What should you do next?
Many people who find that they have to attend court in such circumstances will be doing so for the first time in their lives. They don’t have criminal records and the whole process is an unwanted and distressing experience. Whatever you do you should not panic. Be careful of ‘advice’ from friends and family as although they are likely to be well meaning their ‘advice’ may be unreliable.
Instead, if you are anxious about the matter you would probably be well advised to contact a motoring offence solicitor ie a lawyer who regularly or exclusively practises in this field. But, do be careful. The internet is full of unlikely claims as to impossible success rates. Your best tactic is to employ a good dose of sound common sense when doing your research. If claims online with regard to success rates through the finding of ‘loopholes’ sound too good to be true that’s probably because they are!
When considering such claims ask yourself who decides on the criteria for what amounts to ‘success’? Who records and measures the achievements? Are the records of success compared with other solicitors who do the same type of work? Be careful you are not accepting claims to outstanding success made by the very people who are judge and jury in their own cause.
How then should you choose a lawyer?
Are you content to be advised by someone whom you will never meet ie over the phone or virtually? Are you content for the person who takes your instructions to be anything less than a qualified solicitor or barrister? If the answer to these questions is ‘no’ then you may find that a local firm of lawyers are more likely to meet your needs. But, then you should ask if they do mainly criminal work such as burglary or assault with a bit of motoring work on the side, or, whether they specialise exclusively in motoring work. Once again if you are happy to be represented by a generalist there is nothing wrong with this; but, you should make an informed decision.
On the other hand you may decide that, given the importance of the issue, you want to be represented by a lawyer whom you can meet face to face and who specialises exclusively in this field. If this is the case ensure you do your research online to see if the lawyer concerned meets the criteria you have set.