Expert Motoring Offence Lawyers in London

Expert Drug Driving and Drink Driving Solicitors

Motoring Defence Solicitors are a specialist branch focusing in defending road traffic allegations and are one of the best drink driving solicitors in london with an impressive success rate!

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Motor law is a niche area that comes under the umbrella of criminal law so any convictions for road traffic offences are considered to be criminal convictions and we can help you avoid that.

Whilst we specialise in all areas of road traffic law (see our full range of services here) we have particular and extensive experience in drug and alcohol related offences such as drink driving, drug driving, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

With over 10 years experience working solely within road traffic defence work, and with a proven track record of being able to defend our clients against these allegations successfully, if you need a drink or drug driving solicitor you can be sure that you will receive expert advice from Motoring Defence Solicitors.

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With over 10 years experience working solely within road traffic defence work, and with a proven track record of being able to defend our clients against these allegations successfully, if you need a drink or drug driving solicitor you can be sure that you will receive expert advice from Motoring Defence Solicitors.

Specialist Motoring Offence Solicitors in London:

Experts in Drug & Drink Driving Cases

The vast majority of our specialist’s cases have been drug & alcohol related offences and our success rate is extremely impressive even amongst our competitors.

In drink driving cases we have an overall success rate of 93% however in cases where our client had provided a sample of blood or urine, our success rate is 100%. This means that if you have given a blood or urine sample that has tested positive for alcohol, there is a huge chance we can help you avoid a conviction.

Some motorists charged with drink driving provide their sample whilst in hospital and this is a slightly different type of case however we also have a 100% success rate in this type of case as well with cases of drug driving.

Motoring Defence Solicitors are proud to be located in Finsbury Square in Central London and this prime location allows us to provide a personable and professional service to our clients that we believe is unmatched by our competitors. We have maintained strong working relationships with the UK’s leading barristers and expert witnesses  involved with this work that are based in Central London. Regardless of where you live, you will benefit from instructing a firm located in the legal hub of the UK

Instructing a representative can be a difficult task, particularly if you have never been charged with an offence before. Given the huge choice within the market it can be a daunting prospect to commit to a lawyer to help with your case and we want to be able to listen and reassure you as much as possible whilst providing you with expert legal advice.

If you choose to instruct us to help you with your case, you will have guaranteed access to your lawyer via telephone, email, mobile telephone and also benefit from face to face meetings to discuss your case. We can ensure you are fully informed at every stage of your case and can guide you through the process in a more personal manner. You will not be forced to liaise with your lawyer behind a telephone or computer screen you will have the option to attend our office in London for updates about your case when required. We genuinely believe we are the best drink and drug driving solicitors in the country however it is important that you instruct the right representative for you and you may wish to consider our tips on instructing the right lawyer by clicking here

Expert Motoring Offence Lawyers in London

Whilst we encourage you to “shop around” to find the best representative for you, we are confident that our specialists can provide you with a reassuring, non-judgemental and expert service. Our Head of Motor Law, Neil Sargeant has worked at specialist firms his entire career and set-up/managed another successful road traffic department primarily based in Manchester that then expanded to London . We encourage you to contact him for an informal chat to see if we could be the right fit for you.

Drink Driving Offences
Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that we are frequently asked.  The answer is a matter of fact and degree.  In most cases, but not all, it is advised.

All proceedings begin at the magistrates court, whether they remain there or they are sent to the Crown Court.  For this reason alone, the magistrates courts are inundated with cases, generally in excess of 20 cases in each court room in any session. 

In the lower court, the District Judges or Magistrates are required to sit until each days list is dealt with.  On that basis, where a defendant is represented, the Court’s job is far easier as the lawyer acting for the defendant will tailor their submissions to relevant facts, namely those which will assist the court in passing the correct sentence.  Unrepresented defendants or litigants in person, largely do not have the skills required to navigate proceedings easily or secure the most favourable outcome in their case.  There are, however situations where, e.g. it is the individuals first ever offence, they have a previously unblemished record and they may have provided an evidential specimen which is just over the prosecution threshold.  In those cases, if the person is confident in presenting themselves to the court and the lowest level of sentencing is the most likely disposal, we often advise them that representation is more a hand-holding exercise and may not achieve a lesser sentence.

