Steering you in the right direction
When faced with an issue which could impact your ability to drive, whether physically or legally, the importance of your vehicle in your daily life comes into sharp focus. Everyday tasks such as commuting to work, school-runs and attending appointments become much more difficult and it’s almost unimaginable how they could possibly be done without your car or driving licence.
With a specialist motoring offence solicitor on your side, you may be able to avoid such drastic implications. Our team is backed by a tier 1 Legal 500 ranking. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.
How we can help you
If you are facing driving charges, you’re bound to be apprehensive about what a guilty verdict may mean for you and your everyday life. Whether you wish to avoid a hefty fine, penalty points or disqualification, our expert team can help. Our motoring law services can assist you with:
- Speeding charges
- Drink-driving charges
- Dangerous driving/driving without due care and attention charges
- Road traffic accident compensation claims
No matter the charges or circumstances, we believe that everyone has the right to the best possible legal advice and representation. Drawing from our extensive experience, we will tailor a strategic and proactive approach to your case, ensuring your legal rights are protected at all times.
What happens next
In most cases, driving offences are non-prisonable, although some matters may involve police station questioning or hearings at a Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court. In these cases, our expert team of criminal defence lawyers and Higher Court Advocates will be able to guide you through every step of the process.
Accessible and responsive advice
With offices based in Derby, Burton Upon Trent, Leicester, Swadlincote and Stoke on Trent, we pride ourselves in providing an accessible service. Where cases are held by courts in other parts of the country, we have the experience and ability to arrange for the transfer of proceedings to our local court.
From our years of experience, we understand how important responsive action is in these cases. Therefore, where matters involve police proceedings, we can offer a 24 hour, seven days a week service, meaning no matter the time or day, our experts are on hand to help you in any way they can.
With the belief that everyone has the right to legal representation, we can advise on whether legal aid is available for your case. Although this is typically only available for more serious driving offences, such as:
- High-reading drink-driving offences
- Offences resulting in death or serious injury
- Imprisonable offences aggravated by previous convictions
In all other instances, we will transparently discuss private funding options with you to ensure there are no costly surprises along the way.
Additionally, we have extensive experience in guiding clients through the process of making an Exceptional Hardship Application, which has become increasingly harder and requires detailed preparation. If we believe you have been wrongfully convicted or given an unduly harsh sentence, our experts will provide in-depth advice to strengthen the merits of your potential appeal.
Don’t just take our word for it…
Andrew Oldroyd heads the criminal defence practice at Smith Partnership with the assistance of Kevin McGrath, who leads the corporate crime and fraud unit. Noted for its ‘great experience, technical ability and commitment‘ the firm takes on defence cases relating to homicide, drug conspiracies, sexual assault, motoring offences and prosecutions by various regulatory bodies. Other key contacts are David Cusack and Crown Court litigators, Vasanti Vaitha and Beth McGovern.
The combination of friendliness and professionalism – they are very approachable and do not give the impression of “judging” clients. They have a strong work ethic and far better respected than other firms in the local area with a high volume of Higher Court Advocates.
Very strong criminal team, with great experience, technical ability and commitment.
Huge presence in The Midlands for crime. Andrew Oldroyd partner takes the case on as though each client is a family member.
Why Choose Smith Partnership?
With Smith Partnership on your side, you can rest assured knowing that your case is backed by the best possible representation and defence.
As a firm, we pride ourselves in providing a clear and practical service. This means that any communications or advice you receive from our solicitors will always be straight-talking and free of any legal jargon. We understand how important it is to be fully aware of your position and options throughout every stage of a motoring offence case so if at any point you are uncertain, any member of our dedicated team will be more than happy to help.