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    Just wanted to say thank you for all your support today, you really put us at ease and explained the process clearly.  You were very professional and I think you managed to get the best outcome from this situation.

    Client testimonial about Sophie Allinson - Motoring & Crime

    Just a small note to thank you for your expertise and special thank to Mr. Gibson for representing me in court regarding of a motor propelled vehicle. The out come was more than satisfactory as was able to maintain my licence due to his professional skills.

    Client testimonial about Michael Gibson

    Just a short note to say thanks again for your firms professional representation in this matter. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending David Gray Solicitors.

    Client testimonial about Michael Gibson - Crime

    Please accept my sincere gratitude for your exemplary representation today, I'm eternally grateful.

    Client testimonial about Sophie Allinson - Motoring

    Thank you again couldn’t do it without you, I appreciate it

    Client testimonial about Michael Gibson - Motoring

    Thank you for all your help with the exceptional hardship hearing. Whilst I am sure you have many far more serious cases to deal with, I found you and everyone at David Gray to be friendly, helpful, efficient and professional which all went to produce a successful outcome.

    Client testimonial about Brian Hegarty - Motoring

    I was handled very well by Michael, I had no idea how any of it was going to run & you did what seemed to me an excellent job of explaining everything and helping me get everything ready for today. Michael was great and put me at ease over the phone and today at court. As he said to me afterwards I got pretty much the best possible outcome from a bad situation. So thanks again to you both.

    Client testimonial about Michael Gibson - Motoring

    You were a total professional from beginning to end. Your advice was invaluable as was your presence in court. Many thanks for all your hard work.

    Client testimonial about Michael Gibson - Motoring and Crime

    We are most indebted to you for the invaluable service, advice and guidance that you gave us and most of all your commitment.

    Client testimonial about Michael Gibson - Crime

    Very good news and relief all round. Big thanks to... Mr Gibson for your fantastic communication throughout.

    Client testimonial about Michael Gibson - Motoring & Crime

    Thank you for looking after my case so well yesterday. It was immediately reassuring that you understood my particular situation so well and I was impressed with the assured way you facilitated getting the key points across in court. I am of course delighted with the outcome.

    Client testimonial about Sophie Allinson - Motoring

    First class service all round thank you

    Client testimonial about Michael Gibson - Motoring & Crime

    I just wanted to say a heart felt thank you for your skill, professionalism and expertise yesterday. You achieved an outcome I did not even think possible.

    Client testimonial about Janice Hall - Crime & Motoring

Careless driving or driving without due care and attention is an offence that can lead to fines and driving disqualification. Our specialist motoring solicitors are experts in road traffic or driving offences and can help your case.

We understand the importance of your driving licence – whether you wish to challenge the careless driving charge, reduce the level of punishment or avoid disqualification, contact us for further advice.

Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act

Careless and inconsiderate driving is an offence under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act. The definition of the legislation reads:

If a person drives a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, he is guilty of an offence.

In a careless driving case, each situation is different and the Court will assess and make a judgement on whether you were driving reasonably. Note that this is different from dangerous driving.

Careless driving investigation

If you are suspected of careless driving, you may be asked to attend an Interview Under Caution by the police. If you are asked to answer questions by the police, you are entitled to FREE legal advice. Our specialists are available 24 hours a day at short notice.

If you are charged, receive a Postal Requisition or a Single Justice Procedure Notice, you should seek expert legal advice immediately. This will ensure that you are prepared when it comes to your court date.

Penalty for driving without due care and attention

In the event of a careless driving conviction, you can face disqualification or 3 to 9 penalty points on your driving licence. In addition to this, you may face a fine and the financial implications of going to Court.

Totting up and exceptional hardship

If you receive 12 or more penalty points within three years, you should be disqualified under the Totting Up system. However, you can avoid disqualification if you prove you would suffer “exceptional hardship”. Our specialist solicitors will prepare you for this court hearing and provide expert representation.

Outright disqualification

If your driving borders on dangerous your case can be viewed more seriously, the court can consider an outright disqualification. Our specialist solicitors can help you avoid this.

Careless driving solicitors

Our motoring solicitors have many years’ experience and are best ranked in the North East. We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields, and offer representation for careless driving cases throughout the North East.

Our Fees

In accordance with rules published by the SRA, as of December 2018, all firms offering this type of work must publish details of prices and personnel undertaking the work. Please see our dedicated fees page for more information.

Contact Us

You can reach us by calling 0191 232 9547 or emailing us. For out of hours emergency advice please call 07764 929 487.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment and visit us at one of our North East offices:

56 Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5XU

142 Fowler Street, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 1PZ

The team specialising in this area of work

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