How much can I claim if the police have damaged by property?
It depends upon the type of property, the nature of the damage and the circumstances in which the damage was caused. Usually, the value of the claim will depend upon the value of the damaged property and/or the costs of repair or replacement.
I was injured by a police officer, can I make a claim?
If you were injured during an arrest you may have a claim if the police used more force than was reasonable. If you have been injured as a result of negligence by a police officer then you could still make a claim, although it may be more difficult to succeed.
I was wrongfully arrested, what shall I do now?
The police have very wide powers to make an arrest. In most circumstances, if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that someone has committed an offence and it is necessary to arrest them, an arrest is likely to be lawful. If either of these elements are lacking, then you may have a claim for compensation for false imprisonment.
I have received a speeding notice but I wasn't driving what should I do?
A Notice of Intended Prosecution informs the registered keeper as to the possibility of a motoring offence, most commonly speeding, being charged. It should be served on the registered keeper (not necessarily you) within 14 days of the offence. You should complete the request for driver information, attached to the notice, giving the details of the driver or as much information as possible which may lead to the driver's identification. The police will send that person a similar notice. Failure to provide the information could lead to a charge which carries a six point penalty endorsement. A member of our team will be able to advise as to your options.
What is TWOC?
TWOC stands for Taking Without the Owner's Consent. It covers the scenario where a person takes a vehicle, without the owner's permission, for his or her own use. The offence is often referred to as ‘joy-riding’ and is less commonly charged these days, presumably because vehicle security has improved. It carries a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment. A suspect could expect to be charged with theft of the vehicle, which has more serious sentencing consequences, if he or she intended to keep it. A passenger can also be charged if knowingly carried in a vehicle taken without consent.
I have had an accident and left the scene, should I go to the police?
Leaving the scene of an accident is ill-advised and has serious sentencing consequences if you are charged with an offence. We would advise you to make immediate contact with the police to explain the circumstances. A member of our team will be able to help you coordinate this and attend the police station with you.
I have no insurance on my car and now have to go to court, will I go to prison?
Whilst the personal consequences could be significant, you cannot receive a custodial sentence as driving without insurance is non-imprisonable.
Do I need a solicitor at court for a motoring offence?
If you have been required to attend court, it is likely that the implications of the charges are significant. This could include the prospect of disqualification or imprisonment. We will always be able to assist with court proceedings and advise as to law and procedure. We can discuss available fee options, which could include Legal Aid in the most serious cases.
I am a HGV driver and have been caught speeding, what should I do?
You should make immediate contact with a member of our team. The circumstances of the offence and the level of speed will determine whether a court appearance is necessary. Your employer should also be informed. Should a period of disqualification ensue, there could be implications for your future HGV licensing status.
What is the maximum number of points anyone can have on their driving licence?
Drivers generally face a minimum six-month disqualification on accumulating 12 points over a three-year period. Recent publicity has reflected upon drivers who have accumulated alarming levels of points and retained their licences. This is feasible when a driver can establish, by giving appropriate evidence, that he or she and/or third parties would suffer ‘exceptional hardship’ if he or she was banned. New Drivers who accumulate six points will have their licence revoked by the DVLA which will necessitate re-taking their test. This should be distinguished from a disqualification by the court.