Specialist London Solicitors in Failing to Stop cases
At MFI Law Limited we have the expertise in representing clients charged with failing to stop. Our London Solicitors are available to represent clients at London Police Stations, Magistrates' and Crown Courts throughout the country.
Failing to stop after an accident or report an accident is governed by Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act which states:
Section 170(2) of the Road Traffic act 1988 provides that the driver of the motor vehicle must stop and, if required to do so by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give his name and address, the name and address of the owner of the vehicle and the identification marks of the vehicle.
Section 170(3) places an obligation on the driver, if he does not give his name and address under subsection (2) above, to report the accident to a police constable or police station as soon as reasonably practicable and in any case within 24 hours.
When the evidence reveals a failure to comply with both subsections (2) and (3), proceedings should be brought for both offences. The failure to stop is usually viewed as the more serious of the two.
In order to secure a conviction, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that injury or damage was caused as a result of the accident. If you would like to challenge this offence at Court, or before it reaches Court, we highly recommend that you speak to one of our solicitors and we are here to assist you.
Sentencing Guidelines for Failing to Stop
Maximum Sentence: Level 5 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment
The court must endorse your driving licence with penalty points and may disqualify you from driving. If no disqualification, then the court can impose between 5–10 penalty points.