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Road Traffic Offences - Pricing Guide

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Our leading criminal defence solicitors are experts in motoring law. We regularly successfully defend people who have been accused of road traffic offences. We take great pride in offering top-tier service, whilst being fully transparent when it comes to costs.

In this guide, we’ve set out an estimate of the costs that will be involved in your case. The prices given below apply to cases of “summary offences” under Part I of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. This includes most road traffic offence allegations, such as careless driving, driving under the influence of excess alcohol and speeding offences.

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Pricing

The following quotes do not include VAT, which will be charged at 20%: 

HearingCostsFixed
1st hearing / case ends on same date£500Yes
Fully contested trial on 2nd hearing date£2,000 (average)No. Costs subject to complexity.
Single minor hearings in course of ongoing case£200Yes
If no fixed price agreed£250 per hourYes
Crown Court casesn/a (may be agreed on a case by case basis)n/a

 

The usual work included would be to consider the evidence, meet with you and advise you. If the case proceeds to a contested summary trial then your lawyer will take statements from you and, potentially, any relevant witnesses. The fee for a contested summary trial would include representation at the trial itself.

We will provide advice on possible sentences available to the court and also whether you have the possibility of arguing “exceptional hardship” and/or “special reasons”.

Please note that the above fees are solely for the work of the lawyer preparing your case. The prices don’t include the sourcing, instructing or work of any expert or other disbursement (external cost) that may be incurred. They also don’t include any appeal or advice on appeal.

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Contested Summary Trial

If your case proceeds to a contested summary trial we normally provide the following service within our quote:

  • A meeting with your lawyer to provide instructions on what happened.
  • We’ll consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this may have an additional cost if significant numbers of witnesses are involved).
  • We’ll explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court.
  • We’ll conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We can’t provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on when it’s listed by the court.
  • We’ll attend court on the day and meet with you before going into court. We anticipate being at court for half a day. We’ll also discuss the outcome with you.
  • If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.
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If the case doesn’t proceed to trial on the date it is set, this will incur additional costs.

Conviction

If your case results in a conviction, due to a guilty plea or a finding of guilt at trial, the court may decide to sentence you on an alternative date. If that happens, further costs will be incurred. We’d estimate the costs for the additional hearing to be £900 + VAT charged at 20%.

Additional Fees

If a case proves to be particularly unusual or complex then we may have to depart from these fees, following a consultation with you. Issues that may increase costs include:

a) A large number of witnesses
b) Multiple pages of evidence from the prosecution
c) A complex or novel point of law
d) Non-local court

We take great pride in offering top quality service and full transparency.

Contact our specialist criminal defence solicitors on
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