The magistrates court’s guidelines are exactly as the title suggests, guidelines.  Magistrates’ and District Judges have broad discretion in the lower court: similarly Crown Court Judges are just ‘guided’ by their bench book.  It is therefore impossible to guarantee an outcome, however it is certainly possible to negotiate or to navigate submissions toward a preferred outcome within (or outside) the range of sentencing options available to the bench.

The benefit of representation in all cases is experience and knowledge of the system, not least the skill required to persuade the bench towards a sensible sentence in each individual case.  

We deal only with privately funded cases.  The Duty Solicitor can be available to advise those facing serious offences, e.g. those likely to be concluded at the Crown Court or for people who are on Job Seekers Allowance or out of work for other reasons.  The Duty Solicitor has discretion to assist defendants or not.  Equally, they are often the busiest people at Court on any given day and often have to prioritise those most in need of their help and defendants facing the most serious charges.

After charge, unless an express condition of bail states that you cannot drive, you can continue to drive until the first hearing at the magistrates’ court.

If your plea is guilty, you will most likely be sentenced at that first hearing and therefore be fully aware of your position as the bench announce your sentence.  If your plea is not guilty, then it is entirely a matter for the court.  Again, if placed on bail pending your trial and the conditions expressly state that you cannot drive, then it is crucial that you adhere to those conditions.  Failing to do so would render you liable to further charges being laid.

In around 95% of cases, when a plea of not guilty is entered, particularly in respect of people who are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system, the court will allow a defendant to drive after leaving court, until the day of the trial.  Clearly, if successful after trial, the individual will simply continue to drive as they did prior to being the subject of criminal proceedings.

Drink driving, driving whilst unfit, drug driving and failing to provide an evidential specimen of breath, carry a mandatory minimum 12 month disqualification.  If you are found to be ‘In charge’ of a vehicle the court has the discretion to impose either points or a disqualification, never both.

The length of the driving disqualification will be dependant upon the level of alcohol or drug found to be in your blood at the time and other material factors such as culpability and harm, in addition to any previous offending history.  You will see the level of drug or alcohol alleged contained within the body of the text on your charge sheet.   The Magistrates’ Court Guidelines, available on the Sentencing Council’s website, display the starting points for each level of sentencing, like the document shown here, which provides sentencing options for the offence of driving with excess alcohol:

To clarify, conviction only follows when a person either enters a plea of guilty at Court or is found to be guilty after trial.  You cannot formally enter a plea at a police station. 

Google Reviews

Don’t just take our word for it. Below are some of our verified reviews on Google.

