Motoring Offences and Fees
Motoring law is increasingly complex, and difficult to navigate. Many driving offences carry significant penalties, including imprisonment. It is essential to have legal advice from the outset. This can include for the initial interview with the Police, or from the point of receiving a Notice of Intended Prosecution or Summons to attend Court.
Notwithstanding the worry of a conviction and sentence for the more serious offences, even the less serious matters can have a devastating impact on clients’ lives. For many people the loss of a driving licence will have far reaching consequences. Our highly experienced team can help guide you though the law, and procedure. If you have been charged, summonsed or requisitioned to attend Court for a motoring offence such as Driving without Due Care and Attention, Speeding, Driving whilst under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs, it is vital that you seek legal representation.
We can advise you in relation to the procedures the Police should have followed, the strengths and weaknesses of the Prosecution Case, the Court procedure, and the likely outcome. We can attend Court with you, and in some circumstances on your behalf. We will be able to advise you on all aspects of your case, and together with you decide on the best course of action.
In some circumstances Legal Aid will be available. Our team will advise you on this at the outset of your matter, and if you are likely to be eligible we will lodge an application on your behalf. If Legal Aid is not available, we can assist you on a Private Client basis. Each case is different; however as a guideline our charges are set out below.
Our highly qualified Solicitors and Representatives have many years of experience representing clients facing Motoring offences. We invite you to browse their profiles on our website to see their qualifications and experience.
Our solicitors all have significant experience, and charge an hourly rate of £205 plus VAT per hour. Work is charged on an hourly basis throughout your matter, with a costs estimate provided in writing at the outset and updated as your matter progresses. The complexity and time involved with your matter will determine the overall cost.
In some straightforward matters we are able to offer a fixed fee. Please call to speak to one of our team to discuss whether this is something we can offer in your case.
As a guide for an initial interview of up to one hour to understand your particular matter and discuss what the issues are the fixed fee is £150 plus VAT. At this point we can give you a quote to represent you in Court and to undertake any further work on your behalf.
If we represent you in our local Courts (Great Yarmouth or Norwich) our fixed fees for straightforward motoring matters are as follows:-
- Single hearing Guilty plea and mitigation £300 plus VAT
- Single hearing Guilty plea and exceptional hardship argument £750 plus VAT
- Not guilty plea and subsequent trial lasting half a day £1,250 plus VAT
- Not guilty plea, and subsequent trial lasting a full day £2,000 plus VAT
If you wish us to represent you further afield, we will be more than happy to do so and can always provide you with a quote beforehand. We can assure you that you will know how much it will cost before we go ahead.
In some circumstances we may be able to reclaim some of your costs, under what is called a Defendants Costs Order.
We realise that this may be the first time you have been asked to attend Court. It can be a nerve wracking, daunting and frightening experience with potential devastating consequences. We have many years of experience of dealing with such matters and can quickly help put things in perspective and set out the best course of action. We know not only what to say in Court but also, and perhaps more importantly, what not to say.
Should you wish to discuss your matter, please do not hesitate to call or email one of our team, who will be happy to assist.