If you have been charged with a motoring offence, such as speeding, driving without due care and attention, or driving whilst under the influence, you will require professional legal advice to help limit any possible consequences.

We have an experienced team who can assist you at what is likely to be a stressful time for you and your family. We will provide advice on what happens next and represent you at each stage of the process.

You will have the confidence that you are our priority, with our aim being that any member of the team is available to speak with you when you need some clarity and certainty at any stage leading up to, during and after your hearing.

Key Stages

There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances.  They may be as follows:

  • Meeting with your Solicitor to provide instructions
  • Disclosure – where we will consider the initial disclosure provided, with any evidence and provide advice on that basis
  • Where an additional cost has been agreed, we will arrange to take witness statements
  • We will go through the court process with you, so you are fully aware of what to expect on the day or your hearing
  • We will discuss the sentencing options available to the court
  • We will undertake any preparatory work within the time frame of the fixed fee and obtain your instructions
  • We will attend court on the day and meet you before being called to be before the court.  We would allow half a day for this.
  • We will discuss the outcome of the court hearing with you, next steps, and any additional costs.

Timescales

We are not always able to provide timescales of when your hearing will take place as this will depend on the court fixtures and court listing for any particular day.  We will make every effort to keep you up to date on any issues affecting the time it will take to deal with your case.

Qualification and experience of our staff

We have an experienced team who can assist you at what is likely to be a stressful time for you and your family. 

The team is headed by our Criminal law partner with 3 experienced solicitors all of whom have a wealth of experience in Road traffic matters. We have successfully represented clients for over 25 years in both the Crown Court and the Magistrates Courts throughout the North East. 

Pricing

Our fees for dealing with motoring offences can vary depending on whether the plea is Guilty or Not Guilty, and the number of hearings involved.  We will need to obtain all the facts and details of your personal circumstances and will liaise with the Court and the CPS in advance and on the day of any hearing. We may also need to charge for additional travel for courts outside of the Teesside area.

Our fees will typically include:

  • Considering evidence
  • Providing advice in relation to the plea and likely sentence
  • Options available in the event that we cannot advise of the likely sentence, i.e., what options the court may consider when sentencing
  • Discussing with you where there may be exceptional circumstances, or a special reasons argument should be made to the court
  • Representation at a single hearing

We will provide price information on any additional services, such as obtaining witness statements, sourcing expert witnesses, or advising on an appeal as appropriate.

We offer both fixed fees and hourly rates, whereby you will be charged for each hour of work undertaken.

Examples of our fixed fee charges are detailed below. These should be taken as a guide only and we can provide a more accurate quote when you contact us with details of your case.

Criminal Fixed Fee - Guilty Plea

Item

Legal Fee to include: 2 hours attendance, preparation (considering evidence, taking instructions and advising)

Amount

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VAT (20%)

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Subtotal

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Item

Attendance and representation at a single Magistrates Court hearing

Amount

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VAT (20%)

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Subtotal

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Item

Legal Fee total

Amount

350.00

VAT (20%)

70.00

Subtotal

420.00

Criminal Fixed Fee - Not Guilty

Item

Legal Fee to include: 2 hours attendance, preparation (considering evidence, taking instructions and advising)

Amount

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VAT (20%)

.

Subtotal

.

Item

Attendance and representation at a single Magistrates Court hearing

Amount

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VAT (20%)

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Subtotal

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Item

Legal Fee total

Amount

£750

VAT (20%)

£150

Subtotal

£900

Exclusions

Our fees are fixed and include the items detailed above, however, there may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees involved in your case. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.

Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:

  • Instruction of any expert witnesses
  • Taking statements from any witnesses
  • Providing advice and assistance in in relation to any special reasons hearing
  • Providing advice or assistance on appeal
  • Travel to any court outside of Teesside