Thank you Neil and Jonah Milner who represented me and I won the case! Would definitely recommend if you want to keep your license still in disbelief. Happy with every penny spent!
11:31 29 Mar 22
Great service from Neil and the team in winning my case. Would definitely recommend
15:38 17 Feb 22
The support and advice given to us throughout the whole process has been exceptional. Gillian has been incredibly helpful and reassuring and has kept us very well informed. To finally get a positive outcome has been amazing and a massive weight has lifted from us as a family. Thank you so much for all the work you have done and the continued support you have given us throughout this process. If you are considering other companies…don’t! Go with these guys.
17:37 25 Jan 22
Words can not express my gratitude to Neil and his team. I had an extremely difficult case to deal with which could have gone either way. Neil battled through many tricky situations that arose in this case and never gave up. He always took the time to talk through things with me keeping my anxiety levels as low as they could be. Eventually we got through and the case was dropped. I owe Neil and John Dye everything. Thank you 🙏
11:54 22 Nov 21
If you ever find yourself in a bad situation please don’t hesitate, give Neil a call. A true professional from start to finish, even through coved he made himself available and gave full support for all my worries and questions. An amazing result from an amazing team. Thank you Motor Defence for helping me keep my license. 10/10
15:51 30 Oct 21
Helped me on the phone very briefly !
13:00 22 Sep 21
This firm is the best you can get for you money in defence your self agains any charge. Neil Sargeant is a very professional lawyer that will explore all possibilities to give the best advice of how to build your defence when you been charge with any traffic convictions. Thank you Neil for your help. I would recommend to anyone who is in trouble to get their advice.
20:25 21 Aug 21
Brilliant firm. Very responsive and professional. Made my case get dropped. Gillian was very helpful and John did a great job in court.
16:48 17 Aug 21
Magicians. These guys are by far the best in the business when it comes to defending your driving license. They are THE experts in this field. They gave me realistic advice and told me nothing is guaranteed. Don’t be fooled by pleading guilty, no matter what evidence is against you with these guys you have the best chance of a good result in keeping your driving licence. They have all the answers for all the questions. Very supportive helpful and Informative throughout this terrible experience.Left court with my license and reputation.
16:57 05 Aug 21
Neil Got my drug driving case dropped couldn’t of asked for any better result !! good communication with Neil got my case dropped the day before trial as well big weight off my shoulderWas skeptical at first as didn’t know how many different things they can look into after you’ve had a positive blood result back but he did it !After speaking to this firm on the phone for the first time I knew they was going to be the ones to win my caseHighly recommended for anyone in my position who can’t afford to loose driving license money was not a option. not cheap but money well spentBig thanks to Neil and the team.
16:29 02 Aug 21
Easily one of the most specialised solicitors when it comes to any case relating to motoring in the UK. I’ve not seen a firm better at handling motoring cases than this one. I spoke to Mr Jonathan B and during our consultation he immediately found a way to get all my charges dropped as I was falsely being charged. He even has a E-Scooter campaign for anyone that is interested and is facing a charge due to the newly developing e scooter usage. The laws around E-Scooters needs a refresh and he immediately understood my situation. They are professional, polite, organised and very responsive. I do not doubt Jonathan’s abilities and he is a very capable lawyer and highly experienced, will get you out of trouble for sure. I highly recommend this firm!
18:33 24 Jul 21
Had legal representation from Neil recently with a fantastic result! I was dubious and nervous at first but felt immediately at ease once I had spoken to Neil. He has given me great advice from beginning to end in what has been a stressful situation with regular updates. I would definitely recommend Neil and John with any motoring-related issues!
16:47 22 Jun 21
Genuine hero’s! They were amazing and got me out of a sticky situation. I went into it with doubts but Neil proved me wrong and got the case dropped. I really can not express my gratitude to them and I would highly recommend Neil and his team to anyone!
19:44 18 May 21
I could not be more pleased with the result! I was kept updated at all times and always received a call back soon, if I had any questions. I highly recommend them!
15:25 13 Apr 21
Best Solicitor in the game. Looked after us and the charge was thrown out in Trial. 100% recommended.
10:14 07 Apr 21
Very efficient and really make the process stress free…
00:50 11 Feb 21
If you are in need of the best legal representation, then look no further.
06:39 12 Dec 20
Beautiful place
14:21 06 Dec 20
Neil’s advice, passion and knowledge is second to none, top of his game, was recommended to me by a friend who also had a positive outcome from Neil’s services, also if you have legal cover on your car insurance there is a chance it will cover you for the fees as it did with me which saved me thousands of pounds which I would have still paid even if I wasn’t covered, any motoring offense no matter how big or small Neil is the go to guy!
16:49 23 Nov 20
