Motoring Offences

Many ordinarily careful drivers will find themselves charged or summonsed to appear at court for a motoring offence at some point in their lives. However, what may have been an honest mistake could cost you your licence, your livelihood, even your liberty.

Our team of expert solicitors have represented clients charged with the whole spectrum of motoring offences including causing death by dangerous and careless driving, speeding offences, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving without insurance and using a mobile telephone at the wheel. We can also assist with parking fines and tickets.

We understand that the consequences of a driving ban can be serious and far-reaching for the individual concerned. As well as the risk of disqualification and imprisonment, your insurance premiums could shoot up and you may be unable to work any job which requires a driving licence.

We strive to achieve the best possible outcome for all our clients, tailoring our advice to suit your individual circumstances and aiming to minimise any negative impact on your life. Although disqualification is mandatory in some cases, in others it may be possible to argue “special reasons” in order to preserve your licence and prevent disqualification.

Legal aid is only available for most serious of road traffic offences. However, we can offer flexible and competitively priced private funding options, including fixed fees or hourly rates. For a better idea of how much your case could cost, please see our motoring offences pricing section below.

For further information from our motoring offences solicitors, call us now on 0207 790 4032 (or 07841 454 170 for out-of-hours calls). Alternatively, please email main@efbw.co.uk, or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you for a confidential discussion about your case.

Our motoring offences solicitors’ expertise

Our motoring law expertise covers all driving offences, including:

  • Speeding
  • Parking tickets and fines
  • Document offences, including:
    • Driving without a licence
    • Driving without insurance
    • Driving without an MOT
  • Dangerous driving, including:
    • Using a hand-held phone while driving
    • Reading while driving
    • Racing
    • Ignoring traffic lights and road signs
    • Dangerous overtaking
    • Knowing the vehicle has an unsafe load or a fault
  • Careless or inconsiderate driving (driving without due care and attention), including:
    • Undertaking
    • Mistakenly driving through a red light or missing road signs
    • Driving too close to other vehicles
    • Forcing other drivers to give way
    • Turning in front of another vehicle
    • Unnecessarily staying in an overtaking lane
    • Unnecessary breaking or slow driving
    • Dazzling other road users with un-dipped headlights
  • Driving under the influence of drink
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Failure to provide a specimen during a road side breathalyser test or at the police station
  • Specific offence of driving while using a mobile phone
  • Failing to supply information about the identity of a driver of a vehicle
  • Causing injury by driving dangerously
  • Causing injury by driving when disqualified
  • Driving offences causing death, including:
    • Fatal collision
    • Causing death by dangerous driving
    • Causing death by careless driving
    • Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs
    • Wanton and furious driving
    • Causing death while driving without a licence or insurance

Road traffic law is a highly specialised and technical area and the number of prosecutions is increasing year on year. It’s therefore essential to take expert advice from a motoring law solicitor as soon as possible to defend your case on your behalf.

We will thoroughly investigate all potential defences, including ensuring that the police and the Crown Prosecution Service have acted properly in the way your case was brought to court.

Motoring offences pricing

We firmly believe in costs transparency, so we mainly offer fixed fee packages designed to give you a well-rounded and robust criminal defence service for competitive prices.

The cost of your case will heavily depend on your particular circumstances, including how may hearings are needed to resolve the case. Many motoring cases are resolved after the first hearing.

However, other drivers may require a further Special Reasons or Exceptional Hardship hearing to assess whether there are any Special Reasons for the offence or whether disqualifying you from driving or receiving a long ban will cause exceptional hardship (such as pushing you into serious financial difficulties).

Our basic fee packages for our motoring offences defence services are set out below.

Please note, these figures are based on an hourly rate of £200 per hour +VAT for a solicitor with up to 8 years qualified experience and £300 per hour +VAT for a solicitor with over 8 years qualified experience.

