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Motoring offences – Our Fees

Because every case is different, please e-mail us or telephone us on 01202786161 and tell us about your circumstances.  We will then be able to provide you with a fixed fee or estimate.

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.

Timescales

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

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