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Guilty or Not Guilty?

How will you plead?Pleading guilty or not guilty

Your first court date is called the Pleading Diet.  The court requires you 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.

Pleading Guilty

If you admit the charge, we’ll seek the best way to reduce the sentence. It could be by speaking to the court to explain the case from your point of view, and asking the court to consider your personal circumstances sympathetically. This is 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” for not getting points or a fine put on your licence. A successful argument will mean that the court will not to put points on your licence, or ban you.

Pleading Not Guilty

If you decide to fight the charge, 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.

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.  This applies in cases where you end up with twelve penalty points or more on your driving record, in a process called “totting up”.

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