Jonathan Morrissey

Consultant Solicitor and Head of Crime, Motoring Matters & Inquests

DATE PUBLISHED: 16 Feb 2024 LAST UPDATED: 23 Feb 2024

Have you been accused of an offence you didn’t intend to commit?

What is an unintentional offence?

Unintentional offences are known as “Strict Liability” Offences and can be committed both by doing an act and by omission.

A common example is driving without insurance. For instance if you are stopped by the police while driving and your insurance has expired or may have been cancelled, unbeknown to you, you are guilty of an offence regardless of your intentions. This can then cause difficulty with penalty points and disqualification. Fortunately the matter does not automatically end there and there are still exceptions and still defences available.

How can Ellis Jones help?

If you have been accused of a ‘Strict Liability’ offence and would like to speak to an expert, you can contact our Criminal team by calling 01202 525333.

How can we help?

When you submit this form an email will be sent to the relevant department who will contact you within 48 hours. If you require urgent advice please call 01202 525333.

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