Motoring Case Costs
Motoring Offences Fixed Fees
It is important for you to know in advance the cost to you of our expert representation and what that price includes.
We will always provide you with advice as to your entitlement to legal aid. If this can be granted in the Magistrates’ Court then our advice and representation will be free of charge to you.
Where legal aid is not available we have helped you by setting out the details of the motoring offences fixed fees that we offer to deal with straightforward cases before the Magistrates’ Courts at Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Humberside, Leicestershire, Staffordshire.
We are still able to represent you if your case is being heard at a court other than these. The cost of our representation will be based on these motoring offences fixed fees. The core cost to you will remain the same but an additional fee at an hourly rate will be applied for travel time from our closest office to the court location. In additional a mileage disbursement will be charged for the journey from our office to the court location. We aim to make our specialist motoring law advice and representation available to you at more distant courts.
We cannot provide you with an estimated timescale without knowing more about your individual case but in general terms:
We anticipate that the majority of guilty plea and exceptional hardship matters will conclude on the first hearing.
A contested matter will usually have a timescale of at least 8 weeks and involve a minimum of two hearings.
We will be in a better position to discuss likely timescales once we know more about your case and will happily discuss this with you prior to any fee being agreed.
Each fixed fee set out below is inclusive of VAT and includes preparation for the Magistrates’ Court hearing including advice and collation of evidence, representation at court by one of our specialist solicitors and advice on appeal if that is necessary.
Representation at court upon Guilty plea with sentence at a single hearing
Representation at court upon guilty plea with sentence at a separate hearing
Not guilty plea and half day trial
Not guilty plea and full day trial
Additional day or part day of trial
Exceptional hardship argument to avoid disqualification
Special reasons argument to avoid disqualification
Fees as for trials
Half day – £1080 inclusive
Inclusive Full day – £1500 inclusive
Inclusive Additional day of part day – £480 inclusive
Appeal to the Crown Court Appeal against sentence – £600 inclusive
In addition, some cases will involve additional costs charged by other agencies to assist in the preparation and presentation of your case to the Court. These are known as disbursements. An example may be a ‘back calculation’ report where you are alleging post-driving consumption of alcohol. Such a report would be prepared by a forensic expert at an additional charge. The fee for these reports is not included in the fixed-fees set out above, and there will be an additional cost to you for the preparation of the same. You will be advised as to the cost of any disbursement so that you can then decide whether you wish to incur this charge.
Representation at a court not specified above will incur an additional expense of £24 per hour inclusive travel time. Any mileage to more distant courts will be at the inclusive rate of £0.45 per mile with any additional disbursements such as parking.
Although unlikely, some cases may be particularly complicated and therefore unsuited to a fixed fee approach. We will identify such cases immediately and provide you with separate advice as to the likely cost to conclusion.
The Benefits Of Our Expert Representation For Your Motoring Law Case
Please note that although the rates we charge may seem low, it is by no means a reflection on the quality of service we provide. We aim to provide a high quality service at affordable prices.
Although there may be a temptation to represent yourself, bearing in mind the cost of legal fees, our solicitors are experts in securing the best result for you.
They each have an excellent tactical awareness of how to best put your case before the Magistrates’ Court and will present any argument in a convincing, persuasive and compelling way. They will ensure that any necessary supporting documentation is before the court.
The effect of a conviction and driving ban can acutely effect both your private and work life, so you may wish to think very carefully when choosing whether or not to have legal representation.