Special Reasons Arguments

Special Reasons Arguments

Although many road traffic offences are strict liability and therefore have no defence. There are methods which can be employed to avoid incurring points or losing a licence. The two key concepts to grasp are ‘special reasons’ and ‘exceptional hardship.

When raising the argument of special reasons, a guilty plea to the offence will be entered. It is important to note that a ‘special reasons arguments follows a guilty plea and is not a defence. A separate date will normally be fixed for the hearing of the argument, which takes the form of a ‘mini trial.

Special reasons must have the following elements:

  1. Be a mitigating or extenuating circumstance;
  2. Not amount in law to a defence to the charge;
  3. Be directly connected with the commission of the offence;
  4. Be a circumstance which the court ought

Examples include driving a short distance only and where the defendant is unlikely to come into contact with other road users or present a danger to them, real emergency, and being misled in insurance cases. The onus is on a driver to ensure that he is covered but an honest belief might amount to special reasons. The unintentional commission of the offence, including the ‘spiked drink.’

Contact Us immediately if u wish to plead this mitigation. It is highly important that you are represented by our specialist advocates who are experts in this matter.