Which court do driving Offences go to?

Which court do driving Offences go to?

Magistrates Court
Offences that are dealt with by a Magistrates Court are major. A major offence can result in an unlimited fine, a driving ban, a prison sentence and a criminal record.

What is a d10 driving offence?

A DR10 is a United Kingdom motoring endorsement issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and UK Police which means driving or attempting to drive with a blood alcohol level above the allowable limit. Following an arrest for a DR10 one can expect a ban from driving and a fine.

Some offences can only ever be heard in the Magistrates Court, such as, amongst others speeding, traffic signal offences, careless driving and drink driving. Other offences, such as dangerous driving, can be heard in the Magistrates Court or Crown Court.

How long is a driving offence in court?

You do not have to be served with the Court papers within 6 months, the Police merely have to start the process in that time. Consequently, it may be 7-8 months from the offence before you actually attend Court.

Do insurance companies check your licence?

While providing a copy of your driving licence and other documents may be a minor hassle, insurers have a legitimate reason for carrying out a DVLA licence check. In fact, ensuring all policyholders provide full and accurate information regarding past convictions and penalties can actually save you money.

How long do I have to declare a driving ban?

While a DR10 endorsement will remain on your driving licence for 11 years, you only need to declare it to insurance companies for a period of 5 years beginning from the date of conviction.

Can you go to court for a driving offence?

Attending Court for a Driving Offence Attending Court can be a daunting process but with the correct preparation and some understanding of how the Court works, it should be possible to achieve a worthwhile result, without incurring unnecessary grief and expense.

Can a person go to court for driving under the influence of alcohol?

Major offences. The most serious of offences, including driving while under the influence of alcohol or dangerous driving, will be dealt with at magistrates’ court. It’s advised that you seek legal advice from a solicitor before going to court, especially if you’re intending to plead ‘not guilty’.

Is there legal aid for a driving offence?

At Newtons Solictors we do not undertake these types of cases on a legal aid basis. Legal Aid may be available for cases that have potential prison sentences but for the majority of driving offences, the Defendant has to fund his legal costs privately. Can I represent myself at Court?

What are the different types of driving offences?

The main types of driving offences involving fatalities are causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by careless driving and causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs. The driving must cause the death of another person.