Court of Appeal victory sees reduction in Sentence in Dangerous Driving case
Mr TP pleaded guilty to an offence of Dangerous Driving contrary to section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988; he was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court and as part of his sentence had been disqualified from driving for a period of 36 months. The minimum period of disqualification for this offence is 12 months and TP felt that this part of his sentence was excessive. He instructed Quentin Hunt on a Direct Public Access basis to lodge and argue an appeal on his behalf.
Quentin took instructions from TP and made written submissions to the Court of Appeal that the length of the driving disqualification was manifestly excessive. Quentin argued that the length of the driving ban would have a negative effect upon his client’s prospects of rehabilitation and that the relative youth of his client meant that the lack of a driving licence would damage his employment prospects, amongst other submissions.
A written skeleton argument and grounds of appeal were submitted to the Court of Appeal; such was the strength of Quentin’s submissions that leave to appeal was granted administratively. Quentin appeared on TP’s behalf before the full Court of Appeal where he argued TP’s case. In their ruling, the Court of Appel agreed with Quentin’s submissions and granted the Appeal. The Court reduced the length of TP’s disqualification by half- from 36 months to 18 months. Quentin’s client was delighted that he would be back on the road a lot earlier than he had anticipated.
Quentin Hunt is a specialist Road Traffic and Appeals Barrister who accepts instructions both through Solicitors and directly from members of the public. If you have a Road Traffic or appeal case that you feel needs expert attention from an experienced and dedicated Criminal Barrister then you may contact Quentin for a free, no obligation conversation about your case.