When being prosecuted for a motoring offence such as speeding, driving without insurance or drink driving, it is likely that you will be asked to attend court. As with everything in life, it’s best to be prepared. Whatever the circumstances, here are some simple rules that can help to prepare you for what can be a stressful event.
First impressions count. We would advise men to wear a shirt and tie, preferably with a jacket. For ladies, we would advise an equivalent smart, business attire.
Be on time and know where you are going!
There are over 360 Magistrates Courts in England and Wales. Therefore, ensure that you have the correct address for the court and give yourself extra time to allow for traffic or any unexpected hold ups. If you have instructed Motoring Offence Lawyers as your speeding solicitor or drink driving lawyer, we will be there for you all the way up to and including the date of the hearing so please call us if you have any questions.
Be polite and courteous to us and court staff
When entering the Court room you should behave in a courteous manner at all times. Some common mistakes are chewing gum and hands in the pockets which seems to be a particular bugbear of Magistrates! Always remember to switch off your mobile phone before entering the Courtroom – this is a rule that even police officers and esteemed members of the legal profession have been known to fall foul of!
Have any relevant papers to hand
Whilst your qualified and experienced motoring offence solicitor will have the necessary documents relating to your case, it is still advisable to bring along any original documents to court should you want to discuss anything with your representative. If you are facing potential endorsement or disqualification remember to take both parts of your driving licence with you. If you are facing a motoring offence fine, be prepared to complete a statement of your income and outgoings whilst at Court.
Speak clearly and slowly
If you are required to enter the witness box and face questions, as intimidating as it might feel, we would advise you to take some deep breaths and speak in a clear manner, at a reasonably slow speed in order that notes can be taken. Try to face the Magistrates (who sit at the front of the Court) when giving your answers rather than the lawyers who are asking the questions.
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For advice on how we could help you to defend your motoring offence charge, please call us now on 0800 4334678 or 0161 2413322