I always check to see if there is a technical defence but if one is not available then my job is to persuade the Court to disqualify for the shortest period possible and, hopefully, deal with the matter by way of a fine and not custody or a community service order. With drink driving I can usually persuade the Court to offer a course so that the ban is reduced by 25%. What I do not do is persuade clients to go to trial when there is virtually no prospect of success meaning that not only does the client lose the fee paid to me, but also incurs a bigger fine, as well as having to pay hundreds of pounds of Prosecution costs. On top of that, the Court may well be inclined to impose a longer ban and disinclined to reduce that ban by offering the drink drive course. Clients should beware of lawyers that take thousands of pounds from them with the promise of saving their driving licence because if their defence fails (which is often likely to be the case) they end up a lot worse off – that will not happen with me – I give honest/realistic advice but if I genuinely think there is a realistic prospect of defending the charge then I will do my level best to win the case. Having had over 20 years’ experience as a Prosecutor, I am aware of what defences are likely to succeed.
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I hired Ann a few months ago when i received a speeding ticket which put me at risk of losing my license. Ann was professional, caring , and absolutely methodical in breaking down my case for exceptional hardship. We won the case by following Ann's;s lead . i recommend her to anyone . She is a great barrister as well as a lovely person!!!!
We were very pleased with Ann. Great communication and a safe, reliable pair of hands, even under pressure.
I couldn't recommend Ann to anyone more. I truly feel as though having Ann take on my university appeal case was a blessing, and couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Not only was she empathetic and understanding towards my situation, but her work was second to none, with so much in depth knowledge, organisation and commitment to my case. A million thanks simply wouldn't be enough, and I wish her the absolute best.
Ann successfully represented me in court, today. The case itself had been postponed 3 times, across 8 months, due to Covid, and despite it being disjointed, and ongoing, Ann has remained true to our initial agreement, been calm and clear throughout, and defended my case in an extremely compelling way today. I felt, throughout, that I had someone kind, but also tenacious, in my corner. I'm extremely pleased with the outcome, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ann to others.
Ann Crighton is Amazing! My partner was summoned to court with driving without due care and attention. We spoke to Ann and straight away she agreed to help us with our plea of not guilt. She organised for us to meet her in person, helped us with understanding paperwork and how the whole process worked as we didn't have a clue. We went to court yesterday and she absolutely smashed it! My partner was found not guilty. The cost was also the best we could find. No hidden fees! Thanks so much Ann for all your help and brilliant result. Kelly and Ashley