- Road Traffic Offences
- Drink Driving Offences
- Totting Up
- Speeding Offences
- Careless & Dangerous Driving
- Wills & Probate
- Family & Matrimonial Law
- Children’s Law
- Domestic Violence
- Care Proceedings
- Criminal Defence
- Police Station Representation
- Magistrates Court Representation
- Crown Court Advocacy
- Legal Aid
Road Traffic Offences
Our experienced team of solicitors and advocates are skilled in dealing with all areas of road traffic law ensuring that you receive the best possible defence available for the charge you face and the best possible chance of avoiding disqualification.
As we are experienced in dealing with road traffic offences and general criminal defence we are able to advise and represent you either as a publicly funded or private client in relation to all possible motoring charges including:
- Totting Up Disqualification
- Using A Mobile Phone Whilst Driving (and other regulatory offences)
- Drink Driving, Drug Impaired Driving (and being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst affected by drink or drugs)
- Careless driving, driving without reasonable consideration and failing to comply with traffic signs
- Dangerous driving and other serious offences causing death
- Driving whilst disqualified or without insurance, a licence or a MOT
- Offences relating to HGV’s including insecure loads, tachographs and drivers hours
- Application for removal of disqualification
Funding & Legal Costs
We believe that it is important that we agree our costs with you from the outset. If you are eligible for public funding we will complete an application for you. If you are not eligible we will discuss how best to fund your case and the ways in which our fees can be paid.
We believe in providing an initial consultation so that costs can be agreed before you commit yourself to using our services. For more information please telephone us 01332 369090 or complete our online contact form.
Drink Driving Offences in Derby
As a firm, Broadbents Solicitors have been advising and representing clients in relation to drink driving offences before the breathalyser was introduced in 1967. As a result we have lawyers in Derby who are experts in the technicalities of the drink drive law.
In recent years, advances in technology have led to more drivers being charged with driving whilst impaired through drugs and alcohol, and our team are well versed in the technical issues that arise with both of these cases.
A drink driving offence carries a minimum disqualification of 12 months and depending on the breath / alcohol reading, it could be longer. In the most serious cases there is a risk of a prison sentence being imposed. This is why it is important to get expert advice at the earliest possible opportunity.
At Broadbents Solicitors, we have a team of lawyers who specialise in drink driving offences, and with branches in Derby and the surrounding areas you are perfectly situated to utilise the experience of our solicitors. In fact, the legal team at Broadbents Solicitors are extremely skilled in advancing special reasons and developing well-structured arguments to avoid the consequences of a conviction.
Take advice from our specialist team before going to court and telephone us immediately. An initial consultation will be arranged and you will be working alongside John Last, Chris Lacey, Stacey Mighty, Paul McLeod, and Amie Godson who are experts in dealing with drink driving offences in Derby. To speak with one of our experts, telephone us on 01332 369090.
Totting Up in Derby
If you have received a notification regarding a driving offence, you may want to consider obtaining legal advice. After all, it’s important to ensure that any points on your licence are not endorsed, totted up or at the very least kept to a minimum level. Points are taken into consideration for the last three years– so any points you receive now could result in a totting up in Derby and disqualification in the future.
Totting up points on your driving licence can be the result of a variety of offences. The number of points will vary depending upon the seriousness of the allegation, and the individual facts about your case. Here are some examples:
- Speeding: 3-6 penalty points or discretionary disqualification
- Using a mobile phone: 3 penalty points
- Defective vehicle (e.g. a bald tyre): 3 penalty points
- Careless driving: 3-9 penalty points or discretionary disqualification
- Failing to stop after an accident: 5-10 penalty points or discretionary disqualification
- Failing to report an accident: 5-10 penalty points or discretionary disqualification
- Insurance offence: 6-8 penalty points or discretionary disqualification
- Failing to provide driver details: 6 penalty points or discretionary disqualification
- Certain drink driving offences: 10 penalty points if not compulsorily disqualified
Remember if you are a “new driver” ( e.g. you have been driving for less than two year) 6 points can lead to revocation of your licence by the DVLA, which means you will hold a provisional licence and you will have to retake your theory and practical driving test.
