Careless Driving Defence Solicitors

The team at Lupton Fawcett have handled many cases where drivers have been accused of acting carelessly behind the wheel and we know what needs to be done to ensure you stay on the road.

To speak to a solicitor about allegations of careless driving, contact us today on 0333 323 5292 or fill in the enquiry form on this page and we will get back to you promptly. If you require immediate assistance, please get in touch with one of our specialist motoring offence solicitorsMeghan Waldron on 07469 859708 or Jeremy Scott on 07971 520407.

For more information on our fees, please click here to view our up-to-date schedule of costs.

What is careless driving?

You can be accused of careless driving (or driving without due care and attention) when the police have evidence that your driving fell below the standard expected of a reasonable and competent driver. Both your driving ability and conduct in a vehicle can result in a conviction.  Common examples of careless driving we have seen include:

  • Tailgating
  • Not giving way at a junction
  • Overtaking in circumstances where you should not
  • Using the wrong lane at a roundabout
  • Lane hogging
  • Inappropriate speed
  • Eating, drinking or smoking while driving
  • Driving through a red light

Careless driving penalties

A fixed penalty notice for driving without due care and attention can be offered by the police for lower level offences. This amounts to:

  • A financial penalty of £100
  • Three penalty points

A fixed penalty notice will not be applied in all cases of careless driving and for more serious cases you will receive either a Single Justice Procedure Notice (SJPN) or you will be summoned to court.

Under the new SJPN procedure your case is still dealt with at Court but the initial hearing is by a single Magistrate sitting alone in his or her office rather than in open Court. Neither you nor the prosecutor or any solicitor is present. The case will be dealt with on the papers and you can respond to the SJPN online.

It is still important to seek legal advice under the SJPN procedure as a properly worded submission by a specialist road traffic defence solicitor can ensure you receive the best possible outcome.

Under the SJPN procedure or if you are summoned harsher penalties may be given, including an unlimited fine together with three to nine penalty points or a discretionary driving ban.

If somebody dies because of your careless driving, your case could go to the Crown Court where if convicted you will face up to five years’ imprisonment, a mandatory disqualification and extended retest, and an unlimited fine.

If you have been accused of careless driving, it is vital that you get in touch with a solicitor as soon as possible so you can start building a case for your defence.

Our services

The driving offence team at Lupton Fawcett is dedicated to doing everything in our power to provide you with a strong case for defence against accusations of careless driving. We will investigate the prosecution’s claims that you were driving below the required standard of competent drivers, gather evidence and provide representation throughout proceedings, ensuring you have access to legal expertise and guidance as and when you require it. If necessary we will commission an expert’s report to assist your case.

If there are any circumstances which resulted in you driving in the manner alleged, we can present these to show that your behaviour was not in your your control. Examples of such circumstances include an unknown fault with your vehicle, a situation that put your life in danger or an unknown medical condition that affected the standard of your driving.

For more information on our fees, please click here to view our up-to-date schedule of costs.

Contact us

If you have been accused of driving without due care and attention, our lawyers will help you keep your licence and obtain a lighter penalty. From our offices based in Leeds, York and Sheffield, we have helped drivers across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK build successful defence cases. If you need our help, get in touch using the details on the enquiry form on this page.

If you require immediate assistance contact Meghan Waldron on 07469 859708 or Jeremy Scott on 07971 520407.

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