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The practical and legal consequences of losing a driving licence are significant. LA’s team of driving offence solicitors is well practised in advising clients about the particular circumstances which may affect or help them when faced with a prosecution for a road traffic offence. This may include fending off a conviction altogether, or to mitigate the effects of it (including where there are special reasons why disqualification should not be imposed, or where there may be exceptional hardship case).

We aim to keep cost information predictable, affordable and clear, as we explain below.  Because every case is different, please email us or telephone us on (01202) 786161 and tell us about your circumstances.  We will then be able to provide you with a fixed fee or estimate.

Motoring offence solicitor fees

Being charged with any offence can be a scary, embarrassing or bewildering experience. Even the simplest matter can be the cause of many a sleepless night. Often, this may be because you are wholly unfamiliar with the court process. It may well be that much of these stresses can be reduced through the provision of early legal advice from a friendly face who can talk you though the process and help put together a plan of action.

Although in road traffic cases not every client wants it, our team is happy to offer an initial fixed fee meeting, at which we can provide you with as much insight into the whole process as possible. These meetings are offered at the fixed rate of £100 (plus VAT) for up to an hour.

Fixed Fees – guilty pleas in cases dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court

The following pricing is in relation to typical motoring offences which can be disposed of at a single hearing in the Magistrates’ Court where you intend to enter a guilty plea (i.e. you admit that you are at fault).  These types of offences include:

  • Speeding offences
  • Driving with excess drink or drugs
  • Careless driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • Driving without an appropriate licence or insurance
  • Safety offences: seat belts, tyres, brakes, etc.
  • Failure to stop at traffic lights or to adhere to signs, etc.
  • Failing to supply information

Fees:

Fixed fees of between £500 – £750 plus VAT, plus travel expenses

(Travel expenses range from £10 – £75 plus VAT depending upon location)

This price includes:

  • Consideration of all evidence.
  • Providing advice to you in relation to a plea and likely sentence, including issues in relation to “totting” of points.
  • If the likely sentence cannot be anticipated, advice will be given on the options available to the court in relation to sentencing.
  • Where appropriate, advice on advancing exceptional hardship or special reasons arguments.
  • Attendance at court on the day of the hearing to meet with you and to represent you at the hearing.

This price does not include:

  • Instructing an expert witness.
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.
  • Travelling time and expenses to / from a court located more than one hour from our Bournemouth office. If you need us to travel further afield, we will agree the additional costs with you.

Other cases – not guilty pleas or cases dealt with in the Crown Court

The following pricing relates to cases which do not fall within the above, whether because the case may need to be dealt with in the Crown Court, or because you do not admit the offence and wish to enter a not guilty plea.

Examples of cases likely to be dealt with in the Crown Court are:

  • Death by dangerous or careless driving
  • Causing serious injury by dangerous or careless driving

Fees:

Our charges will depend on the nature and complexity of the case.

We are willing to consider agreeing fixed fees, including in contested cases dealt with by the Magistrates’ Court.  These typically range from £1,500 – £5,000 plus VAT per case, plus travel expenses.

Otherwise, we will charge at hourly rates and will provide you with estimates of costs at the start of the case and as it progresses.

(Travel expenses range from £10 – £75 plus VAT per court attendance depending upon location)

This price includes:

  • Consideration of all evidence.
  • Providing advice in relation to a plea and likely sentence, including issues in relation to “totting” of points.
  • If the likely sentence cannot be anticipated, advice will be given on the options available to the court in relation to sentencing.
  • Attendance at court on the day of the first hearing to meet with you and to represent you at the hearing.
  • Preparation for any trial, including taking statements from witnesses and meeting with you.
  • Where appropriate, advising on advancing exceptional hardship or special reasons arguments.
  • We will attend court with you at the second hearing, whether for trial or sentence.
  • Providing price information on any additional services, for example advising on an appeal or sourcing expert witnesses.

This price does not include:

  • Instructing an expert witness.
  • Counsel’s fees.
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.
  • Travelling time and expenses to/from a court located more than one hour from our Bournemouth office. If you need us to travel further afield, we will agree the additional costs with you.

Why choose us?

Our team includes solicitors and a barrister with many years of experience in criminal litigation. That means that we are able to provide you with representation at every stage of criminal proceedings and in every court in the land.  However, we also enjoy excellent working relationships with a number of leading barristers’ chambers and are able to enlist the help of exceptional counsel of all different levels of experience to include the most heavyweight of Queen’s Counsel.

Although our fixed fees do not include experts’ fees or advice about appeals, we have considerable experience of obtaining expert evidence and advising on appeals where it is needed.  If we think that that is something which you need, we will discuss that with you and agree the costs with you.

How long it takes

Timescales are dependent upon when the court lists the hearing(s) and any timetable which it may set down.

Accreditations

Qualified Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor.

Included in the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates (formerly known as the Attorney-General’s list).

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