However, you may be able to avoid penalty points if you are able to argue “special reasons”. If you reach 12 points on your licence the court have to disqualify you (commonly referred to as Totting Up disqualification), unless you argue exceptional circumstances.
Speeding Offences in Derby
Speeding must be one of the most common of motoring offences. The first notification that may be received will be a section 172 notice requiring the registered keeper to advise the police who was driving when a speed trap was triggered. It is important to get advice early in the process, as a conviction for failing to comply with a 172 notice attracts 6 penalty points.
The penalties that can be imposed for speeding offences in Derby can range from 3-6 points with fines of up to £2500. Disqualification can be imposed where a motorist is 30mph or more over the speed limit. Also if the penalty points being endorsed leads to a motorist having 12 penalty points on a licence in a 3 year period the court will have to disqualify the driver under the “totting up provisions”; unless exceptional circumstances can be put before the court. Our advocates are experienced in representing clients and avoiding disqualification.
It is important to avoid penalty points if at all possible, as they will lead to increased insurance premiums and could lead to the loss of a licence if further driving offences are committed during a three year period. The loss of a driving licence is devastating for many motorists, with many of us relying on our cars to get to and from work, and if driving is a main part of your current position you could even lose your job! Not being able to drive can lead to many personal problems, and at Broadbents Solicitors we will do all we can to try and retain your licence.
If you have been notified of a speeding offence and you live in Derby or the surrounding areas, be sure to get in touch with a member of our experienced team. We have a specialist department which specialises in driving offences, this team includes John Last, Chris Lacey, Stacey Mighty, Paul McLeod, and Amie Godson. Speak with us today regarding your speeding offence in Derby and telephone us on 01332 369090.
Dangerous & Careless Driving
Until recently, careless driving only attracted penalty points. Now a moment’s inattention which results in a fatal incident can lead to a prison sentence. Dangerous driving has always been a serious criminal offence, more so if fatal consequences follow. It is important to have expert help, advice and assistance at the earliest possible stage in any police investigation as they are often complex and carried out by a specialist unit.
The difference between being convicted of careless driving or dangerous driving is often very technical. A conviction for dangerous driving not only carries the risk of imprisonment but also compulsory disqualification and the need to take a retest. As careless driving carries between 3 and 9 penalty points it is important that your case is properly presented so that the court impose the least possible number of points. A conviction for either offence will lead to increased insurance premiums.
We have an experienced legal team who specialise in careless and dangerous driving offences, and with this in mind we are confident in our ability to represent you. Telephone us today on 01332 369090 and speak with John Last, Chris Lacey, Amie Godson, Paul McLeod, and Stacey Mighty.
Wills in Heanor & Derby
We understand that writing a will is not necessarily a pleasant thing to do, but it is a very important one. National statistics show that a third of people die without making a will, and this can cause numerous problems for the loved ones who are left behind. It also means that the deceased cannot guarantee that any assets left behind will be shared out as he or she had intended.
At Broadbents Solicitors we pride ourselves on being experts on writing wills in Heanor that take into account the sensitive nature of the process. Paul James who will personally deal with your matter has over 25 years’ experience in this field.
With this in mind, you can be confident that we will be able to assist you during every step of the process, and once everything is complete you will be confident that your final wishes will be taken into consideration and that your family and friends will receive any possessions that you may leave behind.
If by the deceased’s will you have been appointed an executor or in the event that the deceased has left no will and you are entitled to apply to the court for the authority to act in the administration of the estate, you may feel overwhelmed. At Broadbents Solicitors we have been assisting clients in Heanor and Derby with probate services since the firm was initially formed; and Paul James who will act for you has over 25 years’ experience, ensuring you receive the best possible advice available.
