If you are facing charges of careless driving, it is important to understand what these charges could mean for you and your driving licence. You will probably be feeling upset and concerned about the impact of this careless driving charge on your future.
We do understand how you are feeling and we can help to take away the uncertainty by helping you to clearly understand the potential repercussions of this charge but also to offer you positive help and advice on what you can do next.
What Is Careless Driving?
Careless driving can also be known as driving without due care and attention. You will be charged with this offence if your standards of driving fall below the standard expected of a reasonable, prudent and competent driver. Some examples of careless driving are:
- Undertaking vehicles
- Emerging from a side road into the path of another vehicle
- Reading a newspaper, map or other item
- Tailgating another vehicle
- Eating or drinking whilst driving
Although this is a short list, there are any number of scenarios in which you may be charged with careless driving, as this charge is relevant to any lapse in the standard of your driving, regardless of the reasons why. It is for this very reason that you need specialist help from a solicitor experienced in motoring offence law, who will be able to give you the advice you need to try to get the best outcome in the circumstances.
What Are The Penalties For Careless Driving?
This is a serious charge and depending on how serious the offence is will very much reflect in how you are dealt with. Some of the lesser careless driving offences will be dealt with at the roadside and you will face a fixed penalty notice, which is 3 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £100.
However, if you are facing a more serious careless driving charge, you may be summoned to court. In these circumstances you will face:
- A maximum fine of £2,000
- 3 to 9 penalty points on your driving licence
- You may face a disqualification from driving
- If you are a new driver with no penalty points on your driving licence, your licence will be revoked. You will then be required to retake your driving test in order to receive a full driving licence again
- If you have 6 points existing on your licence, any more penalty points may mean you face a six month driving ban due to the totting up of points
How Can Ashmans Solicitors Help Me?
Due to our nationwide coverage we can help you if you are facing a careless driving charge no matter where you are are in England and Wales (the law in Scotland and Northern Ireland are different).
Our experienced team of solicitors have many years experience in defending motoring offence cases and will do all we can to reduce the impact of this charge on your life. Our specialist team will build you a defence and work towards the best outcome possible in the circumstances.
Although legal aid is not available in motoring offences cases, there may be options open to you depending on the circumstances of your case, such as fixed fees. Our rates are reasonable though and we are here to help.