Jonathan Morrissey
Consultant Solicitor and Head of Crime, Motoring Matters & Inquests
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Date Published:23 Feb 2017 Last Updated:23 Oct 2021

Totting Up and Exceptional Hardship


We have probably all heard the various media reports this morning regarding the apparent “horror” of 10,000 people countrywide still having their licences despite having 12 or more penalty points.

Sadly, emotive issues such as this inevitably will cause a backlash and frenzy to correct what we perceive as being wrong.

Clients should be made aware of the defects in the information given this morning namely:

  • Having 12 points on your licence DOES NOT necessarily make you a dangerous driver
  • Losing your job does NOT automatically save your licence
  • Exceptional Hardship is irrelevant in Drink Driving cases

It is almost certain that given the press releases this morning that the Ministry of Justice will react by instructing Magistrates to be tougher on those reaching 12 points.

The usual way of doing this is to target unrepresented defendants who may not have the specialist knowledge to be able to successfully present their cases.

We can help in a range of ways from advising you before you go to Court on your prospects of success to representing you in Court and assisting you to put forward your strongest case.