Thank you for looking at our services for Motoring Offences. Motoring offences can happen to any individual and the penalties can be serious, with potential outcomes including fines, disqualification or in some cases imprisonment.
If you have been charged with a motoring offence, such as speeding, driving without due care and attention or driving whilst under the influence, you will require professional legal advice to help limit any possible consequences.
We have an experienced team who can assist you at what is likely to be a stressful time for you and your family. We will provide advice on what happens next and represent you at each stage of the process.
You will have the confidence that you are our priority, with our aim being that any member of the team is available to speak with you when you need some clarity and certainty at any stage leading up to, during and after your hearing.
We are proud to hold Lexcel and Criminal Litigation Accreditations, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.
Our fees for dealing with motoring offences can vary depending on whether the plea is Guilty or Not Guilty and the number of hearings involved. We will need to obtain all the facts and details of your personal circumstances and will liaise with the Court and the CPS in advance and on the day of any hearing.
Our fees will typically include:
- Considering evidence
- Providing advice in relation to the plea and likely sentence
- Options available in the event that we cannot advise of the likely sentence, i.e. what options the court may consider when sentencing
- Discussing with you where there may be exceptional circumstances, or a special reasons argument should be made to the court
- Representation at a single hearing
We offer an initial meeting to discuss your motoring offence matter for up to an hour for a fixed fee of £125 (plus VAT). Thereafter, should you choose to proceed with our instruction, then the following rates of fees will apply:-
There may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees involved in your case. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:
- Instruction of any expert witnesses
- Taking statements from any witnesses
- Providing advice and assistance in in relation to any special reasons hearing
- Providing advice or assistance on appeal
Upon prosecution for a standard motoring offence (e.g. speeding etc.) matter of driving at excess speed –
1.Initial advice as to plea - £250 + VAT
2.Attendance at Court for a guilty plea - £600 + VAT
3.If a not guilty plea attendance and Case Management - £400 + VAT
4.Pre-trial steps - £500 + VAT
5.Attendance at trial - £750 + VAT
Totalling for this example - £2,500 plus VAT
(NB:- Upon a successful defence the Court may award costs under a Defendants’ Costs Order but this only permits recovery at the prescribed legal aid rates).
Timescales of when your hearing will take place as this will depend on the court fixtures and court listing for any particular day. The likely period in the above example where a trial occurs would be 4 – 6 months from the first meeting. We will make every effort to keep you up-to-date on any issues affecting the time it will take to deal with your case.
There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:
- Meeting with your Solicitor to provide instructions
- Disclosure – where we will consider the initial disclosure provided, with any evidence and provide advice on that basis
- Where necessary, we will arrange to take witness statements
- We will go through the court process with you, so you are fully aware of what to expect on the day or your hearing
- We will discuss the sentencing options available to the court
- We will undertake necessary preparatory work and obtain your instructions
- We will attend court on the day and meet you before being called to be before the court.
- We will discuss the outcome of the court hearing with you, next steps and any additional costs.