The importance of specialist representation when being sentenced in road traffic cases. A case study.
M appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court on a count of driving with excess alcohol. He was also a personal (alcohol) licence holder. The breath alcohol reading was 57 in breath. The plea was guilty. M's stepfather who was present at the hearing succinctly summarised the outcome in the following way:
"Barry was fully versed in personal alcohol licence law as well as motoring law. Barry drove 135 miles to be with us at court for 9am and immediately went through all the additional implications being a personal alcohol licence holder might have to the case (magistrates still have the power to also revoke or suspend a personal alcohol licence at the same time as banning someone from driving). Once the hearing started, Barry was asked by the clerk to the court for guidance as the clerk was unsure of the law (concerning the personal licence implications) but Barry took full control and steered both the clerk and the magistrates in a positive but legal direction. The end result of all of this and the excellent way Barry represented my stepson was a minimum ban of just 12 months with the offer for him to do a driver course so the ban will now only be 9 months plus the total fine including victim surcharge and court costs was only £265 and the court also chose to take no action regarding my stepson's personal alcohol licence so it was by far the absolutely best possible outcome we could have hoped for."
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Barry Culshaw is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under SRA number 62582 whose rules can be accessed via www.sra.org.uk.