Our discreet motoring offences team represents clients including professionals, business owners, and military personnel. These include motoring offences such as totting up bans or drink-driving offences; no matter the situation, we handle cases with sensitivity and understanding.
Our motoring offence solicitors have developed a speciality in working on motoring offences and have an excellent track record in helping people who have made driving errors to avoid disqualification and prosecution or minimise their penalty, even if guilty of the offence charged.
Our experience, attention to detail, and knowledge of the law relating to all motoring offences distinguishes us from other firms offering services in this complex field.
If you have been charged with any offence such as:
A mobile phone driving offence
Failing to provide the required information to the police
Having accumulated the maximum points on your licence
Please pick up the phone and speak to us at the earliest opportunity, and we will endeavour to help and put your mind at ease where we can.
Our motoring offence solicitors will first meet with you (which can be in person, over the phone, or via media platform - whichever is your preference) to provide expert advice on a likely outcome and explain the court procedure.
Our fees and service include correspondence with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service. It then progresses to attendance and representation at crown court or the magistrates' court.
This differs from other representation, in which you may only meet your lawyer on the day of your hearing. Our approach ensures we know all about you, your circumstances, and we aim to put your mind at ease before and during a hearing.
Having our involvement from an early stage can also increase the likelihood of the prosecution against you being dropped entirely.
Our rates reflect the quality of our service although they are still highly competitive.
Our motoring offence solicitors are here to represent and look after you, whether you are pleading guilty or not guilty to charges that are being dealt with in the magistrates' court. This can include speeding, driving without insurance, drink-driving and failing to provide information to the police.
Our total fees will depend on whether you are pleading guilty, advancing arguments as to reduce or avoid driving bans, or pleading not guilty.
On average, this type of work takes between one and six hours to complete at an average hourly rate of £265.
This means that on average costs are between £265 and £1,590, plus VAT*. The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances of your case. Such as:
Whether you are also raising legal arguments as to avoid or reduce driving disqualification sentences and fines
Complex evidential or legal issues
*VAT is currently charged at 20%
On average this type of work takes between three and 10 hours to complete at an average hourly rate of £265.
This means that on average costs are between £795 and £2,650, plus VAT*. The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances of your case. Such as:
Complex legal or evidential issues
Length of trial
Number of defence witnesses being called
Expert evidence being needed
*VAT is currently charged at 20%
If your career is on the line or people rely on you to drive, please speak with us and we will do our utmost to help.
Once you reach 12 or more penalty points on your licence over a three-year period, you can face what’s known as a ‘totting up’ disqualification, which usually results in a driving ban of at least six months.
As a starting point, the courts must consider disqualifying you. We can advise on how you may be able to avoid losing your licence and can expertly represent you at court. We regularly appear in the magistrates’ courts, successfully arguing that clients should be able to retain their licences.
In some cases, we can argue ‘exceptional hardship’ because being banned would have a significant detrimental effect on a person’s life. This is particularly important for professionals, business owners, and military personnel. In extreme cases, the court can impose a shorter driving ban or be persuaded to overturn the ban altogether.
Being charged with a driving offence may lead to the courts considering disqualifying you. Disqualification periods can last for years and have a serious impact on your life, your business, and those who rely on you – including family, dependents, and even employees.
We understand that a driving licence can be vital, especially for work or caring for others. Even if you admit to the offence, we may be able to help you or your employees avoid this.
The process of a motoring offence claim depends on whether you have yet received an initial court hearing date or not.
On the assumption that you have already received the initial court date ordinarily:
We will meet with you to advise you on the evidence in the case and the legal position
We will take any necessary witness statements for you, and then liaise with the police and/or Crown Prosecution Service for you if necessary
If you are pleading guilty, then there is usually only one hearing at the magistrate’s court listed in order to enter your plea and to make such representations as to reduce your sentence (including the possibility of avoiding driving bans entirely!)
If you are pleading not guilty, then the initial hearing is ordinarily used to enter your not guilty plea and to set out the next steps prior to a later listed trial date - which usually takes around six months
We can provide you with advice at any stage, even prior to you or your business receiving an initial court hearing date, and including any police station representation. We can then provide the advice throughout the matter, including representing you at hearings or just at certain stages.
Each case (and therefore the procedure in each case) can slightly differ. Please contact us to discuss the likely procedure of your specific case and how we can help you.
You don’t have to instruct a solicitor, however, like anything, it’s best to seek advice from professionals. They could help you keep your driving licence or avoid prison sentences!
This entirely depends on the offence and your circumstances. Generally, cases reach a court hearing within four to six months of the offence.
Examples of colloquial known ‘minor’ motoring offences include low level speeding, failing to prove a valid MOT test or insurance certificate, and driving otherwise in accordance with a correct licence. That being said, Magistrates do take all offences seriously.
Generally you have to be notified within 14 days of a speeding offence.
Submit an enquiry and one of our team of experts will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your needs.
Or call the motoring offence team on 01472 253941
3 years’ experience – 1-year CPS
Following arrest and interview by police, Nichola can advise you (Private paying basis only)