Other Traffic Offences | Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire


Our Barristers provide legal advice and representation for drivers charged with a variety of traffic offences throughout Dorset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire. With Avoid A Ban, your Barrister will usually remain with you throughout your case, working with you to achieve the best possible outcome.

We’ve listed some of the more common driving offences and the penalties they can attract below.

Failure to Provide Driver Details

This offence usually occurs after the vehicle’s registered keeper receives a Notice of Intended Prosecution, then fails to say who was driving when the original traffic offence took place. This often happens when photographic evidence is relied upon, for example from speed cameras or traffic lights.

As the registered keeper, you must prove you don’t know who was driving your vehicle when the offence occurred and that you couldn’t be expected to discover his or her identity. Proving these things can be difficult, and we, therefore, recommend you contact an experienced traffic lawyer for advice.

Possible Penalties

  • 6 penalty points, and
  • a fine.

Careless Driving (‘Driving Without Due Care and Attention’)

You can be found guilty of careless driving if your driving falls below the expected standard of a competent driver, or you did not show reasonable consideration for other pedestrians and vehicles on the road.

When facing a charge of careless driving, your prosecution has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that your driving was below the level of a competent driver. Through careful planning and knowledge of the law, our Barristers can help you have the best chance to defend your case.

Possible Penalties

  • 3-9 penalty points,
  • a fine, or
  • discretionary disqualification.

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Failure to Stop or Report An Accident

The offence of ‘failing to stop’ may be charged if you were involved in an accident but didn’t stop and exchange or provide your driver details when required to do so.

Failure to report an accident may be charged if you don’t report the accident to the police within 24 hours. Seeking legal advice and support may help you avoid a driving ban under these circumstances.

Possible Penalties

  • 5 - 10 penalty points,
  • a driving ban of up to 12 Months,
  • a fine,
  • a community order, or
  • up to 6 months custody.

Failure to Provide a Specimen

If you fail to take a breathalyser test or provide a sample of your blood or urine when asked by the police to do so, you will be convicted of failing to provide unless you can show you had a ‘reasonable excuse’ for that failure.

It’s important to always seek legal advice when you have been charged with failing to provide a specimen. Whether you think you have a reasonable excuse for the failure or not, our Barristers can help you organise your defence.


Possible Penalties
  • A driving ban of at least 12 months,
  • a fine,
  • a community order, or
  • up to 6 months’ custody.

Driving Without Insurance

It is illegal to drive a vehicle on a road, or in a public place without the valid third party liability insurance. Driving without insurance is a serious offence. If you have been charged, you should seek professional legal advice immediately.

Possible Penalties
  • 6-8 penalty points,
  • a fine, or,
  • a discretionary driving ban of up to 12 months.

Driving Without a Licence

Driving without a full licence is an “absolute offence”. This means that the prosecution only needs to show that you drove without a licence, regardless of your intent. This makes such cases difficult to defend. However, there are various ways of reducing a possible sentence, including arguing “special circumstances”.

Possible Penalties
  • 3-6 penalty points, and
  • a fine.

Using a Mobile Phone When Driving

Using a mobile phone while driving is an increasingly common offence. A number of possible defences may be applicable, depending on your circumstances. Your best course of action is to seek professional legal help.

Possible Penalties
  • 6 penalty points,
  • a fine, and
  • a discretionary driving ban.

How Can Avoid A Ban Help?

Road traffic law is often complicated and for many people, the legal process can prove a minefield. A persuasive lawyer can make a real difference. At Avoid A Ban, we understand what courts need to know and how best to present the evidence.
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