Road Traffic Offences

Road Traffic Offences – Summary Only

The SRA Transparency rules (‘The rules’) require that we provide clear information in relation to our legal fees as to summary only motoring offences under Part 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The rules relate to matters which are dealt with at a single hearing; should the matter proceed to trial or not be dealt with at one hearing, your instructed solicitor will provide you with information as to the likely overall cost of your matter, both at the time of engagement and as the matter progresses.

In relation to all road traffic matters we offer a no obligation, fixed fee appointment of £300 plus VAT so that you can meet with one of our experts in order to discuss the allegation you face. This meeting is paid for in advance or on the day of the meeting. This will include:

• Discussing the case and considering any paperwork you may have received.
• Receiving advice as to the most appropriate plea.
• Informing you as to the court procedure so that you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, if applicable.
• Providing advice on the sentencing options available at court.
• After this meeting you can chose whether you wish to instruct us to act for you further and the following fees will then apply.

Fixed Fee

Offence

Trial (not guilty plea) including sentence hearing Plus VAT

Guilty plea including sentence hearing Plus VAT

Speeding£2,500-£3,000£2,000-£2,800
Drink or drug driving, drunk in charge or driving whilst unfit (alcohol/drugs)£3,500-£8,000£3,000-£5,000
Driving without due care and attention£2,400-£5,000£2,000-£4,000
Dangerous driving£3,500-£9,000£3,000-£6,000
Using a mobile phone or digital device£2,000-£3,000£1,500-2,500
No Insurance£2,000-£3,000£1,500-2,500
Notice of Intended Prosecution£500-£1,500
Failure to provide a specimen for analysis£2,000-£3,000£1,500-2,500
Failure to stop or report a road traffic accident£2,000-£3,000£1,500-2,500
Driving whilst disqualified£2,400-£5,000£2,000-£4,000

Guilty

These fees include:

• Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court by one of our experienced Solicitors and junior Counsel

• Considering the evidence

• Providing advice in relation to plea and likely sentence and advising in relation to mitigation

• Advice on the options available to the court in relation to sentencing

• Advice on whether an exceptional hardship, or special reasons argument should be made

• Representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates’ Court

• These fees will not include:

• Taking statements from, and examination of witnesses

• Advice on an appeal

• Advice as to sourcing or instructing expert witnesses

• The preparation of plans / photographs / alcohol back-tracking calculations

Not Guilty

• Initial Interview (post-charge / pre-Court)

• Review of the Prosecution Evidence

• Representation at the Magistrates Court for the first appearance by one of our experienced solicitors or submission of a written not guilty plea to include witness requirements and dates to avoid.

• Obtaining your written instructions and comments on the Prosecution Evidence

• Preparing Witness Statements

• Drafting Defence Statement if appropriate

• Considering the Prosecution’s Unused Material

• Representation at trial / sentence

These fees would not include:

• travel costs

• Expert’s fees

• the preparation of plans / photographs / alcohol back-tracking calculations

• Representation on any appeal

Additional mitigation plea’s that are not included in the above

Mitigation Plea

Cost Plus VAT

Totting Up or Exceptional Hardship Plea£500-£1,500
Special Reasons£800-£1,800
*The above figures relate to a typical case where you enter a guilty plea, a date has been set the Prosecution provide paperwork in a timely fashion, the Court can accommodate your hearing on the first listing and your cooperation with the provision of instructions and the matter is dealt with at one hearing.

Hourly rate

There are cases where a more personal approach is required. In this instance, we will need to discuss with you whether instructing us on an hourly rate is more appropriate.

Hourly rate will depend on the level of experience.

Offence

Trial (not guilty plea) including sentence hearing

Guilty plea including sentence hearing

Speeding15-22 hours10-20 hours
Drink or drug driving, drunk in charge or driving whilst unfit (alcohol/drugs)20-40 hours15-35 hours
Driving without due care and attention18-28 hours12-22 hours
Dangerous driving20-45 hours15-37 hours
Using a mobile phone or digital device12-15 hours10-18 hours
No Insurance12-15 hours8-6 hours
Notice of Intended Prosecution1-2 hours
Failure to provide a specimen for analysis12-15 hours8-6 hours
Failure to stop or report a road traffic accident£2,000-£3,0003-5 hours
Driving whilst disqualified12-15 hours8-6 hours

Pleas

Exceptional hardship plea5-15 hours5-15 hours
Special reasons6-18 hours6-18 hours
CONTACT US

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Email: enquiries@garricklaw.com
Tel: +44 (0)203 196 7822
Fax: +44 (0)203 196 7831
Address:
81 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1DD

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