This client instructed BB Law a few days before his trial. We persuaded the prosecution to drop the s.172 charge (which carries a large fine and minimum of 6 points) in return for a guilty plea to the original minor red-light offence. This was potentially a difficult task because the red-light offence was well over 6 months old and wasn’t included on the original summons. The client ended up with a small fine and 3 points. Here is the client’s feedback –
“Good afternoon Mr Bell, could I take a minute to thank you so much for the work you have done for me at such short notice, absolutely first class service from you, greatly appreciated and will store your contact details for any future problems that arise!!
I will forward your details should I know anybody in a difficult situation like mine for your representation and once again much obliged.” – Mr A, S – Liverpool
This was an unusual case and an exceptional result. The outcome shows that despite the rigid sentencing guidelines that magistrates are told to apply, magistrates are willing to consider the overall justice of the situation and use their discretion to sentence outside the guidelines in an appropriate case.
“Bobby. My family and I have been very impressed and pleased with the service we received as well as the final outcome. I would definitely recommend the service to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation. I felt much more comfortable thanks to the advice received, and it made me a lot more confident that I was doing everything I could to get the best result possible. It helped me understand everything that was going on, so that there were no nasty surprises that I wasn’t aware of. My experience has inspired me to look at law as a very possible path I would like to take. I am very pleased with the result of my case, and thank you very much for all that you have done. Best regards” – T – Cheshire
This client was one of the approximately 250 drivers being prosecuted by West Midlands Police for alleged Street Racing. The prosecution were seeking to prove the client was taking part in a motor race, solely on the basis of a mere 6 seconds of CCTV footage showing his car accelerating quickly away from a set of traffic lights. What was even more concerning was the fact that the CCTV had been substantially edited by a police officer in a way that helped give the appearance that a race was taking place. Needless to say BB Law were not impressed and after pointing out the failings with the prosecution case, the allegation was dismissed. Justice was done for this client but how many others have been convicted on similar evidence?
“Hi Bobby, Thanks for all of your help & advice throughout this case. Everything was done by the book, as you proved in court. I can honestly say having walked into the court room I was expecting a 12 month ban for my allegation of racing another car from traffic lights even though I knew I was innocent. To have the case dismissed was such a relief! No points, no ban, no fine and all my legal fees refunded. That’s how it’s done! Well done Bobby.” – Mr G, S – Wolverhampton, West Midlands
“From the first email, Mr Bell was fully understanding and reassuring. I did not have a clue about law but I believed that having received an 18 month ban and £375 fine in the magistrates court (when represented by the court’s duty solicitor) was a bit harsh. Bobby was honest from the onset about my chances in the crown court. After discussing the best and worse outcome of an appeal, I decided to instruct Mr Bell to act on my behalf. Not being in a particularly strong financial position Mr Bell was very accommodating regarding a payment strategy which was honoured to the full. An approachable solicitor, Mr Bell always gave me the impression he wanted to achieve a positive outcome to my appeal and I strongly got the impression he was a solicitor with exacting standards and the professional desire to succeed for his clients. I would highly recommend Mr Bell to any potential client requiring legal representation in a motoring matter, and would certainly use him again, should I have the unfortunate reason to do so! I thank him for making this stressful experience considerably more bearable, and achieving a positive outcome to my appeal. Thank you very much.” – Miss N, F – Codsall, West Midlands