Ex-professional footballer and Sky pundit has road traffic charges dropped

Legally reviewed by: Kevin Waddingham In: Motoring Offences

Michael Balmer successfully defended a former, professional footballer at Wirral Magistrates Court. The former Everton and Sunderland player – and Sky Sports pundit – was convicted in his absence in 2020, of 2 offences of failing to furnish (supply) information, dating back to September 2019, contrary to section 172 Road Traffic Act 1988. The client was disqualified from driving – following his conviction – also in absence, receiving 12 penalty points on his driving licence. The client only became aware, some weeks later, when bailiffs contacted him regarding the outstanding fines.

How can Cartwright King help clients win road traffic cases, for failing to supply the relevant information?

The client had not received any of the 172 notices or the court summons, due to issues with his post. He instructed Michael, at Cartwright King, who successfully applied to have both cases re-opened and listed for trial. At trial, after hearing evidence from the client, the court accepted his explanation and found that he had a reasonable excuse for not complying with the requirement to provide information and found him not guilty of all charges.

What impact does the increasingly admin-driven nature of road traffic casework provide, i.e. in this case due to absence?

The case highlighted the issues with courts disqualifying people in absence and the requirement for the police and prosecution to issue paperwork to the correct address. These issues are becoming more and more common due to the increased administrative nature of road traffic proceedings and the Single Justice Procedure.

How can Cartwright King help with road traffic incidents?

Whether you’re facing charges for a minor or serious driving offence, having an experienced Motoring Offence Solicitor representing you is often the difference to get a successful outcome for your case.

Our specialists listen, understand and genuinely care about keeping you on the road. The Motoring Offence experts give thorough, open and reliable legal advice, so you’re clear about your rights, when facing motoring offence charges.

Cartwright King can help you with a range of driving offences, offering reassurance that your case is in good hands.

Working with Cartwright King’s motoring offence solicitors gives you the benefit of having access to legal counsel who’ll advise you at every stage of your case. We know driving offence charges can be harmful to your daily life and potentially affect your employment.

That’s why we’ll do everything we can to clear you of offence or reduce any action against you.

We’re dedicated to defending your legal rights and helping you keep your driving licence, ensuring that you’re treated fairly throughout your case. When you need us most, we’ll be there to offer first-class legal advice and capable guidance.

We’re a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top-tier law firm, with specialist solicitors that remain calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on.

Why choose Cartwright King to help with Motoring Offences?

There’s an array of driving offences you can be charged with if you don’t follow the rules of the road. If you’ve been charged with a driving offence, benefit from the expert knowledge of Cartwright King’s specialist Motoring Offence Solicitors, who have an established track-record of protecting the driving licences of many British motorists.

For speedy and well-organised legal advice for motoring offences, or any of our services, call us or get in touch with Cartwright King now.

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