Representation on road traffic and motoring offences for cases only heard in the Magistrates’ court. This includes:
- drink driving
- driving while disqualified
- driving without insurance
- careless and inconsiderate driving
- driving, or being in a charge of, a motor vehicle with concentrations of specified controlled drugs in excess of specified levels
- failing to give information as to the identity of the driver
- failing to stop or report, and
- taking a vehicle without consent (TWOC)
Legal aid is available for some cases depending on the nature of the offence and your means. We will investigate this on your behalf in the first instance.
Where no legal aid is available to you we offer a private paying service. The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one hearing where you plead guilty at the Magistrates’ court to an offence, the costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple hearings or the matter proceeds to trial for a more serious offence with expert witnesses then the costs will be at the higher end.
We anticipate that most motoring offence cases will take between 3 to 50 hours of work at £228 per hour inclusive of VAT. Total costs estimated at £684 - £11,400.
Disbursements may also be added to this fee depending on the offence and circumstances of your case, these may include:-
- Forensic analysis of samples e.g. blood, urine etc
- Accident reconstruction
- Cell site analysis of mobile phones
- Mechanical analysis of vehicles
- Barristers fees for complicated contested trials
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. The costs are agreed with the experts in the first instance with your agreement. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process but these will need to be paid upfront by you.
Potential additional costs
There are mandatory prosecution contributory costs if you plead guilty to an offence or are convicted after a trial - these costs vary depending on the offence. We will tell you what those costs are when you instruct us.
How long will this take?
On average, cases that fall within this range are dealt with within 2 – 6 months.
As part of our fees we will:
- Provide you with a dedicated and experienced team of criminal solicitors and legal advisors to work on your matter;
- Identify the potential defences to your matter;
- Consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice;
- Arrange to take any witness statements if necessary;
- Instruct the appropriate experts if necessary to your case;
- Prepare your case for trial/hearing;
- Brief your barrister - if relevant;
- Represent you at court;
- We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court;
- We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have;
- We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost beyond the estimate given above.