Special Reasons

Can I Use Special Reasons to mitigate a driving ban?

Putting forward special reasons can be technical and difficult especially where caselaw is involved.  If you think there may special reasons to avoid a driving disqualification or penalty points contact us first – 97.5% success rate.

Special Reasons, if accepted, could allow the court to impose a punishment of penalty points in place of a disqualification or to impose no penalty points at all. This means that you may not receive the usual penalty for the offence if your Special Reasons are seen as valid.

Special Reasons must meet the following criteria:

  • The reason must be of a mitigating or extenuating circumstance;
  • It must not amount to a defence;
  • The reason must be one that the court can properly take into account when imposing punishment.

The most common examples of Special Reasons in drink driving cases are:

  • Laced or spiked drinks; 
  • Shortness of distance;
  • Emergency situations.

A driver’s ignorance of the law cannot be a special reason.

Special Reasons – Further information

For more information on special reasons to avoid a disqualification, contact our specialist transport team on 0115 910 6239 for FREE initial advice.

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