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Fees for Defence against Motoring Offences
If you have been accused of committing a motoring offence, you may be concerned about how you are going to cover the cost of your defence. We understand that facing a motoring prosecution can be a life-changing experience, which is why we try to make the process as straightforward as possible by clearly laying out what you will be expected to pay and providing transparency.
We have provided some information below to assist you and be transparent on our costs for summary offences in the Magistrates Court. These fall into two types of cases: cases without representation and cases with representation by an advocate at Court. For a no-obligation discussion about the likely fees in connection with your case, please contact us on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
What are the Solicitor Fees for a Motoring Offence?
Although we are able to identify the key issues in your case from the outset, we will only have a rough idea of what work and court attendances may be involved in your case once we have a discussion.
In order to assist you we can confirm that when dealing with summary offences in the Magistrates Court our services can be summarised through the following two options:
- Option 1: cases where representation at Court is not required – our service in these cases involves no attendance by an advocate at Court. Including the advice, preparation and written representations to the Court, our fixed fees start from as little as £250.00 plus VAT (20%) and range up to £750.00 plus VAT.
- Option 2: cases where representation at Court is required – our service in these cases involves attendance at one court hearing. Including the advice, preparation and physical representation by an advocate at Court, our fixed fees start from as little as £500.00 plus VAT and range up to £2500.00 plus VAT per hearing.
* Please note the range of fixed fees starting at £500.00 plus VAT to £2500.00 plus VAT per hearing will be dependent on the complexity of the case, your plea and the location of the hearing. The fixed cost will be made clear to you once we have discussed your case in detail and whether it is to proceed by way of a guilty or not guilty plea.
** Please note that the fixed fees for legal representation at Court do not include disbursements which may be required in certain cases. Disbursements are expenses which we incur on your behalf and examples include expert reports (approximately £150.00 - £2500.00 plus VAT), expert attendance at Court (approximately £50.00 - £200.00 plus Vat per hour), Barrister’s costs (advice or attendance at Court £50.00 - £.300.00 Plus Vat per hour).
Where we anticipate that any disbursements or additional fees may be payable, we will let you know as soon as possible.
Promotional Offers for Certain Membership Schemes
Please note that if you are a member of the following, there will be a 10% reduction in the costs of your legal fees*
- Motor Defence Helpline – Anyone who is a member of the Motor Defence Helpline will receive a 10% Reduction of our legal costs (Need proof of membership) *
- Licence Defence – 10% Reduction (if there is no cover in place but Licence Defence policy holder, need proof of policy)*
Our Commitment to You and Service Information
Our priority is to keep you happy and to keep you on the road; to some clients minimising the level of their legal costs is as important as achieving their objective of securing an acquittal or limiting the penalty.
We aim to provide you with a high level of dedicated service and expert input at a reasonable and sensible price. In order to achieve this aim, we GUARANTEE the following:
- Guaranteed preparation of your case by a specialist motoring defence lawyer
- Guaranteed preparation of your case from inception to conclusion without any hidden charges, with a clear outline of our charges at the outset, which can be on an agreed fixed fee basis*
Please note that when we comment on advice, preparation this includes considering evidence, taking your instructions, providing advice on plea and likely sentence, options available at Court in relation to sentencing or trial issues where a not guilty plea is advised.
Why Choose JMW?
At JMW, we have decades of experience in motoring defence. All of the specialist lawyers in the team have substantial courtroom ‘know-how’ and are known throughout the courts in England and Wales. Our vast experience enables us to identify the key issues in your case at the very outset and to tailor our advice to you (and anticipate costs) accordingly.
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