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De Brett Solicitors - Expert Motoring Solicitors
Motoring Offences - Fees
Please note that the fees set out below do not apply to death by dangerous driving or careless driving, death whilst under the influence of drink or drugs or dangerous driving. An estimate of fees will be provided in relation to these types of cases once the evidence has beeen analysed and assessed. Essentially there are two different fee structures for motoring offences depending on the plea.
The fees for Guilty pleas are typically £375 plus VAT and disbursements to include the initial interview, evidence gathering and preparation for court. The disbursement is the cost of the advocate (solicitor or barrister) instructed to represent you at the hearing and those disbursements range from £250-£300 plus VAT. The fees are in respect of a solicitor dealing with the work throughout and if necessary junior counsel being instructed for the hearing itself.
Not Guilty Pleas
The fees for not guilty pleas are more difficult to estimate but are usually between the range of £600-£1000 plus VAT and disbursements. Again, the disbursements will be the cost of an advocate representing you at the pre-trial hearing and the trial itself. The advocate fees are usually between £350-£575 plus VAT.
All motoring offence cases dealt with summarily (i.e. before the Magistrates' Court as opposed to the Crown Court) are carried out on a fixed fee basis but for information purposes only the hourly rate of fee earners handling your case is between £200-£250 plus VAT.
These are cases where a guilty plea is entered and the client is facing a ban for "totting-up" 12 points or more. Additional work is required in preparing for these trials and the range of fees is £425-£495 plus VAT and disbursements. Advocate fees of £250-£350 plus VAT are the only likely disbursement.
These trials can be complicated and time consuming and as such the range of fees charged is £475-£750 plus VAT and disbursements. The disbursements will be the advocate fees of between £300-£500 plus VAT.
The Road Traffic Act 1988 is the main piece of legislation that covers motoring offences and De Brett Solicitors have lawyers with over 20 years experience in driving offence cases including: speeding, totting up, drugs and drink driving, careless driving, dangerous driving and taxi touting. For free initial telephone advice please call 0208 770 0299
Many offences will result in points being added to your driving licence. If you accumulate more than 12 points you will be faced with a driving ban. With certain road traffic offences, you will have an immediate suspension of your licence. With driving being vital to most people’s lives it is important to receive expert advice if you have been charged with any motoring offence. Our team will discuss the charges with you, advise on the options and our tactics for keeping your licence, and/or minimising any penalty and fine. We can also provide representation at Court to ensure the best possible outcome.
Careless driving - Typically this occurs when the driver is doing something else while operating their vehicle - such as talking on a mobile phone, applying makeup or reading a map.
Dangerous driving (including causing death) - This occurs when a driver’s standard of driving falls far below that of the reasonable driver. Causing death by dangerous driving is one of the most serious motoring offences.
Speeding - If you've been caught going over the legal speed limit, and issued with a Notice of Intended Prosecution, then you need legal advice in ensuring the best possible outcome for your case.
Failing to stop after an accident - If you have been involved in an accident, you must stop to exchange details with the other parties involved and the incident must be reported to the police as soon as possible, and no later than within 24 hours.
Drink / Drug driving – This involves a person operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A person can also be charged with being in control of a vehicle, which does not require proof of driving. New legislation has introduced an offence of drug driving for people who operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs (which can include legal prescription drugs). In addition, it is an offence to refuse to provide a specimen (blood, breath or urine) for analysis to determine your blood alcohol content.