Road Traffic Offences

Road Traffic Offences

Our Team:

Some tasks may be undertaken by paralegals or trainees under supervision of a qualified solicitor. A qualified solicitor will always have overall responsibility for your case.

Our Experience

We have been representing people accused of road traffic offences for nearly 40 years. Our experts have a wide range of experience from straightforward motor offences such as speeding and drink driving to more complex and serious offences such as death by dangerous driving.

Our Costs

The cost will depend on the complexity of your case.

If you are a returning client you may be entitled to a preferential rate. Please contact us to discuss.

Low Complexity Cases

For example this could include low level speeding, low reading excess alcohol or drug driving, non-endorsable road traffic offences, failing to stop, failing to report, driving without insurance and otherwise in accordance with a licence.

The fee will include the following:

  • Taking your instructions
  • Considering the evidence
  • Providing advice in relation to plea and likely sentence
  • Providing advice on the options available to the court in relation to sentencing
  • Where appropriate advice on whether an exceptional hardship or special reasons argument should be made
  • Representation at a single hearing
  • Up to 2 hours attendance/preparation.

The fee does not include the following:

  • Instruction of any expert witnesses
  • Taking statements from any witnesses
  • Advice and assistance in relation to a special measures or exceptional hardship hearing
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal

Low Complexity Guilty Plea = £300 + VAT

Low Complexity Not Guilty Plea = £500 – £1000 + VAT

High Complexity Cases

For example this could include high reading excess alcohol or drug driving, more complex speeding offences involving higher speeds or other more dangerous circumstances and cases where there is a high risk of loss of licence other than for low level excess alcohol.

The fee will include the following:

  • Taking your instructions
  • Considering the evidence
  • Providing advice in relation to plea and likely sentence
  • Providing advice on the options available to the court in relation to sentencing
  • Representation at a single hearing
  • More than 2 hours attendance/preparation

The fee does not include the following:

  • Advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons or exceptional hardship hearing
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal

High Complexity Guilty Plea = £500 + VAT

High Complexity Not Guilty Plea = £1000 – £3000 + VAT. We would expect the average fixed fee for a high complexity not guilty trial to be £1500 + VAT. However please note the complexity factors listed below which will be taken into account when determining the final cost.

Special Reasons or Exceptional Hardship

If your case involves special reasons or exceptional hardship there is likely to be an additional fee of £500 + VAT. This is due to the complexity and volume of work required.

Advice on Appeal

If you require advice on a possible appeal to include advice on prospects of success and drafting any grounds of appeal this will cost £150 + VAT. If you decide to pursue an appeal this will take place at the Crown Court and we would discuss the costs with you at that stage.

Complexity Factors

The following factors may make your case more complex and will determine the final cost:

  • Need for expert evidence including medical or other expert reports
  • Complex no insurance issues with trade or multiple user insurance
  • Multiple offences being dealt with in the same hearing
  • Previous convictions
  • Allegation of any police misconduct
  • High reading excess alcohol or drug driving
  • High speeding
  • Risk of loss of life
  • Multiple defence witnesses
  • Complex defence enquiries

Please note the above fees do not cover disbursements (third party fees such as expert reports). If experts are required in your case we will obtain suitable quotes and discuss these with you. The cost of expert reports vary due to the nature of the report and the complexity. A medical report from your own GP may cost from £100 + VAT whereas a full psychiatric assessment from an independent psychiatrist may cost several thousand pounds.

Typical Timescales and Key Stages

The key stages below are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing:

  1. Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened
  2. We will consider initial disclosure an any other evidence and provide evidence
  3. If necessary we will arrange to take any witness statements
  4. We will 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.
  5. We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have
  6. We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place as this depends on the court listing for that day
  7. You will attend court on the day and meet with your solicitor before going into court
  8. We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal this will carry an additional cost as detailed above.

If you enter a not guilty plea and your case is listed for trial in addition to the above stages the following stages will also apply:

  1. We will consider any additional disclosure served by the prosecution
  2. We will consider any necessary legal arguments
  3. We will meet with you to prepare your defence
  4. We will instruct any necessary experts (expert fees to be paid separately as detailed above)
  5. The timescale for when your trial will be listed is dependent on the court commitments at each individual court. However we would expect your trial to take place in the region of 4-12 weeks from entering your plea.
  6. The length of your trial will depend on the complexities of your case and could be anything between 1 hour and several days.
  7. We will explain the court procedure about your trial to you so you know what to expect on the day of your trial and the sentencing options if convicted.
  8. We will discuss the outcome of the trial with you. If advice is required on appeal this will carry an additional cost as detailed above.

Please contact us on 0191 565 3112 or email advice@benhoarebell.co.uk. We will be able to determine the level of your case, the final fee and provide you with further details about potential timescales.