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Established to meet the need for high quality legal advice and advocacy in Somerset and the West Country, Octagon Chambers has increased in size and legal practice to match the demand.

Motoring & Road Traffic Law

From minor speeding offences through to Death by Careless or Dangerous Driving, here at Octagon we are happy to assist on the full spectrum of motoring and road traffic offences.

Our members have the added benefit of being able to act for you on a Public Access basis in appropriate cases, which can significantly reduce your legal costs. It is highly unlikely that you will be granted Legal Aid for minor motoring offences, so we are able to offer a competitive fixed fee structure to cover First Appearances, Plea & Mitigation, Special Reasons Arguments, Contested Trial and on Appeal to the Crown Court. For a free, no obligation quote, please either contact one of our Clerks or complete our Initial Instruction Form.

We are able to fully advise and represent you on all manner of matters, including:

  • Alcohol & Drug related Offences
  • Drink Driving
  • Drunk in Charge
  • Excess Alcohol
  • Failure to provide a Specimen for Analysis

In cases of this nature you may be able to show Special Reasons and argue that you shouldn't be banned. Examples include an emergency, a very short distance driven or "spiked/laced" drinks.

  • Driving without Due Care & Attention
  • Failing to Stop/Report after an Accident
  • Failure to Provide Driver Details (s.172 RTA 1988)
  • No Insurance/No Licence
  • Speeding Offences

Speeding matters generally only come to court if they are deemed "too serious" to be dealt with by way of a fixed penalty or a speed awareness course, or if you already have points on your licence. The Magistrates' Court has the power to impose a fine of up to £2500, coupled with anything from 3 penalty points to an immediate ban! There are a limited number of technical defences to speeding offences.

We also have senior, experienced Counsel able to advise on more serious matters including:

  • Careless Driving
  • Causing Death by Careless Driving
  • Causing Death by Dangerous Driving
  • Dangerous Driving







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