He will alleviate any concerns or worries which you may have, and ensure that the estate is administered as quickly as possible; this will ensure that the beneficiaries will receive their inheritance as soon as possible.
Compared with banks who also offer will writing services in Derby, you will find our fee highly competitive. For more information regarding will writing services in Derby and probate please telephone Paul James on 01332 369090 or complete the online contact form beginning your enquiry below.
Established Family Solicitors in Derby
At Broadbents Solicitors we understand the role that a trusted solicitor needs to play, helping to resolve issues surrounding separation, child contact and residence issues. It’s precisely for this reason why we have a dedicated team of family solicitors in Heanor who specialise in all aspects of family law, providing professional advice, guidance and on-going support to many families across Derby and the surrounding areas.
Our main objective is to help you with any family or matrimonial problems, and provide legal support to ensure that the process is as stress-free as possible.
Heanor's Leading Experts in Family Law
Our family solicitor is a member of Resolution, a nationwide family law organisation which encourages the resolution of disputes in a constructive, amicable and non-confrontational environment. With this said, we are experts in all sectors of family law which include the following:
- Marriage, Co-Habitation Breakdown & Divorce
- Child Contact
- Residence Issues
- Domestic Violence
We understand the sensitivity of your case, which is why we provide an approachable, professional and supportive service which is tailored to your needs.
Legal aid is no longer available in most family law matters. However there are a limited number of situations where you may qualify:
- Are Social Services involved with your children and talking of issuing care proceedings?
- Are you seeking advice in relation to domestic violence?
- Are you willing to resolve your case through mediation?
- Are you a victim of domestic violence?
Divorce in Heanor & Derby
At Broadbents Solicitors we appreciate that when a relationship breaks down, stress levels are naturally high, which is why our knowledgeable team of family lawyers are experienced in all aspects of divorce law to ensure you receive support, honest advice and guidance.
We believe that expert advice should be available to everyone who needs it, and at a reasonable rate. With this in mind, we offer fixed fees for an initial advisory meeting or for acting in divorce law proceedings in Derby, whether as a petitioner or a respondent. For a one-off meeting to discuss your personal position and to assess the various options open to you, we charge a fixed fee of £100 plus VAT and we will provide written confirmation of the advice suggested.
To enable us to offer this divorce service the fee needs to be paid in advance or at the meeting.
Our Divorce Services & Rates
Our fixed fee for acting for a petitioner in divorce is £400 plus VAT and court fees (total of £890).
- Attending & Advising You
- Preparation & Filing of Petition
- All Necessary Steps to Progress a Non-Contested Divorce to Decree Absolute
Our fee is conditional upon completion and return of our initial instruction sheet which we will send to you once we have agreed our retainer. It is a condition of our fixed fee service that an initial payment on account is made of £200 with the balance payable in two instalments, £410 prior to commencement of proceedings and £280 on issue of a decree nisi.
If you are a respondent our fixed fee is £150 plus vat.
Our fixed fees do not include:
- Any negotiations in relation to the grounds for the divorce
- Any attendance at court (not normally required in the event of an agreed divorce)
- Any advice and assistance relating to other aspects of the separation, including children and financial matters
- If a petitioner obtaining a copy of the marriage certificate (the original certificate or a certified copy is required to be filed with the court on commencement of the proceedings)
- If a petitioner, any action required to progress the divorce in the event of it becoming defended, or the respondent failing to sign and return an acknowledgement of service form
- If a petitioner, any assistance in relation to pursuing a claim for the costs against the respondent
- If a respondent, any work necessary to obtain a decree absolute on your behalf in the event of the petitioner failing to apply for it
Any work additional to that included in our fixed fee can either be done for an agreed amount or on the basis of agreed hourly rates.
Children’s Law in Derby
When a relationship breaks down and parents separate, it is often the children who get caught in the middle; and as a parent it’s only natural that you want to safeguard the future care which your child receives.
