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Motoring Offences

If you've been accused or charged with a motoring offence early advice is crucial.

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Motoring Offences

Introduction

As part of our professional rules, we aim to ensure that anyone wishing to use our services has the information they need to make an informed choice of legal services provider, including understanding what the costs may be.

Why instruct Leslie Franks Solicitors?

Leslie Franks Solicitors is a Limited Company that has been servicing the needs of the London Community and beyond for over 15 years. The Company is based in in Kentish Town, North London. Unlike other firms who cover a wide range of legal services, we specialise in the provision of advice, assistance and representation in the field of criminal law, including motoring offences, so that every member of our staff is on hand to provide specialist and dedicated legal advice.

From modest beginnings, by maintaining a high standard of advice, assistance and client care, we have grown to the extent that we are regarded by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) as one of the leading providers of criminal defence services in North London.

We understand in a modern, fast-paced society, the importance and convenience to our clients of being able to drive. The effect a motoring conviction can have is far more reaching that just losing your freedom to travel in the comfort of your own vehicle. It may:

  • Cost you your job
  • Leave you immobile
  • Prevent you getting car insurance in the future or substantially increase your premiums
  • Leave you with large fines to pay and even a prison sentence
  • Result in your vehicle being confiscated

If you have been charged or summoned to attend Court for a driving offence, then we may be able to help you. We will advise you on the strength of the case against you including any failings by the police that may result in the prosecution against you being dropped and look at any potential defences to the allegations that could secure an acquittal.

 

Motoring offence, summary only*, Guilty Plea

Our Fees

Fixed Fee: From £600 + vat

What is included?

  • Attending on you at the office prior to and at Court for your first appearance;
  • Considering the Initial Disclosure of the Prosecution Case (IDPC) being the first summary of the case against you;
  • Taking your instructions;
  • Providing advice on the strengths of the case against you and your likely sentence upon conviction;
  • Attendance and representation at the first hearing at the Magistrates Court.

What is not included?

  • Instruction of any expert witnesses or other professional disbursements;
  • Taking statements from any witnesses;
  • Advice and assistance in relation to a Special Reasons** hearing;
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

Key stages involved

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing. They typically include:

  • Meet with you to discuss what happened;
  • Consider the initial disclosure in the case and any other evidence and provide advice;
  • Arranging to take any witness statements, if necessary (this will have an additional cost, of £120 per witness.
  • 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;
  • Conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you, if necessary, and answer any follow up queries you have;
  • Attend court on the day, meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for one Court session which is typically between 10am and 1pm.
  • Discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

Please note we cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.

Motoring offence, summary only, Trial

Our Fees

Fixed Fee: From £1000 + vat

What is included?

  • Attending on you at the office prior to and at Court for your first appearance;
  • Considering the Initial Disclosure of the Prosecution Case (IDPC) being the first summary of the case against you;
  • Taking your instructions;
  • Providing advice on the strengths of the case against you, your prospects of success at trial and the likely sentence if you are convicted;
  • Attendance and representation at the first hearing and the trial in the Magistrates’ Court.

What is not included?

  • Instruction of any expert witnesses or other professional disbursements***;
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

Key stages involved

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you will enter a not guilty plea and your case will be listed for trial. They typically include:

  • Meet with you to discuss what happened prior to your first appearance;
  • Consider the initial disclosure in the case and any other evidence and provide advice;
  • Arranging to take any witness statements, if necessary.
  • Explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your first hearing and at trial.
  • Conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you, if necessary, and answer any follow up queries you have;
  • Attend court on the first hearing and on the day of trial, meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for one Court session for the first hearing which is typically either 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. The trial may last two Court sessions;
  • Discuss the outcome with you and advise you on any grounds for appeal (but this does not include assisting you with the appeal which may incur additional cost)

Please note we cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.

Our Motoring Offences Team

Please see our-team for a list of Solicitors and team members who are available to assist you with your motoring offence enquiry.

 

*A summary only offence is an offence which can only be tried in the magistrates' court. There are exceptions. Under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA 1988) offences specified in the Act can be tried on indictment by a jury if they are linked to an offence triable only in the Crown Court. The principal summary only offences are:

  • driving whilst disqualified
  • careless and inconsiderate driving
  • failing to give information as to the identity of the driver
  • failing to stop or report, and
  • speeding.

**Special Reasons pertain exclusively to situations where the accused has been found or has pled guilty and now faces disqualification unless he/she can persuade the Court that the circumstances of the offence are such that it would be unjust to impose a ban.

***Expert witnesses includes the instruction of an expert who may be able to provide evidence on an aspect of the case requiring specialist qualification, knowledge or equipment. Professional Disbursements include the instruction of a barrister or other specialist instructed (at your request) to assist in your defence.

 

Please contact us to discuss your case and see if we can make a difference for you.

Call us now on 0844 414 6035

Early advice is crucial if you have been arrested or accused of a criminal offence. Our team of specialist criminal lawyers ensure our clients are properly represented and informed. Call us now to discuss your case.

 

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