25 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ROAD TRAFFIC LAW AT BOTH THE POLICE STATION AND COURT STAGES – WEDNESDAY 31st JANUARY 2024 BETWEEN 4PM AND 5PM
There was a fair bit happening in 2023 regarding road traffic law – the purpose of this 1-hour presentation is to bring you up to date with things you may have missed and also to throw some light on the trickier problems encountered when dealing with road traffic offences.
The notes will contain important documents published in 2023 such as the complete Criminal Practice Directions replacing the 2015 Criminal Practice Directions
Have a look at the ‘25 things to know’ and see whether or not this is a course for you
This 1-hour ZOOM presentation by Colin Beaumont will be of benefit to anyone involved in advising clients in the tricky area of road traffic offences.
It will be accompanied by a full set of notes.
Anyone wishing to attend the session (or wishing to have the full set of notes and the recording afterwards without ever attending) should simply click here: mailto: email@example.com or ring me (or send me a text) – (07887) 842985 and book a place.
The following 25 things will be considered:
1 – Jones and the Chief Constable of West Mercia – it would seem pointless even arguing the case following the publication by the Sentencing Council of the document – ‘Miscellaneous Amendments to Sentencing Guidelines’ – operative from 1st April 2023
2 – 12 new Road Traffic Guidelines published by the Sentencing Council and operative from 1st July 2023
3 – Causing death by dangerous driving etc – advising on causation AT THE POLICE STATION STAGE – a consideration of the 2 important Supreme Court decisions in this area of law
4 – Causing serious injury by careless driving – advising AT THE POLICE STATION STAGE on the merits of making early admissions, regarding this relatively recent offence, with a view to seeking to persuade the Court to suspend the sentence
5 – Guidelines for the first time ever from the Sentencing Council in relation to the offences concerning driving/attempting to drive with drugs in the system above the permissible level and being in charge of a motor vehicle with drugs in the system above the permissible level
6 – The private paying client – costs recoverable under a defendant’s costs order (DCO) when dealing with cases in the Magistrates’ Court and when dealing with cases by way of an appeal to the Crown Court – a consideration of the document published by the Ministry of Justice
7 – The increase in sentence for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 and the ramifications in terms of the amount of time that a defendant will need to serve before he or she will be released on parole (Adults)
8 – The increase in sentence for the offence of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 and the ramifications in terms of the amount of time that a defendant will need to serve before he or she will be released on parole (Adults)
9 – Experts in the area of road traffic law – Rule 19 of The Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (as amended) and Chapter 7 of The Criminal Practice Directions 2023 (The Criminal Practice Directions 2023 will be contained in these notes)
10 – Some important points to note when advising clients who are going to ‘tot’ in the sense of having 12 points or more on their record as a result of today’s Court appearance
11 – Advising the Probationary Driver – the things you really ought to know about the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995
12 – The Magistrates’ today are proposing to endorse your client’s driving record with 9 penalty points and to disqualify until re-test – would this course of action be lawful?
13 – The defendant had been disqualified by the Court for a set period of time and disqualified until re-test – after the set period of time had expired the defendant drove again and THE POLICE are proposing to charge him with the offence of driving whilst disqualified – would this course of action be lawful?
14 – Interim disqualifications – a recent Court of Appeal case (2023) highlighting the pitfalls of clients subject to interim disqualifications
15 – Clients who have spent a considerable amount of time remanded in custody during the proceedings – a recent Court of Appeal case (2023) giving guidance upon how such remand time should be considered when assessing the length of a disqualification from driving and imposing custody
16 – The 3 road traffic offences mentioned in Schedule 18 of the Sentencing Act 2020 and for which your client could be sentenced under the Dangerous Offender provisions
17 – ‘Offences committed on the same occasion’ or ‘offences committed on different occasions’ – it’s an important argument to win if you are trying to prevent your client from being ‘a totter’ in Court today
18 – Disqualifications which wipe the record clean of points and disqualifications which do not wipe the record clean of points
19 – The 4 criteria that a Special Reason must fulfil
20 – Are there any ‘grounds for mitigating the normal consequences of the conviction’ today whereby a shorter period of disqualification could be imposed or simply the imposition of penalty points and no disqualification at all!
21 – Committals for sentence under Sections 14 – 24 of the Sentencing Act 2020 – either- way and summary offences plus remittals for sentence under Sections 25 – 29 of the Sentencing Act 2020
22 – Those road traffic clients you are obliged to see as the Court Duty Solicitor and those road traffic clients who do not fall within the scheme
23 – A minimum 3 year disqualification today or a minimum 1 year disqualification today
24 – High Risk Offenders according to DVLA Swansea
25 – Aspects of the Road traffic law covered by the Sentencing Act 2020
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