Driving offences can range from the very minor (e.g. speeding) to the most serious (causing death by dangerous driving. At the lower end of the scale, it is unlikely that legal aid would be available even on contested matters involving offences such as careless driving, speeding and driving with no insurance or licence.
Drink driving cases can attract legal aid, subject to means, if the reading is high enough or there are special considerations either in relation to the effect on the individual of losing their licence or as to whether special reasons exist to argue that no disqualification should be applied. In the most serious cases, legal aid will always be available.
We will advise in relation to whether a legal aid application should be made. We can act on a privately funded basis for those who have been denied legal aid either on means or merits or for whom an application cannot be made.
Despite the relatively minor nature of the actual offences, we appreciate that the case is often very important to the individual client and that clients in such cases often have no experience of the criminal justice system. We aim to make the process as painless as possible, to explain matters as clearly as we can and to complete the case as economically and efficiently as possible.