Copyright (c) 2012 Robert Gray
Motoring offences vary in their severity and, subsequently, in the punishment enforceable by the court if the motorist is found guilty. Motorists often do not realise the wider implications of having their licence taken away, or even of having penalty points endorsed on their licence. Driving offences are, by their very nature, serious offences which are not taken lightly by the court or, indeed, by employers. This article indentifies common motoring offences and their penalties, whether your chances of securing new employment could be affected by having your licence taken away or having points on your licence, and what other areas of your life may be affected if you are found guilty of committing a driving offence.
Common motor offences include speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving whilst using a mobile phone, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, failing to stop and report an accident and contravening traffic signals. These offences carry penalties ranging from an endorsement of points on your licence (for 'minor' offences) to a prison sentence (for much more serious offences).
Many employers insist that you have a 'clean' drivers licence (i.e. no penalty points) if you wish to apply for a position of employment. This does not apply only to driving jobs. You may find therefore that having had your licence taken away by the court, or even having had penalty points endorsed on your licence, the number of jobs you are eligible to apply for are immediately reduced. In addition, if you are already employed in a driving job and drive for a living, if you have your licence taken away (and perhaps even if you have points endorsed on your licence) you are likely to lose your job and therefore your income. Even if you do not lose your job (if you do not drive for a living, for example) because of the driving offence of which you have been convicted, you are likely to have tarnished your reputation from your employer's point of view.
It can be seen therefore, that if you are convicted of a driving offence the consequences can be far-reaching. You may lose your job, which would result in a loss of income, and this in turn could put pressure on your family as a whole and on your relationships. You may also struggle to find new employment until you licence is once again clear, and this can take several years.
If you have been charged with a driving offence you should contact a specialist motor offence lawyer as soon as possible who will be able to advise you on the best course of action in trying to secure as lenient a punishment as possible.
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Article Added on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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