‘Mr Loophole’ says policy ‘doomed from start’
A TOP celebrity lawyer has slammed Derbyshire police’s decision to name drivers charged with drink-driving on social media.
Nick Freeman, a defence lawyer who specialises in traffic and speeding offences, is famous for representing excricketer Andrew Flintoff and comedian Jimmy Carr.
Dubbed ‘Mr Loophole,’ he manages to get his clients out of trouble and recently hit headlines after he helped David Beckham avoid a speeding conviction in 2018.
Derbyshire Police recently dropped its decision to name drivers charged with drink driving in December after it received a complaint and, according to Mr Freeman, it was doomed from the start.
He claimed: “It was definitely flawed as it goes against all the presumption of innocence. Everyone is innocent before proven or pleading guilty. This has always been the case.
“What I believe police should have done is waited and then published a list of people who were convicted throughout December and not name them before appearing in court.
“It’s totally wrong; I believe that anyone who has been named and not yet been convicted should either seek legal advice or write to the police for an apology. Anyone who wishes to put their hands up and plead guilty then fine but just because you have been charged does not mean you are guilty.
“I can understand what the police were trying to do but you would think they would have looked at other forces and avoided it.
“We should be encouraging people not to drink and drive instead of pointing them out on the internet”.
The campaign, which appeared to have overwhelming public support, has led to a number of people complaining about the decision to scrap naming charged drivers.
Only five people were named on Derbyshire Constabulary’s Twitter account. The tweet still remains on its profile.
Derbyshire police said it would not comment on Mr Freeman’s allegations.