Appeal Driving Ban

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Legally reviewed by: Kevin Waddingham

Cartwright King’s dedicated Motoring Law Team can help you challenge a conviction for a driving offence if you think it’s unjust or the penalty you’ve received is too harsh. You can trust our experience, backed by getting hundreds of motorists out of trouble every year, to help you successfully overturn a driving conviction or driving ban.

For reliable, practical advice don’t delay, get in touch with our meticulous Motoring Law Team today

How Cartwright King Can Add Value to Your Appeal

Cartwright King takes a non-judgemental approach to your case. We listen, we understand and we genuinely care about getting you back on the road. We know that a driving conviction or ban can affect your job and family life, which is why we’re committed to supporting your appeal with the right legal advice and representation. 

Our knowledge and extensive experience of the driving ban appeals process means that our Motoring Law Team is fully prepared to present your appeal to give it the best chance of success. We can help with:

  • Statutory Declaration Appeals
  • Application to Reopen Appeals
  • Crown Court Appeals
  • High Court Appeals

Benefit From a Free, Initial Telephone Conversation

Time is of the essence when appealing a driving ban or conviction, so it’s worth taking advantage of a free, initial discussion with our Motoring Law Team. You can use this time to explain your situation and find out how we can help you with a practical plan of action.

For immediate assistance, contact us today for your free* initial discussion.

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

Why Choose Cartwright King to Appeal a Driving Ban?

Appealing a driving ban or conviction requires a dedicated Motoring Offence Lawyer that’s fully focused and understands the appeals process. Having the right advice and representation, plus genuine belief in the merits of your appeal, is often the difference when it comes to a successful outcome for your case. 

We listen, we understand and we genuinely care about getting you back on the road. That’s why we’re committed to standing up for your rights, ensuring that your appeal is heard and given ample consideration.

Cartwright King can establish the best way for you to launch an appeal, giving you peace of mind that your case is in good hands.

Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case

We’re committed to defending your legal rights and ensuring that you’re treated fairly throughout your case. When you need us most, our Motoring Law Team rises to the challenge.

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

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

What are the different ways a driving ban or conviction can be appealed?

There are several ways to appeal a driving ban or conviction, including:

Statutory Declaration – If you have been convicted or prosecuted in your absence and were unaware of the proceedings, you can make a Statutory Declaration, which will automatically cancel out your conviction. The Court process begins again, giving you the opportunity to make your case.

Application to ReopenIf your conviction or sentence took place in a Magistrates’ Court and you did not attend for a valid reason, or a crucial error was made because the Court did not have some important information, you may be able to make an application to reopen the case and challenge the original decision.

Crown Court Appeal – Once you have been sentenced in a Magistrates’ Court, you can appeal to the Crown Court against conviction or sentence. The Crown Court re-hears your entire case and can reach a different verdict to the Magistrates. 

High Court Appeal – In some cases, where we advise that the Court have made a legal error, your case can be referred to the High Court by asking the Magistrates to “state a case” for review there.

How long do I have to appeal a conviction or sentence?

If you have been convicted or sentenced for a motoring offence, you have 21 days from the date of sentence to lodge an appeal. In certain circumstances you may be allowed to appeal out of time.

I have been convicted of a motoring offence, how do I appeal?

If you choose to appeal against a conviction, a full retrial of your case will take place at a Crown Court. It will be heard by a Crown Court Judge with two accompanying Magistrates who were not involved in your original case.

I have been sentenced for a motoring offence, how do I appeal?

If you choose to appeal against a sentence that has been imposed by the Magistrates’ Court, you are appealing against the sentence and not the conviction – e.g. you feel that your disqualification was too long. 

Once you have appealed against your sentence, the Crown Court will reconsider it and can reduce the sentence or increase it. For example, you may have been disqualified from driving despite your exceptional hardshipargument and on appeal that argument could be reviewed.

What are the risks of appealing?

You have the right to lodge an appeal; however we would always advise reviewing your case before doing so. While the Court has the authority to reduce your sentence, they can also increase your original sentence and make you pay the prosecution costs if they feel that the appeal should not have been brought. 

We would analyse your case and advise on the best course of action.

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