Perverting the Course of Justice
Have you been accused of perverting the course of justice as part of a police investigation into a motoring offence?
Are you now facing the threat of a prison sentence for committing this serious crime, and are concerned about the impact this could have on your life and livelihood?
Do you now require expert legal advice from a team of expert solicitors to help you put together a solid defence against this serious charge?
If so, don’t delay - call the experts at MotoringOffences.com as soon as you can. We have dealt with thousands of motoring offence cases over the years, and will do everything we can to avoid a conviction.
How Can We Help?
We have the most experienced motoring offences team in the country, and have been representing clients since 1978. Our team has more than 100 years of combined experience in this area of law, and we have successfully defended thousands of motorists.
MotoringOffences.com is part of JMW Solicitors, and our team members are accredited by respected industry bodies such as Chambers and the Legal 500. We can point to numerous examples of successfully defending motorists in a similar position to yours, including:
- helping a married couple receive a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice to avoid penalty points, making a custodial sentence inevitable
- representing a defendant investigated for perverting the course of justice, securing an agreement that there should be no further action following an interview
- taking the case of a husband and wife investigated for perverting the course of justice, making an argument for marital coercion that led the police to choose not to proceed to court action
We will provide tailored legal support through every stage of the process, including:
- gathering the strongest available evidence to support your case
- helping you to prepare for a police interview
- advising you on the legal defence approach that will provide the best outcome
- representing you in court and arguing your case
We can attend courts across England and Wales on your behalf, and are able to take instructions by phone, email or in writing. In the right circumstances, it may be possible to persuade the prosecution to drop the case before it even goes to court.
Call us on 0345 241 1326 for a free initial consultation, and we will be able to offer a more detailed estimate of the costs involved.
How Can I Avoid a Prison Sentence?
Perverting the course of justice is a very serious crime, and can arise during motoring offence cases when the defendant fails to tell the truth about the incident in question.
- Falsely claiming to be or denying being the driver at the time of the offence
- Taking penalty points on behalf of another driver
- Covering up a driving offence
- Lying to the police in their investigation of a motoring offence
- Helping a person to evade arrest
- Attempting to persuade or intimidate witnesses
- Interfering with the process of a fair trial
However, the following scenarios cannot be classed as perverting the course of justice, meaning you will be able to defend yourself against this charge in these cases:
- Pleading not guilty
- Choosing to make no comment during a police interview
- Refusing to be interviewed as a suspect
- Requesting additional information or clarification before you comment
- Delaying an interview until your solicitor is present
What Happens if I am Found Guilty of Perverting the Course of Justice?
Perverting the course of justice is treated as a much more serious offence than most motoring-related charges, and if found guilty, there is a high chance that you will face a custodial sentence.
In cases relating to driving offences - such as lying about the identity of a driver - a 12-month prison sentence is a common ruling. However, the maximum sentence for perverting the course of justice is life imprisonment, and the court also has the option to impose a fine, a community order or a suspended sentence, as well as disqualifying you from driving as an additional punishment.
These penalties can be life-changing, which is why it is so important to tell the truth during a motoring offence investigation - in most cases, the punishment for providing false information will be much more severe than the penalty for the original offence.
If you are accused of perverting the course of justice, it is essential to speak to a legal team with expertise in this area of law, such as MotoringOffences.com. We can help you to build a compelling defence, resolve any misunderstandings that may form part of the prosecution, and advise you on whether pleading guilty to a more minor charge - like obstructing the police, or wasting police time - would deliver a better outcome.
Talk to Us
If you have been accused of perverting the course of justice during a motoring offence investigation, our experienced legal team 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.