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R v J (July 2018 The Crown Court sitting at Bristol) The defendant was charged with dangerous driving, possession of an offensive weapon and drug driving.  He entered guilty pleas at the magistrates’ court but due to the serious nature of the offences his case was committed to the Crown Court for sentence.  He was to expect a prison sentence in excess of 12 months.  Charles carefully mitigated on the defendants behalf and persuaded the Judge to sentence the defendant to a community order and an 18 month driving ban. A very lenient sentence in the circumstances.

R v N (June 2018) Magistrates’ court - totting. Client spared a minimum 6 month driving ban due to medical issues affecting his business and family. He left court with 3 points and a fine.

R v Y (May 2018) Magistrates’ court – totting. Client spared a minimum 6 month driving ban due to persuading the magistrates to endorse his licence with 5 rather than 6 penalty points.  The court accepted his difficulties with getting to work and his dependant, disabled live-in mother.  He left court with 5 penalty points and avoided totting by 1 point.

R v W (May 2018) Magistrates’ court – totting. Client spared a minimum 6 month driving ban due to the magistrates being persuaded that he would be unable to find a job and he would be unable to provide necessary assistance to his disabled mother in law.  He left court with 6 points and a fine.

R v S (May 2018) Magistrates’ court – careless driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to exchange details at the scene of an accident. Client expected a 3 year driving ban but he left court with a 6 month driving ban which removed all of the penalty points from his licence.

R v M (April) Magistrates’ court – careless driving. Client entered a guilty plea to falling asleep at the wheel causing significant damage and injury a mother and her children in a road traffic accident.  The client fully expected a lengthy driving ban but left court with an endorsement of 6 penalty points and a fine.

R v M - May 2017 The defendant had pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle and was sentenced with their licence being endorsed with 10 points.  Due to previous endorsements the total reached over 12 which required an exceptional hardship argument presented by Charles.  This was successful and the defendant was not banned from driving.  Soon after the defendant faced a further speeding allegation.  Charles noticed that the prosecution had failed to provide the court with basic details of the offence within the allotted period of time. The speeding charge was withdrawn.

R v D (March 2017) Removal of driving license. Making an application after serving 2 years of a disqualification.  Following carefully prepared submissions the court reduced the driving disqualification by 6 months.  The court accepted the need of the applicant to drive to allow him to earn more money to care for his family. 

R v AW – Magistrates Sentence (Feb 2017) Client sentenced in relation to drink driving.  Magistrates ordered a disqualification lower than the recommended range accepting Charles’ representations.

R v JD – Magistrates Trial (Sep 2016) Client allegedly failed to provide a provisional sample of breath, drove without due care and attention and resist arrest.  Acquitted at trial. Successfully arguing that the police had acted unlawfully and factually incorrect. Defence costs recovered.  One of the police officers in associated proceedings stated that the defendant had paid for superior legal representation (Charles), who successfully cast doubt on the prosecution case, drawing on technical inconsistencies in the officers statements.

R v FM - Magistrates Trial (June 2016) Client allegedly speeding. The client was unable to attend for trial due to business commitments. Prosecution unable to prove speed. Acquitted.

R v TH – Magistrates Trial (Nov 2016) Client charged with using a mobile phone whilst driving, obstructing a police officer and driving in a weight restricted area.  The case was reliant on police witness accounts which the magistrates were not persuaded by.  Acquitted on all charges.

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