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Drug Driving Sentencing Guidelines Released

  • Nov21

    Drug Driving Sentencing Guidelines Released

    Conor Johnstone

    The Sentencing Council is launching guidance for sentencing cases of ‘drug driving’.   The guidance is to assist those sentencing offences of driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug in the body above the specified limit (Section 5A Road Traffic Act 1988)….

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  • Nov3

    Not learning your lesson – Distracted drivers

    Conor Johnstone

    Driving whilst distracted can be deadly. It can also be a criminal offence. Data from a BBC Radio 5 Freedom of Information Request shows that almost 10,000 drivers have been caught twice in four years for being distracted whilst driving, this includes using a mobile phone or operating a sat-nav system. The penalties may not be…

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  • Jun8

    Hands-Free. Not as safe as you think.

    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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  • Jun7

    Don’t be forced into pleading guilty

    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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GF

6th March 2019 Bromley Magistrates' Court

(Drink driving case won at trial)

I wanted to express my gratitude to the team at M.A.J Law for their expert advice and representation. I was charged with drink driving and asked to attend court. I searched online and found M.A.J Law. Their solicitors all seemed well informed and professional. Unlike other firms I spoke to, they didn’t give it the hard sell and explained all my options. My case was won at trial after the police officer couldn’t remember who had completed the important procedural paperwork.

I am eternally grateful for M.A.J Law’s assistance and would recommend them to anyone in a similar situation.

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JG

28th February 2019 Scarborough Magistrates' Court

Dear David, Conor and the M.A.J team.

I’d just like to thank you for the services provided and for your patience with my worries and questions throughout the process.

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