Reopening Motoring Convictions and Sentences

Reopening convictions and sentences is completely different to appealing against a conviction or sentence. Having a solicitor that is experienced and has knowledge of this type of case can increase your chances of success.

Reopening Motoring Convictions and Sentences

Convictions in your absence

To prepare a proper defence, you should be given ample time and opportunity by the authorities.

Sometimes, this doesn't happen and the summons doesn't reach you. In most cases, this happens due to situations that are out of your control, such as poor court administration or the wrong address being used to serve the summons.

If you don't respond or contest the summons, you will be convicted in your absence. In cases like this, "totting up" can occur. This is when you are found guilty in your absence more than once leading to a potential disqualification from driving all together.

If you are convicted in your absence, you can apply to the court to have this decision reversed. You should contact a solicitor before making this decision to ensure your application has the best chance of success.

Sentences in your absence

If you do not attend Court for sentence the Court can proceed to impose punishment in your absence. This can, in motoring cases, often involve a driving disqualification being passed in a person’s absence, which could lead to someone driving whilst disqualified without their knowledge.

If you are sentenced in your absence, you can apply to the court to have this decision reversed. You should contact a solicitor before making this decision to ensure your application has the best chance of success.

What we can do for you

If you have been convicted and/or sentenced in your absence, you should seek legal advice immediately.

The earlier you contact us the better. This will give us time to work on your case and present the best possible outcome for your situation.

Where your application is successful, your conviction and sentence will be reversed and you will be able to plead not guilty and defend yourself against the allegation that was brought.

Simply accepting a conviction and the sentence (if applicable) in your absence shouldn't feel like your only option. Contact us for a free independent advice session where we can help you make an application to reverse the court's decision and represent you if your application is successful.

Costs

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Motoring offence law solicitors

To contact our motoring offence law solicitors:

1. Complete our no obligation online enquiry form and we will call you back
2. Freephone helpline: 0808 129 3320
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Julie Robertson - Motoring Offences Solicitor - Manchester

Julie Robertson
Partner, Head of Motoring Offences

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