The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, s.34 (1) outlines that ‘A Special Reason must relate to the offence; circumstances peculiar to the offender cannot constitute special reasons’.
A special reason must:
● be a mitigating or extenuating circumstance,● not amount in law to a defence to the charge,● be directly connected with the commission of the offence,● be one which the court ought properly to take into consideration when imposing a sentence.
What if Special Reasons don’t apply to my case?
If the court decides that Special Reasons do not apply to your case, you may have particular circumstances connected to you which may encourage the court to treat you more leniently in any event. This is referred to as personal mitigation.
Arguing Special Reasons.
Lucinda Dore Solicitors has particular experience assisting clients with arguments of Special Reasons and making arguments of leniency based on a client’s personal mitigation. We will always assess every case on their own particular merits and endeavour to achieve the best possible for you.
Contact Lucinda Dore Solicitors by completing the online enquiry form below for advice about your case. We will be able to advise you whether you might have a potential case for Special Reasons to apply.