If you have been notified that you are required to attend court in connection with a road traffic offence then we are able to provide expert representation at court.
Many driving offences are summary only which means they must be finalised in the Magistrates Courts. Other more serious offences will be finalised in the Crown Court.
Below are the costs we charge for summary only offences.
DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SERVICE
We usually offer fixed fees for summary only driving matters. If, however, your case is more complex we will advise you that our fixed rate will not apply and in these circumstances our hourly rate will be applied. This rate is £200 + VAT (£240 inclusive of VAT) per hour.
GUILY PLEA AT COURT
If you are intending to plead guilty and if your case is dealt with at the first hearing then we can attend court to represent you.
How much does this cost?
Our fixed fee for this process can usually be limited to £300 plus VAT (£300 inclusive of VAT).
This will cover
- taking instructions from you in the office and advising re plea
- analysing the prosecution evidence and
- attending one court hearing.
We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day.
The fixed fee not cover disbursements such as;
- travel time to court,
- mileage to court and
- other disbursements such as parking,
- enquiry agent fee for service of documents,
- forensic reports.
If your case is adjourned for a further hearing for any reason, the fixed fee will not cover this.
This price is dependent upon you providing us with the following information/documentation:-
- Charge sheet/ Court summons
- Driving licence ( if appropriate);
- Insurance certificate ( if appropriate)
This price also assumes that:-
- There are no disputes between the yourself and the prosecution version of events;
- No other offences become apparent
NOT GUILTY PLEAS OR CASES WHERE A SECOND HEARING IS REQUIRED
If you deny the allegation and want to plead not guilty, or if you accept that you have committed the offence but there is a legal argument (such as exceptional hardship or special reasons as to why you should not be disqualified from driving) then a different charging rate will apply. We will advise you at the outset and before we begin any work if your case is more complex and as to the total of our charges. In these circumstances our hourly charging rate may apply (see above).
How much does this service cost?
The fixed fee of £600 plus VAT is charged, is based upon the same factors and considerations as listed in the previous section (guilty plea).
Again this does not include
- travel time to court ,
- disbursements such as mileage and parking and
- experts fees such as forensic report, road traffic investigation report or
- enquiry agent for example service of documents.
It does cover us attending for the initial hearing when the plea will be entered, and the following hearing where contested evidence is put before the Court. It covers attending upon you to take instructions, analysis of prosecution case and if necessary interviewing witnesses ( in the office).
We will discuss the outcome with you .The fixed fee will cover advice on appeal against either sentence or conviction ( or both) but will not cover the cost of the appeal itself
How long will a not guilty plea or contested hearing take ?
It is difficult to be precise regarding timescale as it depends upon court availability to hear the case and witness availability.
WHO WILL CARRY OUT THE WORK?
We have a dedicated team of expert lawyers with considerable experience and expertise in dealing with summary only road traffic matters. The team is supervised by a Director of our company, Julia Russell, who heads the department. Julia Russell is a member of the duty solicitor scheme and has over 20 years experience as a qualified solicitor
We provide an efficient, transparent and common sense approach and pride ourselves on our communication skills and accessibility. (https://kiddspoorlaw.co.uk/meet-the-team/)