Specialist Motoring Law Solicitor, DBS Lawyer and Regulatory Lawyer
Ruth Peters joined Olliers Solicitors in 2005, qualifying as a solicitor in 2007 and since that time Ruth has gained extensive experience within all areas of criminal law.
Ruth now deals in motoring law with a particular specialism in defending offences of drink driving and drug driving.
Ruth regularly appears in courts nationwide helping clients navigate the often-intimidating court process. Ruth frequently represents clients at risk of disqualification under the totting up procedure and has an outstanding success rate meaning that the vast majority of her clients walk away from court with their licence intact. Ruth attributes this success to the extensive preparation undertaken in advance of every court appearance so that she is in a position to evidence all of the client’s particular circumstances.
Specialist Drink Driving Lawyer
Ruth has additionally developed a particular expertise in defending alcohol related allegations. She has a detailed understanding of the various technical defences and legal loopholes available to clients and is able to scrutinise the prosecution evidence to establish exactly which defences are available in individual cases. She has an excellent knowledge of the different types of breathalyser devices used across England and Wales and the procedure and operation of each.
Disclosure & Barring Service Lawyer
Ruth also undertakes Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS work) including:
- Applications for deletion of entries on Police National Computer (PNC) records;
- Applications for deletion of biometric data;
- Representations to the DBS if you have received a ‘Minded to Bar’ Letter; and
- Appealing entries which have been disclosed on an ‘Enhanced DBS’ Check.
- 2019 – Successful application for removal of record of arrest on PNC relating to domestic assault. Confirmation biometric data also automatically deleted.
- 2019 – Successful application for removal of Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) on PNC relating to drunk and disorderly. Confirmation biometric data also automatically deleted.
- 2018 – Successful application for removal of record of arrest on PNC relating to child grooming. Confirmation biometric data also automatically deleted.
- 2018 – Successful application for removal of record of arrest in relation to assault offence. Confirmation biometric data also automatically deleted.
- 2018 – Successful application for removal of record of arrest in relation to theft offence. Confirmation biometric data also automatically deleted.
- 2018 – Successful application for removal of record of arrest in relation to robbery offence. Confirmation biometric data also automatically deleted.
- 2018 – Successful application for removal of record of arrest in relation to indecent images of children. Confirmation biometric data also automatically deleted.
Regulatory Lawyer – GMC/NMC
Ruth also provides professional assistance and representation to those facing proceedings before the GMC or NMC from initial referral to the Interim Order Tribunal to, if necessary, full Fitness to Practice hearings before the MPTS.
Ruth is currently a mentor with the University of Manchester, mentoring a second year law student who aspires to pursue a career in criminal law.
Law Society ‘Use a Solicitor’ Campaign
Ruth is currently one of the faces of the Law Society’s ‘Solicitor. Here to Help’ campaign encouraging member of the public to use solicitors and aiming to break down the perception that solicitors are out of reach for some people.
“I have always felt that the public image of solicitors was that we are unapproachable, intimidating, stuffy and scary, so when I was asked if I would like to support the campaign to change that image I was happy to help.”
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Recent Motoring Cases
- 2019 – R –v– A Snaresbrook Crown Court – successful appeal against driving with due care and attention following a road traffic collision involving an elderly lady and a broken limb.
- 2019 – R –v– H Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court – acquittal of defendant following allegation of using a mobile telephone.
- 2019 – R –v– H Manchester Magistrates’ Court – not guilty verdict in failing to identify driver allegation. Prosecution summonsed the defendant personally being the wrong legal entity.
- 2018 – R –v– G St Albans Magistrates’ Court – acquittal of defendant in drink driving allegation following successful disclosure application.
- 2018 – R –v– J – Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court – prosecution discontinued allegation of dangerous driving following defence submissions.
- 2018 – R –v– S Bromley Magistrate’s Court – acquittal of defendant in drink driving allegation following successful disclosure application.
- 2018 – R –v– W Aylesbury Crown Court – Successful appeal against conviction on drunk in charge allegations. Crown alleged appellant was supervising learner driver and accordingly was ‘in charge’ however no evidence of the same.
- 2018 – R –v– T Chester Crown Court – Successful appeal against conviction on excess alcohol allegation with various anomalies on device logs.
- 2018 – R –v– A Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court – Defendant found not guilty in relation to drunk in charge allegation on basis no likelihood of driving.
- 2018 – R –v– K Hendon Magistrates’ Court – CPS discontinued drink driving case prior to trial following service of defence expert evidence.
- 2018 – R –v– P Brighton Magistrates’ Court – Not Guilty verdict on drink driving case following successful application to exclude evidence in relation to analysis of blood sample.
- 2018 R –v– S Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Prosecution offered no evidence on failure to provide blood sample case (drug driving) after defence expert evidence served.
- 2018 R –v– W High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court – Not Guilty verdict on drug driving case following successful application to exclude evidence in relation to analysis of blood sample
- 2017 R –v– H Runcorn Magistrates Court- Prosecution offered no evidence after lengthy submissions in relation to hearsay evidence.
- 2017 R –v– R Westminster Magistrates Court – Prosecution offered no evidence following successful application to exclude evidence in relation to analysis of blood sample.
- 2017 R –v– P Willesden Magistrates Court- Defendant acquitted following successful disclosure application.
- 2017 R –v– G Milton Keynes Magistrates Court – Prosecution offered no evidence following successful application to exclude crucial evidence.
- 2017 R –v– C Corby Magistrates Court – Defendant acquitted on drink drive matter as a result of highlighting serious flaws in prosecution case.
- 2017 R –v– T Oxford Magistrates Court – Defendant acquitted on failing to provide a specimen allegation following representations regarding disclosure.
- 2017 R –v– C Trafford Magistrates Court – Prosecution ultimately offered no evidence in a drug driving case after successfully opposing an application to vacate on day of trial.
- “Ruth’s guidance and assistance with this case has been invaluable. Her understanding and supportive nature made me feel so comfortable and she was a pleasure to deal with. She offered sincere and sound advice throughout. I am extremely grateful for everything. Thank you.”
- “Ruth was amazing and I simply cannot thank her enough. I was so anxious over the whole situation yet every time I spoke to Ruth she managed to put me at ease. She never made me feel like I was being silly and had so much patience with me. She was fantastic in court and was so much support to me at a very difficult time in my life.”
- “I cannot thank Ruth Peters enough for the unbelievable service and support she has provided me throughout my drink driving offence case. The loss of my licence would have changed my life completely – not in a positive way – I cannot put into words how grateful I am for the not guilty outcome.”
- “Without Ruth’s preparation of my case, knowledge of the law, plus her tenacity, I have no doubt that my trial would have had a completely different outcome.”
- “I just want to again thank Ruth and Olliers for everything, they have been amazing! I would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone in the same situation.”