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Licence Saved in a Speeding Matter

Charlotte recently represented a client at Oxford for a speeding matter. He was not eligible for a speed awareness course and therefore faced a discretionary disqualification.

Charlotte presented to the court reasons he should be allowed to continue driving and the court imposed penalty points instead.

This was a great result, and after returning home our client emailed to say

“Charlotte & Peter . I am emailing to express my thanks for all your wisdom over the last few months.  Charlotte, On reflection of today all your help and advice was awesome and I would have never got the outcome I needed without you.”

Thank you for this fantastic feedback.

If you have been caught speeding, or need advice on any other motoring matter, please contact us on 01926 886007 or by clicking the link here.

Charlotte de Rosnay
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Another success for Charlotte de Rosnay

Charlotte de Rosnay recently had another success at Oxford Magistrates Court with an exceptional hardship hearing.

Her client had totted up to 12 points on his licence and was facing possible disqualification. However, after gathering documentation and presenting the evidence to the Court, the Magistrates found that her client did indeed have a case for exceptional hardship. He was the main carer for an elderly parent who needed to be taken to regular doctors and hospital appointments, as well as be on standby in case of an emergency.  The Court found he did not have anyone else who could assist and was therefore allowed to continue driving.

The client still has 12 points on his licence but was not disqualified as a result.  As you can imagine, he was very happy with the outcome.

Whilst there is no single definition of exceptional hardship some of the factors that might be considered are listed below:

  • Dependency of other family members on your licence
  • How do your children get to school?
  • Are you the main earner in your household and could you survive on just your spouse’s income?
  • Do you drive for work and do you have employees who depend on you
  • General health and need to attend health related appointments
  • Is there public transport available where you live?
  • General finances, loans, mortgages, possibility of finding alternative employment if you lose your job etc.

You can call Charlotte de Rosnay, or one of our other lawyers here at John Onions Solicitors for a free consultation on 01926 886007. With combined years of experience in this field we will be able to advise you about the likelihood of saving your licence, and what steps to take next if you find you’ve totted up to 12 points or more.

 

 

A Court
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Another Not Guilty In Salisbury

The firm’s biggest traffic case of the year ended in a not guilty verdict at Salisbury Crown Court.

A serving army officer was accused of causing death by careless driving following a fatal collision involving the client’s car and a van.

Our team supported the client from the initial police interview, through the Magistrates Court and on to a jury trial.

We were able to use independent experts to show the Jury that our client was within the speed limit and it was far more likely that a third vehicle was driven badly and caused the accident.

This was a great result as our client had suffered significant brain damage in the accident and had little recollection of the day in question.

It was therefore all about the technical know-how and expert evidence.

 

Pete Gotch
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Victory at Leamington Magistrates Court

Congratulations to Pete Gotch on his recent victory at Leamington Magistrates Court.

Pete was defending a young man charged with drink driving. He was facing the possibility of a ban and the loss of his job. Pete argued that the client had returned to the car to get some medication and had not driven the car whilst drunk. The client was acquitted.

The client remarked: ‘that was the best money I’ve ever spent!’

Pete also had success at Banbury Magistrates defending a no insurance and no driving license case. He successfully argued mistaken identity. Evidence was produced suggesting that someone had given the client’s name when stopped. The client was found not guilty.

Pete also had success at Banbury Magistrates defending a no insurance and no driving license case. He successfully argued mistaken identity. Evidence was produced suggesting that someone had given the client’s name when stopped. The client was found not guilty.

Charlotte de Rosnay
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Trial Discontinued

Well done to Charlotte de Rosnay on her latest traffic case. Charlotte found so many holes in the Crown’s case that the matter was discontinued at the first hearing without the need for a trial.