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Hands-Free. Not as safe as you think.

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Conor Johnstone

Drivers using hands-free are equally as distracted when driving, a study reveals. Researchers at The University of Sussex found that hands-free kits are no safer than those who use their phones as normal, despite the law condoning – and encouraging – the use of hands-free kits in cars. The study calls for all phones, including hands-free…

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Don’t be forced into pleading guilty

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Conor Johnstone

The Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association has today published guidance to Criminal Advocates in respect of initial disclosure of the prosecution’s case. You may be surprised to hear that you are not entitled to any of the evidence against you prior to a first court hearing. This limits the advice your solicitor can give you. From a defence…

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(2016) M.A.J. Law Publish New Website

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Conor Johnstone

As part of our investment into technology, M.A.J. Law have published a brand new website dedicated to motoring offences. Over the past 6 months M.A.J Law have been working with a local website design company to create a powerful, easy-to-use, fully responsive website, built to provide first-class, specialist advice. The site also contains a number of…

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Surrey Police Constable found guilty of drink-driving

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M.A.J. LAW

A Surrey police officer has been banned from driving for 18 months after she was found guilty of drink-driving. PC Nicola Townsend, pleaded guilty to the offence at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court. Magistrates’ at Basingstoke heard how Townsend was breathalysed after she parked her car at Guildford police station after an inspector smelled alcohol on her…

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Country’s first driver arrested for drug driving convicted

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M.A.J. LAW

South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership are to launch a new Sky TV advert to show the consequences of drug driving. The advert comes after one of the first drivers in the country to be arrested under the new drug driving law was convicted of the offence and disqualified from driving. Robert…

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Surrey Police officer charged with drink-driving

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M.A.J. LAW

An officer from Surrey Police has been charged with drink driving following an incident in Guildford last month. PC Nicola Townsend, who is based at Guildford police station, was charged with driving over the prescribed alcohol limit on September 30. PC Townsend will now appear before Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on October 15. A spokesman for…

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Driving instructor and learner driver arrested for drink-driving

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M.A.J. LAW

A learner driver and driving instructor have been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in Hampshire. Both the driver and driving instructor were three times over the legal limit, according to the Hampshire Roads Policing Unit Twitter account. Following the arrests, the learner driver was charged with driving with excess alcohol and is due to appear…

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Former X-Factor Panelist Tulisa arrested on suspicion of drink-driving

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M.A.J. LAW

Singer Tulisa Contostavlos has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after crashing her Ferrari. The former N-Dubz singer was breathalysed after allegedly colliding with another vehicle in Southgate, North London. It is believed Tulisa failed a roadside breath test and is currently in custody. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called shortly before…

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Lowering the drink-drive limit in Scotland has had no impact

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M.A.J. LAW

As calls to lower the drink-drive limit in England and Wales, statistics in Scotland show that the introduction of a lower drink-drive has had no effect on the rates of offending. Figures released by Police Scotland show officers recorded 1,337 drink or drug driving related offences for the first three months of this year –…

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