Law firm is just the ticket for motorists
A DRIVER caught speeding or clocking up too many points on their licence might not always seem like the most in-depth, controversial case for some law firms.
But husband and wife duo Carl and Joanne Codd have brought a unique service to the region.
Trident Solicitors has been launched in Hull city centre, ready to fight the region's motoring offence cases.
According to Carl, there were 25,000 people in the Humberside Police area caught speeding in the 12 months to March this year.
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About half of them had to appear in court.
Carl said: "We are the first dedicated firm in East Yorkshire to offer this service.
"A lot of people don't realise the options available to them with motoring offences, so they take it on the chin and take the three points.
"Similarly, people who get done after driving with a mobile phone think they don't have a chance, but there have been many successful cases.
"Some people think it is easier to plead guilty, but that's not always the case.
"There is the chance to speak to the experts if they need to and witnesses, too."
Carl has been practising as a solicitor for the past ten years, specialising in criminal law, and also has experience working for the Crown Prosecution Service.
He said: "I've wanted to do this for quite a while and I felt the time was right. My background in criminal law means I can focus on this area.
"I don't think there are many firms in this region that do this kind of work and actually enjoy it.
"I have always liked working on motoring offences and I get enjoyment from the cases because they are so different.
"It is all about knowing what you want to present to the courts in each different case."
The new law firm will help people with various incidents, such as where they may have a viable reason why they committed the offence.
Joanne, who worked at Hull Magistrates' Court for 20 years, said: "For example, if a driver has nine points and go through another speed camera, they are told they will be disqualified. They don't know they may be able to keep their licence."
Carl explained that, for example, if a travelling salesman by trade was caught speeding and their job was dependent on having a driving licence and they lost their job, it could be a special circumstance.
Carl said: "There are various exceptional circumstances people don't always know about, so we can help them."