HGV drivers and haulage companies can face prosecution for HGV offences for a number of reasons – and in some cases, both the driver and the haulage company will face prosecution for an offence.
Some of the most common HGV offences include:
HGV drivers can also be prosecuted for breaches of the Highway Code and offences under the Road Traffic Act, including indictable offences such as causing death by dangerous driving or careless or inconsiderate driving.
Exceeding the speed limit, vehicle maintenance and offences involving using a mobile phone while driving, or driving while impaired, will all result in severe penalties – and are likely to harm an HGV driver’s employment if totting up reaches 12 points, leading to disqualification.
Heavy fines of up to £5,000 can be imposed by the court for overloading offences – and fines for bringing illegal immigrants into the UK can total thousands of pounds.
Duncan Lewis driving offence solicitors have considerable experience in defending HGV drivers and haulage companies against motoring offences – and can advise on totting up, disqualification, appeals against conviction or sentencing and applying for early reinstatement of an HGV driver’s licence.
In serious cases, where a conviction for causing death by dangerous driving, manslaughter or murder charges is obtained, Duncan Lewis motoring law solicitors will advise on an immediate appeal against conviction, if there are sufficient grounds.
In cases where there is a technical error in the prosecution of an HGV offence, it may also be possible to void prosecution altogether.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work – and has an exceptional track record in defending cases involving HGV drivers, haulage companies or commercial drivers.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide in England and Wales – and a criminal defence solicitor from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes.
Call Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on road traffic offences, including charges involving HGV motoring offences.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors advise HGV drivers or haulage companies facing prosecution for a road traffic offence to get in touch as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis can attend police interview under caution – and can also advise on penalties and appealing a sentence or conviction.
Appeals have to be lodged within 21 days of a verdict – although in some cases it ma be possible to lodge an appeal against conviction outside the limitation period if, for example, a driver is already serving the sentence in jail or is awaiting sentencing.
Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors are a leading provider of Legal Aid services – however, Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting or phone call.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis motoring and driving offence solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of costs whenever possible.
In some cases, after the event insurance may also be a funding option for cases involving motoring offences.
Call Duncan Lewis Motoring & Driving Offence Solicitors for expert legal advice on HGV offences on 020 7923 4020.