Recently called Neil for advice I must say he is very good and interpreting your circumstances and applying the law. He never came across as one of those money grabber lawyers, Would definitely recommend his services!
09:31 09 Nov 20
I am very happy with the services I received frommotoring defence solicitors . Very professional and diligent thereby leading to a very successful case .I will highly recommend motoring defence solicitors.
07:17 13 Oct 20
Neil gave me some great advice, very helpful and genuine. Would definitely recommend, Thank you so much.
18:00 16 Sep 20
I would highly recommend Motor Defence solicitors for anyone who needs straight talking solid advice. From the first call to Neil until the final outcome of my case everything was handled in a very professional manner. The fee’s are reasonable and in my opinion it was money well spent using MDS
14:47 07 Aug 20
Amazing result today. Case was thrown out!Can’t thank Neil enough. Very professional and knowledgeable. Every message replied to in an hour or less. At such short notice what a gem find! It feels so good to have this massive weight off my shoulders. I dont want to put any other firms down however previously before finding Neil, other solicitors didnt seem to interested or didnt have high hopes for the case and wasn’t very reassuring. Neil was just ‘different’ in his approach and attitude to the case listened to the problems it would cause me and he advised me on what to do next. What a result! If I’d gone somewhere else I genuinely believe I would have been found guily and charged.Thank you again you’ve really helped me out x
16:39 20 Mar 20
I couldn’t be happier with the service and result. Neil was very professional and helpful. Thank you very much!
10:24 10 Jan 20
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Neil for his expertise, for all his hard work, time and advice he gave me through my case. My appeal at the crown was won and life is now normal again. I would highly recommend this company.
12:13 07 Jan 20
I can’t recommend Neil enough because he has now won two cases for two of my friends.A friend of mine was charged with drug driving because the police officer could smell cannabis on her and she gave a positive reading at the roadside. She instructed Neil and was successful at the Magistrates Court.Another friend of mine called me up after instructing another solicitor and being found guilty of drink driving at the Magistrates Court. I immediately put them in contact with Neil who then successfully appealed their conviction at Crown Court.Both friends have confirmed that Neil is meticulous in his work, has a wealth of driving legislation knowledge, is honest about costs from the offset, and offers great client care at a difficult time.
09:30 30 Sep 19
I used Motoring Defence Solicitors to defend me and would highly recommend them. Having never been in trouble before in my life, I was very worried at the time and spoke to Neil at MDS on the phone who was always very professional, informative and confident of my case from the start, which was very reassuring. My case did end up going to court, but thanks to Neil and the barrister he appointed I was acquitted of the charges we were defending, and I got the outcome I deserved.A very big thank you to Neil for all his help in this matter.
17:20 08 Sep 19
My experience with motoring defence has been incredible, Neil Sargeant is one of the best motoring advisers I’ve ever known, Neil’s approach with the case is incredibly professional and supporting, I have had to deal with lawyers before but motoring defence solicitors are the best out there,They are 100% worth the money.
17:45 05 Sep 19
I have spoken to a number of solicitors and have made appointments to have been let down and given rubbish advice having paid substantial money.I called Neil who gave me AMAZING advice over the phone for free could not have been more helpful and putting my mind at ease also followed this up with an email so i did not forget anything.Just amazing service, I would recommend him 100% to anyone that needed a solicitor.Thanks again Neil.
09:38 19 Aug 19
I cannot reiterate how great Neil was as a legal advisor, his professionalism, passion and empathy is unmatchable. I spoke to a number of solicitors prior to nominating Neil, he was by far the most approachable and has an amazing track record, he provided a great deal of clarity towards my case and the processes. I would most certainly recommend Neil to anyone who needs advice regarding motoring cases. I have learned a great deal from this whole experience and not only was this a great service but I obtained the best result possible. Neil was able to provide advice the whole step of the way. Thank you Neil and co. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND, you wouldn’t regret it if you value your licence and record!
18:38 10 Jul 19
What can I say? In life we have many processes to go through and some can be daunting and it never feels like a good time. I anxiously spoke to a few solicitors at the start and then called Motoring Defence Solicitors and Neil answered the phone… From that moment I became at ease and that’s not just because of Neil’s calming voice, he provided reassurance and demonstrated his knowledge and applied integrity from the start, I was in no doubt about instructing Neil and his team. I gained a huge amount of clarity through Neil about the processes and detailing from evidence to insurance and when I attended court on two occasions again I felt reassurance by the services of my appointed barrister Kwaku Awuku-Asabre. I would definitely recommend Neil to anyone who needs advice and the best motoring defence solicitor. Thank you so much Neil, you’re a great hard working expert man, I have huge respect! I’ve gained so much from this experience, not just a successful result from a great service.
