Motoring Offences

We understand how important a driving licence is to our clients. When instructed, we will always assess a client’s case and identify if any defences are readily available. We give clear advice setting out the options for you. Where a defence with likely prospects of success is not available, we will ensure that any punishment is kept to a minimum. 

We will represent you in Court and have excellent links with Barristers chambers to ensure top quality representation. We are able to work to fixed fees for the majority of our cases. 

The most common situations we act on are as follows;

  1. Where a client will reach 12 points on their licence and therefore will face a disqualification. We are often able to argue that exceptional hardship would be caused to our client and as such they should be allowed to continue driving despite receiving 12 or more points. For this type of case, it is important that evidence is gathered correctly and thoroughly. We have a high success rate in helping clients retain their licence.
  2. Where a client is charged for driving without due care and attention, failing to stop and failing to report. These offences are often grouped together and can result in a disqualification. This may be where a client unwittingly causes damage to another vehicle without knowing they had done so, or where they are not aware of the obligations to stop and report such offences. We are often able to make representations to ensure that one or more of the charges are withdrawn. Submissions can be made to minimise the punishment and inform the court of the circumstances of the incident. 
  3. Where a client is charged with driving with no insurance. This type of case often occurs where an insurance policy does not automatically renew. This again, can result in disqualification. It is important to be pro active within this type of insurance and liaise with your insurance company and set out the reasons for you not having insurance.  A special reasons argument can be argued which if found, will result in no punishment. 

A court will use the Sentencing Guidelines to guide them as to the possible sanctions when being found guilty for an offence.

 

Motoring Offences fees

We are able to offer both fixed fees or hourly rates depending on the complexity of your case.

If you are pleading guilty to a charge, our role will be to-

  1. Advise in an initial consultation including reviewing evidence
  2. Help collate mitigation documents for the sentencing hearing and prepare for the hearing.
  3. Represent you at a sentencing hearing
  4. Writing to you with the outcome of your case

Hourly rate

Our hourly rate to assist on motoring offence cases is £250+VAT.

Our fees estimate for a client who intends to plead guilty is usually between £600-1,100+VAT.

Typically, there will be only one hearing however should there be additional hearings, additional costs will usually be between £600+VAT to £1,000+VAT per hearing.

If you intend to plead not guilty, fees are likely to be between £1,000+VAT to £2,400+VAT. This is based on a one-day trial and a first hearing.

 

Likely timescales

A case will usually conclude at your sentencing hearing. This is typically 4-8 months from the date of the offence. This can be longer depending on court listings.

All fees above are subject to VAT at 20%. Disbursements are charged as additional fees to a third party. This will usually be counsel’s fee to represent at a hearing.

All clients will be advised by Samir Moftah, an experienced solicitor in this area of law.

Please contact us with details of your case and we will be able to provide a quote.

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