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Don’t lose your driver’s
licence

Many Hints and things readers are no doubt dependent
on their cars, they are necessary to perform house hold tasks and to support
their family. For many of us losing our driving licence could have dire
consequences, however this could be the penalty if you are found guilty of
committing a driving offence.

The best way to keep your licence is to obey the
rules of the road, however if you should find yourself facing charges of
dangerous driving properly understanding the legal system can help you
secure a more lenient sentence.

These hints are written based on
UK law at the time the article was written and it should be understood that laws and
exact penalties will differ in other countries.

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Dangerous driving that causes the
death of another is obviously extremely serious and if found guilty
of this you will likely lose your licence for two years, on top of
this you could face a prison sentence (up to 14 years in the UK) and
an unlimited fine.

If you find yourself in this
situation you should seek legal advice to make sure the court here’s
your side of the event. You will need to prove that you were driving
with due care.

If you are caught driving under the
influence of drugs or alcohol it is also quite likely that you could
lose your licence, as well as facing a fine (in the UK this fine
goes up to £5000) and possible prison sentence.

Should you cause an accident these
penalties are likely to be even harsher. Again your best chance of
being dealt with more leniently is to seek legal advice to ensure
your side of the story is heard.

There are a number of other offences that can also
lead to you losing your licence however they are usually regarded as less
serious. If you can prove that there were mitigating circumstances or that
loss of your driving licence would cause you extremely exceptional hardship
the court may allow you to keep your licence. These decisions are made on a
case by case basis and having a lawyer with experience of the system can
help you to be heard favourably.

Offences that may be dealt with in
this way include careless driving, failing to report an accident,
driving without insurance, speeding, traffic light offences, failing
to identify the driver of a vehicle.

Under these circumstances you may
be able to persuade the court to let you keep your licence.


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The excuse of the extremely exceptional hardship
will only be accepted once in a three year period, should you face losing
your licence again before these three years are up you will need to prove a
new extremely exceptional hardship. Having a clean licence before your
offence will help you case.

Offences such as using a phone whilst driving,
speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, driving without an MOT are usually treated
more leniently and, unless you are contesting the offence, can normally be
dealt with without a court appearance. These offences do not normally lead
to the loss of your licence
unless you have previous convictions for motoring offences.

The above advice will
vary depending on your individual circumstances and the rules in your region
or country.

Should you be accused of a driving offence
it is always best to consult a specialist driving offence solicitor
on the specifics of your individual case as soon as possible.

Remember any points on your licence or
driving convictions you receive are likely to greatly increase your
insurance premiums.

Always drive with extreme care if you cause
the death or injury of another by careless driving a fine, prison sentence
or driving ban may be mild compared to the burden on your conscious.


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which we hope you find useful. In no circumstances should the information we
provide be construed as Hints and Things providing you with specific advice
in relation to your own circumstances, or on the suitability for you
personally, of any advice, product or service referred to in this article.


 

 

 

 

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