Have you been caught, arrested, charged, summonsed or handed a penalty notice for a motoring offence?
Motoring Offences Pricing
Our fees for dealing with summary only motoring offences vary depending on the type of offence, whether the plea is guilty or not guilty and the individual circumstances of your case.
Summary Only Motoring Offences
A summary only motoring offence can usually be dealt with at a single hearing in the Magistrates Court. Summary offences include:
- Driving while disqualified
- Driving without insurance
- Careless driving
- Failure to stop, report or exchange details after an accident
- Failure to provide driver ID when requested
- Failure to provide insurance details
- Using a mobile phone while driving
- Driving over the allowable limit of alcohol or drugs
For summary only motoring offences where a guilty plea is entered we offer a fixed fee of £600 plus VAT.
For a totting up case where exceptional hardship is being argued our fee is £700 plus VAT.
For a drink drive or driving without insurance case where special reasons are being argued to avoid disqualification or penalty points our fee is £900 plus VAT.
If a not guilty plea is entered the case will go to trial. In this case we provide our services on an hourly rate of £250 plus VAT. Depending on the complexity and circumstances of the case the price will vary between £1000 to £3000 plus VAT
Fixed Fee Includes
- Meeting prior to the case at one of our offices or at Court (approx 30 minutes)
- Representation at a single hearing at Magistrates Court (approx 90 minutes)
- Considering evidence
- Taking your instructions
- Providing advice in relation to plea and likely sentence
- Travel and waiting time providing the case takes place within 20 miles of one of our offices.
Fixed Fee Does Not Include
- Instruction of any expert witnesses
- Taking statements from any witnesses
- The costs of an expert report to support the evidence
- Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
- If we do not have a local office within 20 miles of Court we will charge travel and waiting at 45p per mile plus VAT.
Most summary motoring offences are dealt with at the first hearing which will usually take place within a month of the postal notification or date of the charge.
If a not guilty plea is entered the case will be adjourned for trial which will usually take place within 3 months.
Presuming you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing the key stages are as follows.
- Meeting – meet with your solicitor to provide instructions
- Disclosure – consider the initial disclosure and any other prosecution evidence and provide initial advice
- Witnesses – arrange to take any witness statements if necessary (this will be charged at our normal hourly rate)
- Court Procedure – 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.
- Preparation – we will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
- Timing – we cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
- Representation – we will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court.
- Outcome – we will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.
Contact one of our motoring offence solicitors today and give yourself the best chance of staying on the road