Driving Offences

Finding solutions to mitigate the potentially devastating effects of finding yourself faced with giving up your right to drive.

  • Proven expertise in bringing mitigating circumstances pleas
  • Direct, immediate action
  • Lifting the weight of worry

Motoring Offences

HCB Solicitors are able to provide advice and representation at court in relation to the full range of road traffic offences, most of which are dealt with in the magistrates court.

Our fees for court attendance will depend on the type of hearing. The cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if your case is uncontested (eg  a g uilty plea with no argument in relation to disqualification), costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there is a contested hearing (eg a trial) costs will be at the higher end. In each case the figure quoted is an estimate, If costs are likely to exceed the stated amount we will contact you to discuss this. If the case involves a complex legal issue, requires the instruction of experts, involves a large quantity of paperwork or requires lengthy travel, this will affect the cost of the case. 

Initial consultations

If you have not yet entered a plea or have not received a court date and would like to speak to us about your case. 

  • 30 minute initial consultation: £75 plus VAT 

Guilty plea hearings 

If you face a road traffic offence to which you plead guilty the court may sentence you on the first date of hearing.

In these circumstances:

  • Guilty plea (case concluded at first hearing): £500 plus VAT
  • Guilty plea (case adjourned for pre-sentence report): £600 plus VAT 

Disqualification from Driving

Some offences carry a mandatory disqualification  (eg drink driving)  or discretionary disqualification but with mandatory penalty points  (eg speeding or using a vehicle without insurance). In those cases you might, in limited circumstances, be able to argue that there are special reasons why you should not be disqualified or you should not receive the penalty points. 

The other type of case where disqualification is an issue is where you accumulate 12 penalty points or more in a 3 year period. This would normally result in disqualification for at least 6 months. However you might be able to argue that disqualification would result in exceptional hardship, not just to you but also to your employer, work colleagues or employees or to family members.

  • Special reasons hearing: £750 plus VAT 
  • Exceptional hardship hearing: £750 plus VAT

Trials 

If you plead not guilty to a road traffic offence your case will be adjourned for trial. This means that there will be a hearing where evidence is called and the court will decide whether you are guilty or not guilty. We can help you with you trial preparation and representation in court. Our fee for representation will depend on the length of the trial and the nature of the offence: 

  • 1 day trial: £1000-£1500 plus VAT 
  • If the trial extends beyond 1 day: an additional £500 plus VAT per day 

In every case we will: 

  • Consider the evidence 
  • Take your instructions
  • Provide advice regarding the likely outcome, including sentence
  • Attend and provide representation at the magistrates court
  • Travel and waiting time 

There will be costs additional to the fees quoted above if we are required to: 

  • Instruct experts 
  • Instruct counsel (ie a barrister) 
  • Take statements from any witnesses
  • Advise or assist in relation to any matter heard in the crown court, including appeals
  • Incur travel costs eg mileage, parking, train fares 

 

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