The country’s leading traffic lawyer has warned the “Tevez Ruling” could open the floodgate to opportunist motorists looking to wriggle out of community punishments.
Nick Freeman made his comment after a drink driver from Great Manchester used a similar excuse as the former Manchester City striker, who last month was re-sentenced because a move to Italy meant he could not complete his 250 hours of unpaid work.
In this case a 34-year-old from Reddish, near Stockport, swapped a sixth-month community order for a £110 fine so he could live with his parents in Greece.
This was despite the community service order running in conjunction with a drink impairment course to assist the driver with his alcohol addiction.
The Loophole lawyer warned: “The recent Tevez ruling will be viewed by a number of opportunist motorists who aren’t keen to serve out the terms of a community order.
“However, they should be warned that a community order is a high-level sentence and is often used by the court as an alternative to a prison sentence.
“Motorists would be ill advised to try and hoodwink the courts since they would potentially leave themselves open to a period in custody.”
For Further Information, please contact:
Nick Freeman, 0161 236 7007/ 07778 159 882
David Simister, Different PR, on 0845 389 26 26 / 07870 550 760