Cases resolved after the 1st hearing

  • Solicitor with up to 8 years’ qualified experience - £850 - £1,100 +VAT
  • Solicitor with over 8 years’ qualified experience - £1,250 - £1,600 +VAT

What this fee includes

This fee includes an initial interview to assess the particulars of your case as well as preparing a letter of representation or plea in mitigation on your behalf if necessary.

We’ll also obtain, review, and advise in relation to the prosecution evidence, including providing advice on what plea to enter and what penalties you are likely to face.

We will also represent you in the Magistrates Court.

What this fee does not include

This fee does not include:

  • Advice or representation in relation to adjourned hearings or additional hearings in the Magistrates Court
  • Disbursements (third party costs), including the cost of expert evidence, medical reports, or interpreters’ fees
  • Appeals against conviction or sentencing
  • Any of the other party’s costs for which you may be held liable

The pricing breakdown of this fee is as follows:

Initial consultation and review of court summons

  • Solicitor with up to 8 years’ qualified experience - £250 +VAT
  • Solicitor with over 8 years’ qualified experience - £350 +VAT

Preparing a letter of representation or plea in mitigation (if necessary)

  • Solicitor with up to 8 years’ qualified experience - £250 +VAT
  • Solicitor with over 8 years’ qualified experience - £350 +VAT

1st hearing, including an appointment at our offices

  • Solicitor with up to 8 years’ qualified experience - £600 +VAT
  • Solicitor with over 8 years’ qualified experience - £900 +VAT

Exceptional Hardship cases

  • Solicitor with up to 8 years’ qualified experience - £1,200 +VAT
  • Solicitor with over 8 years’ qualified experience - £1,800 +VAT

What this fee includes

This fee includes an initial appointment to discuss your personal circumstances. We will obtain and review any prosecution evidence and also gather witness statements and other evidence to demonstrate that you will suffer exceptional hardship if you’re disqualified from driving.

We will also represent you at the initial hearing and the exceptional hardship application hearing (maximum 2 hearings).

What this fee does not include

This fee does not include:

  • Representation at more than 2 hearings in the Magistrates Court
  • Disbursements (third party costs), including the cost of obtaining expert evidence, medical reports, or interpreters’ fees
  • Appeals against conviction or sentencing
  • Any of the other party’s costs for which you may be held liable

Special Reasons cases

If you want to argue that there were special reasons for committing a motoring offence, we will provide a quote on assessment of your case based on your individual circumstances.

Trials

If you want to plead not guilty to a motoring offence at your 1st hearing, your case will be adjourned for trial. In this situation we will provide a fee quote on assessment of your case based on your individual circumstance.

Bespoke fee quotes

As well as our basic fee packages, we can also provide an enhanced bespoke service especially for you, if you would prefer.

We will examine the particulars of your case and your personal circumstances in detail and tailor a fee quote according to your individual needs. For further information about our enhanced bespoke service, just give us a call on 0207 790 4032 or email us at main@efbw.co.uk.

As part of this service, our partners can provide specialist advice and representation and we also enjoy close relationships with experienced barristers who can defend your case at trial if necessary. If you require or desire the assistance of a partner or counsel, we can provide a quote on request.

All private quotes depend on the individual circumstances of your case, including the evidence available, the number of witnesses, and whether any experts need to be instructed.

Unfortunately, criminal legal aid is only available for the most serious motoring law offences, however, please get in touch to discuss your potential eligibility. 

Why choose our motoring offences solicitors in London?

We are one of the leading criminal law firms in the country, having been ranked in the top tier for crime by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Many of our team are considered leaders in their areas and we are accredited by the Law Society in Criminal Litigation for our skills representing clients through every stage of the criminal justice system.

Our team includes duty solicitors qualified in Police Representation and Higher Court Advocates, meaning we can support and guide you from the moment an allegation is made against you to the final resolution, including protecting your rights at police interviews and dynamically representing you in court.

Get in touch with our motoring offences solicitors in London

Call us now on 0207 790 4032 (or 07841 454 170 for out-of-hours calls). Alternatively, please email main@efbw.co.uk, or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you for a confidential discussion about your case.

 

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