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Mobile Phone Use While Driving

It is a criminal offence to use your mobile phone or other handheld devices while driving. It is a distraction that hinders your ability to drive, which could place your life or the lives of others in danger. If you are accused of using a mobile phone in your car, you should speak to a lawyer immediately for help.

At Lupton Fawcett, our solicitors have handled many cases for drivers who have been accused of using a mobile phone or other handheld device while using a vehicle, helping them to protect their licence.

To speak to a member of the motoring offence team in Yorkshire today, call us on 0333 323 5292 or fill in our online form and we will get back to you promptly. For immediate assistance, please get in touch with Meghan Waldron on 07469 859708 or Jeremy Scott on 07971 520407

About driving while using a mobile phone

You are considered to be committing a driving offence if you are found using a mobile phone or other handheld device, such as a laptop, tablet or sat-nav, while driving. However, there is no real definition of ‘using’, meaning you could be pulled over for simply checking the time or moving your device.

Our solicitors have handled cases that have included drivers using a device to do the following:

  • Making a telephone call
  • Sending or reading a text message or email
  • Browsing the internet
  • Using social media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat
  • Using an interactive map

Whatever the case, you should contact Lupton Fawcett as soon as possible so we can help you build a case.

The penalties

It may seem like a small offence compared to other crimes but penalties for driving while using a mobile phone can be quite substantial. You can now be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of 6 points and a £200 fine or your case could go to court where you could be disqualified from driving and get a maximum fine of £1,000.

There are a number of defences which can be employed should they be able to be proven. These include errors in police procedures, using a device to call 999 in an emergency and being able to provide evidence that shows you were not using a function.

Our Services

The driving offence team at Lupton Fawcett is dedicated to helping drivers who have been accused of driving while on a mobile phone. With offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York, we are able to provide assistance to drivers across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.

We understand that in many circumstances you never intended to commit an offence and it is likely that this is the first time you have ever broken the law. For that reason, we work hard to keep your best interests in mind throughout proceedings to help you get the best possible outcome. We will ensure you are kept up to date and have a full understanding of this complex area of law. Should you have any questions, our solicitors are more than happy to help.

Contact us

If you have been accused of using a mobile phone or other hand-held devices whilst driving, get in touch with Lupton Fawcett today by using the details below. To speak to a solicitor for immediate assistance, contact Meghan Waldron on 07469 859708 or Jeremy Scott on 07971 520407.

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  • Pete Gunson

    I would just like to write a few lines on the service I have received. From the very outset, Meghan helped put me more at ease, by explaining the process in simple terms of which before, seemed like a very daunting task. She was very calm and professional during my interview, which helped as the policeman had little understanding of how the law works in these situations. Meghan looked through the case and really helped me through the next steps towards the court. I received very good advice at court. Meghan's knowledge of the law helped me achieve the result I needed to retain my license and be able to carry on with my busy life. My family, staff and I will be forever grateful, and I would not hesitate to recommend Meghan Waldron and Lupton Fawcett in the future.

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