Accused of a motoring offence? Time to call in the experts
PUBLISHED: 15:54 05 December 2019 | UPDATED: 09:42 06 December 2019
Copyright Stephen Barnes, 2016
Millions of motorists are convicted of offences every year - but are they all guilty? An expert in motoring law has successfully defended many cases for clients who suddenly found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
In 2018, more than two million Fixed Penalty Notices were issued to motorists in England and Wales. One of them didn't see any speed limit signs, but that cut no ice with the police; they'd heard it all before.
Much to his surprise when he re-visited the location, he found the signs were not there at all. The cash-pressed local authority in the north-west had not adequately signed the speed limit.
Still our hapless motorist could not persuade the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the merits of his case; meanwhile, the likely imposition of penalty points on his driving licence in the event of a conviction would increase his car insurance premium and potentially threaten his licence.
He sought specialist legal advice. A motoring law expert solicitor examined the evidence, presented it to the CPS and the case was quietly dropped.
Matthew Miller, solicitor and managing director of Altrincham-based Kenway Miller Solicitors, describes speeding cases - including the no-sign case study - as the firm's "bread and butter".
Kenway Miller Solicitors is Cheshire's longest established motoring law specialist practice, with experience of defending the full range of offences such as:
· Careless driving
· Driving without insurance
· Serious offences where mandatory disqualification applies on conviction, including dangerous, drink and drug driving.
Since 2011, the firm has helped to save more than 1,500 driving licences from penalty points or disqualification and over 500 acquittals for all types of offences.
Kenway Miller's expert solicitors are in demand across the UK, focusing on the full range of motoring offences, especially helping motorists who are close to disqualification due to an accumulation of penalty points close to the totting up threshold of 12.
"It's easier than ever before to get into a situation where you are at risk of disqualification - and that's just one of the areas where we can help," says Matthew. "We focus solely on defending the motorist, have a lot of expertise and don't charge exorbitant fees."
The practice is experienced in representing drivers charged with serious motoring offences, including drug driving, a growth area in prosecutions.
"Following the introduction of drug driving limits in 2015, every year 5-10,000 people are now charged with drug driving and the majority plead guilty," says Matthew. "A small proportion will instruct experts like us and we have been successful in cases where the methods adopted by the laboratories have been called into question and when the police have failed to follow the correct procedure."
Matthew decided to specialise in motoring offences after qualifying as a solicitor thanks to his late father, Geoffrey Miller, a well-known criminal lawyer in the north-west who represented George Best in the 1970s and 1980s and who also focused on motoring law towards the end of his career.