicitors, and the members of our team have more than 100 years of combined experience in this area of law. We have represented countless clients accused of failing to provide information since 1978, and ours is the most experienced motoring offences team in the country.
With accreditations from industry bodies such as Chambers and the Legal 500, we are a highly qualified team, and can point to numerous examples of successfully defending motorists in a similar position to yours. These include:
- securing a not guilty verdict for a client charged with failing to give information after successfully arguing that an incorrect plea had been entered, due to incorrect advice from another law firm
- helping a delivery driver to avoid a six-month disqualification for failing to provide information, despite the individual in question having been found guilty of a previous charge after deciding to represent themselves in court
- representing a husband and wife were unable to confirm who was driving and were concerned about providing a false nomination, meaning they were able to successfully defend the charge on the grounds of reasonable diligence
- defending a company prosecuted multiple times for failing to give information using a technical defence on grounds of service, which resulted in all charges being dismissed, avoiding a conviction that may have impacted the sale of their business
- securing an acquittal for a driver prosecuted for failing to give information due to not receiving items in the post, after successfully arguing that the letter was not received due to a postal confusion of house names and numbers
We will provide personalised assistance and support through every stage of the legal process, including by:
- gathering the strongest available evidence to support your case
- helping you to draft carefully-worded responses to the relevant authorities
- advising you on the best defence approach and keeping you informed on the unfolding process
- representing you in court and arguing your case
Our dedication to accessibility and convenience means we attend courts across England and Wales, and can take instructions by phone, email or in writing. In some cases, it may be possible to persuade the prosecution to drop the case before it even goes to court.
Call us on 0345 241 1326for a free initial consultation, and we will be able to offer a more detailed estimate of the costs involved.
How Can I Avoid a Penalty?
If you are charged with or suspected of being involved in a motoring offence, the authorities may require additional information from you. A failure to provide the information - for example, by identifying the driver of the car at the time of the incident - is an offence in itself.
Successfully defending against a charge of failure to provide information is possible under the following circumstances:
- You demonstrate that you are unable to identify the individual who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence, despite having verifiably exercised reasonable diligence in your own investigations. The court will need to be convinced that these efforts were thorough and genuine.
- You prove that you did not receive the request for information from the authorities, due to problems with the delivery of the post, interception of the letter or similar factors.
- You can show that you have completed and sent back the request for information within the 28-day period, and that any delay in the receipt of this response was not your responsibility.
If any of these scenarios apply to you, MotoringOffences.com can help you to build a compelling defence and avoid a penalty.
What Happens if I am Found Guilty?
When you receive a notice of intended prosecution or a formal request for driver details, you have 28 days to respond. If you fail to comply, you will receive six points on your driving licence, and a fine of up to £1,000.
This represents a criminal conviction, meaning the penalties can often be more severe than the punishment for the original offence. It can cause significant inconvenience and financial hardship, especially if the additional points result in a driving ban or higher insurance premiums.
This is why it is vital to consult a specialist solicitor with experience in motoring offence cases to help you put together a strong defence.
Talk to Us
If you are seeking legal advice after being charged with failing to provide information or identify a driver, our experienced team of motoring offence solicitors are here to help. Call us on 0345 241 1326 for a free phone consultation, or complete our online contact form to request a call back.