10:10 14 Jun 19
A friend recommended Neil to me as I had no idea what to do. His track record and his approachable manner throughout my case has helped me deal with the stress of the mess I found myself in. Regular updates along the way, in plain English, was a pleasant and welcome surprise. Neil, true to his word, has orchestrated my case to a successful conclusion for me.I would recommend highly if a driving licence is at stake!
14:33 29 May 19
I would just like to say a massive thankyou to Neil and his team for being acquitted at my recent court hearing. I was very apprehensive in the beginning but Neil explained in great detail the fors and against’s of defending my case. He filled me with great confidence and strength during this anxious time. I would gladly recommend them to anybody in a similiar situation. Great Job guys.
11:18 10 May 19
Honestly hands down , best service received by Neil an co. When i first had my court hearing and being placed in this situation first time in my life, i was nervous and anxious of everything, i didn’t want to lose my licence or be convicted with a DR10. Neil always reassured me and gave me advice. His knowledge and skills was very professional and I didn’t doubt him. On the day when my trial was being held, despite lack of evidence and due to the unfair trial the prosecution decided to drop the case. Even though it cost me alot of money, I am happy i made this decision on having Neil and co as my defence, I would highly recommend for people who are in same situation as i was, you wouldn’t regret it. Thanks again Neil ✌R Miah
21:03 09 May 19
Top service from Niel. And his firm. They certainly no their stuff. Regarding the law in motoring .id never been able to sort my cast like they did for me .never new half the things the police can actually get wrong . And niel and his team can over turn and make them no that the police certainly don’t no the law regarding certain motor offences. .well my case got thrown out of court. Even though I was over drink drive limit. . Well not much more to say except. Thank you niel and co. . HIGHLY rECOMMENDED.
07:29 01 May 19
A 5 star firm totally A class service from start to finish. Highly recommend using Neil and his firm. All the way thorough the 9month case Neil’s support has been fantastic. My barrister and medical expert were totally on par. We got the result we wanted thanks to all the hard work. Thank you neil you change lifes .
10:43 15 Apr 19
I would unequivocally recommend using Motoring Defence Solicitors. I used MDS to defend my daughter for a case where the authorities had made a number of substantial mistakes in their prosecution. MDS also assisted me in speaking with insurers to approve the costs of defence and I cannot pass enough praise to Neil Sargeant and his team. The barristers were understanding and professional the whole time and I have no doubt that without their expert service this could have ended up very damaging.
11:21 04 Mar 19
I can’t speak highly enough of Neil and his colleagues. The advice and professionalism he demonstrated made me feel at ease from the first day I spoke to him. He explained how he could help my case and the process from start to conclusion his in depth knowledge of the law is incredible. On the day of the trial I meet with Phillip and Dr Mundy the expert witness for my case. We discussed the case in detail before entering the court room. I can honestly say I felt totally at ease even while the CPS went through case against me. Phillip delivered a master class of a defence and case was dropped and I was acquitted. I would recommend Neil 100% for anyone who feels they need advice for any motoring conviction. Thank you again Neil for your hard work in my cases.
12:26 27 Jan 19
Case Dropped! I couldn’t be any more happy with the result Neil and his team achieved for me, having spoken to many Soliciors who gave me no confidence – Neil went out of his way and left no stones unturned, Neil’s knowledge of the motoring law is unbelievable – he left the the prosecution no option but to drop the case, if anyone finds themselves in any alcohol related driving offence or allegation, I recommend Neil Sargeant 100%Thanks again for all your hard work.
12:45 07 Dec 18
Great results-really helpful and knowledgeable.Helped secure and acquittal for a family member. Neil was informative throughout the whole process and of course had experienced representatives in court – Couldn’t recommend them more.
11:28 07 Nov 18
I couldn’t speak any higher of Neil and his team. After feeling very sceptical of this service i was over the moon when the result when my way. Neil remained personable and positive throughout the time i instructed him.Neil used a top Barrister who put me at ease within a minute of talking to him.I would highly recommend this firm and is good value for money.
21:19 04 Nov 18
I can’t commend Neil enough for his professionalism and efforts in handling my case. In my opinion Neil went beyond the call of duty and did everything he physically could to ensure the best possible outcome for me. I would not hesitate to instruct this firm again nor would I think twice about recommending them to others 👍🏽
20:10 06 Aug 18
Neil helped me recently with a case and I couldn’t have been happier with the service and result.
15:25 19 Jul 18
This Law firm is excellent at defending its client for road traffic incidents. Neil Sargeant is an outstanding legal adviser and he is the best that i have ever come across.
09:10 19 Jul 18
Profesional Service. Very knowledgeable on the process. Thanks.
11:24 11 Apr 18
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