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…

Our highly-experienced department is recognised as being in the top tier of the Legal 500, with partner in the department, Andrew Oldroyd identified as a leading individual. 

Hailed as ‘efficient and committed’, the ‘always professional team’ at Smith Partnership has particular expertise in cases involving homicide, drugs conspiracies, serious sexual assaults and the defence of youths and the vulnerable. Practice head Andrew Oldroyd has expertise in relation to motoring prosecutions and is also renowned for his defence of prosecutions brought by agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive, local councils and the Department of Work and Pensions.

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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.

Contact our team today

To find out how our expert team of solicitors can help you, contact us today on 0330 123 1229, send us an email via or complete our contact form.


Your licence will only be in jeopardy if you plead or are found guilty. Drink-driving carries a mandatory disqualification for a minimum period of 12 months, assuming you have no similar convictions within the last 10 years. It is a common misconception that personal issues, such as job loss, can be put forward to avoid a ban. This is NOT the case. In limited circumstances, evidence can be put to the court to establish that there are ‘special reasons’ as to why a ban should not be imposed. Such reasons must relate to the specific circumstances of the OFFENCE. These include issues such as emergency and shortness of distance travelled when there was no feasible prospect of you coming into contact with other road users.