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Challenging a speeding ticket
If you watch enough police shows on TV you can be forgiven for thinking that scientific evidence – which includes often very sophisticated speed detection equipment used on British roads read more...
Challenging a breath test
To secure a conviction for drink driving, the police must show evidence that you were over the drink driving limit when you drove. To do this they require you to read more...
e-Scooters and drink driving law
Do drink driving laws, and road traffic laws generally, apply to e-scooters is a question we are asked regularly. The short answer is: “yes, the rules apply”. The long answer read more...
Can speed alone be classed as dangerous driving?
Detective Superintendent Andy Cox inadvertently sparked a mini debate on Twitter about whether somebody driving at excessively high speed can be guilty of dangerous driving when he tweeted: We don’t read more...
Suspending a prison sentence
Following any major road traffic incident there will be people calling for tougher sentences and prison to be imposed on everyone from speeders up. Many people are surprised to find read more...
What is a road anyway?
Jul 13 2020

What is a road anyway?

Drink driving law can be quite technical at times and rarely more so when you find yourself arguing over whether a place is a road or not. It’s actually quite read more...
Police questioning: to answer or not to answer
One of the biggest problems for our clients are those who instruct us that they want to plead not guilty or advance a special reason but who have made comments read more...
Case report: emergency
CT had been stopped by police driving her car away from her home in the early hours of the morning. Police suspected she was under the influence of alcohol and read more...
Drug driving: what is it?
Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs has been a criminal offence for several decades but in March 2015, section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 came read more...
Will sucking a penny help me beat the breath test?
A few years ago, a client claimed to have beaten the evidential breath test machine (EBM) some years before by sucking a penny. It’s an old urban legend that the read more...
Acid reflux in drink driving cases
A question we are regularly asked is whether acid reflux can provide a defence in drink driving cases. The simple answer is “no”; the more complicated answer continues, “but it read more...
What is the statutory warning and how does it affect me?
If you’ve been charged with drink driving – or drug driving – then you should have heard the statutory warning just before you blew into the evidential breath machine (EBM) read more...
Special reasons: somebody spiked my drink with alcohol
Drink spiking (or lacing as lawyers call it) is the Schrödinger’s Cat of motoring law. On the one hand, we all know that it happens and that the police and read more...
Case report: special reasons, laced drinks
Background We were instructed to represent JMM, a first-year university student, who had been arrested for drink driving after a night out with friends. Police spotted JMM’s people-filled car driving read more...
Case report: attention to detail wins the day
One of the most oft overlooked elements in motoring law is the law itself – that’s not to say that courts and lawyers don’t worry about the fundamentals of offences read more...
Duress: does it apply to drink driving cases?
There is a common belief among solicitors, barristers and even some judges that if you get behind the wheel of a car while you are over the drink driving limit read more...
Special reasons
May 18 2020

Special reasons

Special reasons are a concept that applies in cases where a defendant is facing an obligatory driving disqualification – that is to say a ban that the court must impose read more...
Challenging expert evidence
Opinion evidence is not generally admissible as evidence at trial. Expert evidence is a form of opinion evidence that is excluded from the general rule where it meets all the read more...
Case report: drug driving acquittal
There are strict rules governing the admissibility of expert evidence. In this case, the prosecution obtain forensic evidence that did not comply with those rules and were forced to drop read more...
What powers do police have to stop vehicles?
A common complaint we hear is that the police officer who arrested our client had no reason for stopping them in the first place. So, what powers do the police read more...
What is a road?
May 12 2020

What is a road?

It’s pretty obvious what we mean by a road, isn’t it? When we talk about a road in everyday conversation we might use the word to mean a street, a read more...
Coronavirus Announcement
Natually we will avoid any avoidable face to face meetings during this time, but we're still here to help when you need it. read more...