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Guilty or Not Guilty?

How will you plead?

Your first court date is called the Pleading Diet.  You will be required by the court to plead either Guilty or Not Guilty.  This is the most important decision you’ll make in your case.  From our analysis of your case you will be able to make  an informed choice.


If you decide to plead guilty, we’ll seek the best way to reduce the sentence. It could be by speaking to the court to explain your side of the story (called a “plea in mitigation”). If you have committed an offence through no fault of your own, we can advise on whether there are “special reasons” which would persuade the court not to put points on your licence.

Where you would suffer “exceptional hardship” on losing your licence, we can ask the court to allow you to keep on driving even after you are convicted. Similarly, if there is someone who relies on you to drive, who would suffer exceptional hardship if you lost your licence, the court may let you keep your licence.

Do you need legal advice? Call 01387 640415

If you decide to fight the charge and plead not guilty, we’ll do a forensic legal analysis of the evidence against you and construct a strategy for your trial. Where there’s a legal defence, we’ll use it. Where there’s a weakness in the prosecution case, we’ll exploit it. We offer a premium service designed to keep you on the road.

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