At Broadbents Solicitors we are experts in children’s law and with years of experience we recognise that it is the welfare of your children that is of the upmost importance to any parent. With this in mind, you can expect to receive the very best advice and support regarding children’s law in Derby, to ensure that you are supported throughout this difficult period.
Child law is very complex, however in certain circumstances legal aid is still available for child contact issues. Do you believe that your children are at risk of harm from your former partner? If your case fits within the government criteria, legal aid can be granted to you provided you are able to produce evidence of the risk of harm. This must be one of the following:
- That the other party to the case has a relevant unspent conviction for a child abuse offence./li>
- That the other party has a relevant police caution for a child abuse offence given within the 24 months immediately prior to your application for civil legal services.
- That there are relevant criminal proceedings for a child abuse offence against the other party which have not concluded.
- That there is a relevant protective injunction in force or which was granted in the 24 months immediately preceding your application for civil legal services.
- That there is a relevant “finding of fact” of abuse of a child by the other party within proceedings in the UK in the 24 months immediately prior to your application for civil legal services
- A letter from social services confirming that in the last 24 months the child or children were assessed as being, or at risk of being a victim of child abuse by the other party ( or a copy of the assessment)
- A letter from social services confirming that within the last 24 months a child protection plan was put in place to protect the child or children from abuse or a risk of abuse from the other party (or a copy of that plan)
- An outstanding application, not determined by the court at the date of the application for civil legal services, for a protective injunction made within an application for a prohibited steps order against the other party.
If you wish to receive assistance under this category you will need to be in a position to produce the evidence. Legal aid is not available to cover the cost of obtaining the evidence.
If you are not eligible for legal aid we can still help you either by agreeing a fixed fee for assisting you in relation to an uncontested application for residence or contact, or by agreeing a fee structure which will enable you to have the reassurance of being represented by an experienced family solicitor who is knowledgeable of all areas surrounding children’s law in Derby. For more information regarding child law and the services we offer throughout Derby, please speak with Peter Rusbridge 01623 441123 and telephone us on 01332 369090
Domestic Violence in Derby
If you are a victim of domestic violence and you currently live in Derby or the nearby areas you do not have to suffer in silence. We at Broadbents Solicitors can help you apply for a restraining order. If you have suffered physical violence, threats of violence, emotional, financial, psychological or sexual violence you are likely to be within scope of legal aid depending on your means to obtain a restraining order.
If you can provide evidence that you have been a victim of domestic violence within the last two years, you may be entitled to legal aid which would cover all aspects of your case – including arrangements for any children and any financial issues.
Current regulations set out by the government provide an outline of what constitutes as evidence of domestic violence. This has been summarised in the following:
- A letter from your GP or other health professional, confirming they have examined you within the last two years and they are satisfied you had injuries or a condition consistent with domestic violence and that they have no reason to believe these were not caused by domestic violence.
- The other party has a relevant unspent conviction for a domestic violence offence.
- The other party has a police caution for a relevant domestic violence offence.
- There are ongoing criminal proceedings against the other party for a domestic violence offence.
- A restraining order against the other party protecting you is in place, or has been granted in the last 2 years but has now expired.
- An undertaking given by the other party in relation to an application for a restraining order, provided that you have not given a similar undertaking.
- A letter from the chairman of a MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) confirming you were referred as a high risk victim of domestic violence and a plan has been put in place to protect you.
- A letter from social services confirming that within the last 2 years you were assessed as being , or at risk of being, a victim of domestic violence.
- A letter or report from a domestic violence support organisation (in the UK) confirming you had been admitted to a refuge for victims of domestic violence. The letter needs to confirm the reasons you were admitted and the dates you entered and, if applicable, left the refuge.
- A copy of a ‘finding of fact’ made in proceedings in the UK that there has been domestic violence by your partner giving risk or harm to you.
