Special Reasons

Special Reasons

If you have penalty points on your driving licence and have been found guilty, or you are being prosecuted for a further motoring offence the consequences can life changing. With the Just Motor Law service you have access to a specialist team of solicitors who carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your case.

We advise and guide our clients each step of the way, all with our commitment to establishing the most favourable outcome possible.
Special Reasons

When you receive additional penalty points that brings the total points on your licence to 12, you can be banned from driving for a minimum of six months. However, if the offence in question carries a mandatory disqualification the Court must impose a minimum period of 12 months.

For many of us, day to day activities and employment rely on our ability to be able to drive and the prospect of losing your driving licence can be distressing. This is where the representation by Just Motor Law can help.

Our team of specialist defence solicitors and Higher Court Advocates are experts in establishing if there are grounds to argue that ‘special reasons’ apply to your case. 

If a ‘special reason’ can be established the Court may either not apply the penalty points on your licence; or exercise their discretion not to ban you from driving at all.

The law defines that a ‘special reason’ must:

• Be a mitigating or extenuating circumstance;
• Not amount in law to a defence to the charge;
• Be directly connected to the commission of the offence; and
• Be one which the Court ought properly to take into consideration when imposing sentence.

A ‘special reasons’ argument can apply to a wide variety of motoring offences including drink driving; driving without insurance; speeding; failing to comply with traffic signs; or dangerous and careless driving.

What happens next?

With vast experience in dealing with ‘special reasons’ arguments, we understand the situations that can lead to a successful outcome.

We will guide you through the legal process step by step and ensure that your case is prepared thoroughly for the ‘special reasons’ argument.

The onus is upon you to establish that there are ‘special reasons’. We will attend Court with you and present the most forceful representations on your behalf. We will present the complex case law where appropriate that will support your case.

If the Court concludes that a ‘special reason’ does apply, it may result in its decision not to impose a ban, even if you are convicted of the offence.

Remember, by seeking legal advice from the outset you can help to ensure that any complexities and potential implications are effectively managed.

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