We understand just how important a driving license can be to our clients; whether they drive for a living or cannot get to work even to start the day without recourse to their own transport, to those who’s family responsibilities could not be fulfilled in any other way. It would be lovely to say that we could all rely upon public transport but sadly that often is just not the case.
The modern motorist faces busier roads and a multitude of distractions. Fixed and mobile cameras are there to detect the smallest error and do not have the discretion that an officer might be able to exercise. It can be all to easy to pick up penalty points, which in turn can soon add up to either a licence revocation for new drivers or eventually to a disqualification for any driver.
Our experienced team will be able to advise you no matter what difficulties you face. You will receive prompt and effective advice to be able to best deal with the allegation. The court often has a discretion as to how many points to endorse or for how long a period of disqualification must run, and in some circumstances can be persuaded not to endorse points or disqualify. We will be able to tell you whether you have an arguable case in an area where the law can be complex and highly technical.
We work with expert witnesses who are able to challenge the prosecution view of the evidence and so present your side of the story. We understand that not every accident has to be the fault of a driver.
We will discuss fees with you at or before the initial consultation. When we know enough about your case we will be able to give you either a estimate as to fees or if appropriate offer a fixed fee for the whole case.
If you are to appear for a summary only matter under part 1 of the Road Traffic offenders act 1988 or with a speeding matter and the case will be dealt with on a single hearing we will carry out the work listed below for a fixed fee of £700 if the court time is up to 1/2 a day and £950 for any hearing taking more than 1/2 a day and not more than one day.
2 hours attendance/preparation:
-taking your instructions
-providing advice on likely sentence
Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court
The fee does not include:
-instruction of any expert witnesses
-taking statements from any witnesses
-advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
-advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.
-Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
-We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
-Taking any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost, of £75/witness).
-We will explain the court procedure and sentence so you know what to expect of the hearing.
-We will conduct any further preparatory work and obtain further instructions from you if necessary.
-We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court.
-We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court.
-We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice on appeal is needed, this will carry an extra cost.