If you wish to receive assistance under this category you will need to be in a position to produce the evidence at your initial meeting. Legal aid does not cover the cost of obtaining the information. If you are not eligible for legal aid because of your income of capital, we will discuss private funding arrangements with you.
Few things are as terrifying for a parent as the involvement of social services, who are making allegations as to the care of, neglect of or unexplained injuries to their children. What are your rights? What are the procedures? Is the local authority dealing with matters properly? Can they remove your children from their home?
You need quality advice regarding care proceedings now, not tomorrow, and at Broadbents Solicitors we have a specialist team of solicitors who specialise in care proceedings and they are ready to help. We have solicitor advocates on hand who are highly experiences in care proceedings- and they are ready to provide the support and answers that you need. We have offices throughout Derby and the surrounding regions which enable us to offer appointments and legal advice on care proceedings in Derby. We are available 24/7 to offer quality advice.
If you are a grandparent or family member and you’ve recently discovered that the social services are involved with your family, we may be able to offer you advice also.
If you are a parent and social services have either started court proceedings or indicated that they are thinking of doing so, you will qualify for free legal aid. If on the other hand you are not a parent you may be eligible. We will assist in completing your application. If you do not qualify for legal aid we will discuss with you the private funding of your case.
For more details on care proceedings in Derby or to speak with Kathryn Richardson, Oliver Parr, Quentin Robbins, Angela Baldwin, or Rebecca Last please telephone us today on 01332 369090 or complete the online contact form beginning below and we will be in touch shortly.
Criminal Lawyer in Derby & Heanor
Over the years we at Broadbents Solicitors have built up an excellent reputation as a law firm which is passionate about its clients and their needs; and should you find yourself in a position where you need advice from a criminal lawyer, be sure to make Broadbents Solicitors your first choice. When you choose Broadbents Solicitors you can be confident that you will receive the best possible advice and your case will be given the attention it deserves.
Our team of solicitors have a wealth of experience and the specialist knowledge to handle any of your legal concerns; which is why we have an impressive portfolio of successful cases. Furthermore, our criminal solicitors will be open and honest with you throughout the whole process, and you can trust us to help make your experience as straight forward and more importantly, as quick and efficient as possible.
Experts in Criminal Law
At Broadbents Solicitors in Heanor we have a team of solicitors who specialise in all aspects of criminal law. Plus, where public funding is available we will complete an application for you, and when it is not available we believe you will find our costs to be reasonable and competitive. We provide expert representation for all types of criminal cases including:
- Violent Offences
- Fraud and Dishonesty
- Sexual Offences including Rape
- Drugs Offences including Conspiracy to Supply
- Road Traffic Offences
We offer 24 hour police station representation. Our pager service means that our team of experts are contactable at all times on 07623 974637.
Our Criminal Team
Police Station Representation in Derby
If you are arrested it is vital that you receive the best possible legal advice. At Broadbents Solicitors we have years of experience in police station representation, and we firmly believe that criminal cases are often won or lost by decisions made in the police station, even decisions which are based on whether to charge or not can be influenced by what is said or not said. With this in mind, don’t listen to the police if they try and persuade you not to have legal representation, because what you may not realise is that is your legal right to be represented and it is FREE.
Since the implementation of the right to legal advice in January 1985, we at Broadbents Solicitors have been providing police station representation throughout Derby, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If we attend, the police have to disclose information to us before any interview and we are able to discuss that information and advise you before you are interviewed. If you are interviewed without legal advice, you won’t be aware of the evidence the police have (or often don’t have) against you.
If you have been interviewed without a solicitor and bailed to return to the police station it might not be too late to rectify any errors. Even if you have been interviewed without police station representation in Derby you may be able to instruct us to represent you.
If you are arrested and taken to a police station you must be told of your right to FREE and independent legal advice. The police sometimes imply that free legal advice is only given by the on call duty solicitor. This is WRONG. All advice and assistance in a police station is FREE.