FAILING TO PROVIDE DRIVER DETAILS – SECTION 172 OFFENCE
In the most serious cases, there are other offences available to the police, such as ‘Perverting the Course of Justice’ which carries with it a significant jail term for all but the most exceptional cases. You will recall the story involving Chris Huhne and his former wife, Victoria Pryce, in which the former has falsely responded to a Notice of Intended Prosecution by stating that his wife had been driving at the time of a speeding offence, not him. Both he and his former wife were convicted of ‘perverting the course of justice’ and jailed for 8 months each. A sobering lesson for us all when you consider that the original offence carried with it 3-6 points on his licence!!
The police have 14 days from the date of the incident within which to send a Notice of Intended Prosecution. You have 28 days to respond. If a Notice of Intended Prosecution arrives after the 14 day period, any prosecution may be void. Please call us free on 0800 012 6039 if you suspect this might be the case.
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“I was looking for a lawyer to mitigate on my behalf when I was charged with driving without due care and attention, Mr Wood was the only lawyer willing to have a look at my case without a fee. He then advised me to plead not guilty but I felt I did not stand a chance in court and could not afford to pay him. He explained to me that I had nothing to lose by taking it to court and that he would plead my case for free. I then got acquitted and was able to keep my licence. I am very grateful for the help and encouragement he gave me because without him, I would have pleaded guilty. He is very professional and will recommend him to anyone with a road traffic offence.”
SOPHIA OBEYAA DANKWA
There are defences available to the offence of ‘failing to provide information‘ or ‘failure to provide driver identity’ such as the ‘reasonable diligence’ defence. But you should contact us in order to find out whether you have a defence to this serious allegation.
Sometimes an offence like this can leave you in danger of becoming a ‘totter’ on 12 or more penalty points. If so, then you face a minimum disqualification from driving of 6 months. To see what we can do to help you if you are in this situation, please click here.
Read this case study on: Drink Driving And Failing To Report An Accident
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