Our team of driving offence solicitors are highly experienced in defending every motoring offence, from speeding to driving without valid insurance.
Whether you are facing prosecution for being found guilty of drink driving, or you have failed to provide your driving licence when requested to do so, we can help with the knowledge and experience to provide the best possible outcome for your case.
We are the top criminal defence solicitors in London and the Home Counties, so let us help you out.
What are the types of driving offences under UK law?
There are several types of motoring offences classified by UK law, including:
- Careless driving
- Dangerous driving
- Driving without insurance
- Driving while disqualified
- Drink driving
- Drug driving
- Driving whilst using a mobile phone
- Causing death by dangerous driving
- Failure to notify the DVLA
- Failure to provide a specimen when requested to do so
We are highly experienced in defending all of the above motoring offences.
What are the penalties for driving offences in the UK?
The criminal courts in the UK – whether the magistrates’ traffic court or the crown court – have a range of penalties and sentences that they can impose for the varying types of traffic offences, from driving over the speed limit to causing death by dangerous driving.
The sentence for dangerous driving imposed will depend on the nature and circumstances of the motoring offence. For example, if you are found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving – which is the most serious driving offence – you are liable to face imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.
Most driving offence penalties are governed by sentencing guidelines, i.e. the number of speeding points given or the length of a driving ban is usually calculated by the speed being travelled and the relevant speed limit on the road.
For example, if you are found guilty of travelling at 51 mph or above in a 30mph speed limit, you could face being disqualified from driving for up to 56 days or given 6 penalty points on your driving licence.
What are our fees for driving & road traffic offences?
We are one of the leading criminal firms in the country and this has again been recognised by the Chambers and Partners confirming our status as ‘National Leaders’ in Crime.
All road traffic offences are dealt with by the criminal courts. Due to our experience in dealing with road traffic offences, we receive instructions on a nationwide basis. We even have so-called road traffic specialist firms contacting us to undertake work for them, but we refuse to do so as we will only carry out work that we have prepared.
We believe in operating an open and transparent pricing structure. To this end, we do not charge excessive fees, nor are we the cheapest option but, we will work with you to achieve the best result possible in the circumstances of your case.
We are required to provide price information for assistance in relation to summary only motoring offences under Part I of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. This information is intended to provide assistance with our costs in respect to the legal representation that is needed for these offences.
The most common types of these offences include:
- Drink Driving
- Drug Driving
- Failing to provide a specimen in connection with a drink or drug related case
- Driving without due care and attention
- Failing to provide driver details
- Fail to stop/report after an accident
We tend to work on a fixed basis and the cost information provided below is based on a typical guilty plea and sentencing scenario.
Our standard fee would be £1000 plus VAT and includes:
- 2 hours attendance/preparation:
- Considering evidence
- Taking your instructions
- Providing advice on a likely sentence
- Attendance and representation at a single hearing and half a day Magistrates Court hearing.
The fee does not include:
- Instruction of any expert witnesses
- Taking statements from any witnesses
- Advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons/exceptional hardship hearing
- Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
- Disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses in attending Court
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 and would typically involve the following:
- Meeting with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
- Providing advice after considering the initial disclosure and any other evidence.
- Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost, of £250 plus VAT per witness).
- Explaining 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.
- Conducting any preparatory work that we consider to be necessary in readiness for the Hearing. Obtaining further instructions from you if necessary and answering any follow up queries you have.
- Attending court on the day and meeting with you before going into the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day. If the Court are unable to accommodate the case on the day suggested or adjourn the case to be concluded on another date, then an additional fee will be payable.
- Discussing the outcome with you. We would usually provide our initial view on the question of an appeal in the final letter that we would send to you. If detailed advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost. For example, an appeal mechanism called ‘an appeal by way of case stated’.. If such an appeal avenue exists, then this will require specific advice and would be the subject of an additional fee.
Please note that we cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
If we agree to undertake this work on an hourly rate basis, our standard hourly rate is £200 plus VAT per hour. On the example above, we would anticipate that the work would require an undertaking of 5 hours.
Should the issue you face be the subject of a trial or other contested hearing, we are happy to discuss the fees with you in an open and transparent manner.
Our team has over 100 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to criminal law. The team has particular expertise in road traffic matters, which includes speeding offences, drink/drug related matters and careless driving.
We have six members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your case they will be supervised by Stephen Halloran, the Director.
Stephen Halloran – Director
Nick Titchener – Director
Russel Robinson – Consultant
Massimo Trebar – Solicitor
Paul Dillon – Consultant
Andrew Morton – Solicitor
Every road traffic offence case is different and our expertise as driving offence solicitors means that we can assist you through all steps in your case – from receiving a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) to a court date.
Whether you face the potential of speeding points on your licence or a dangerous driving charge, Lawtons are here to help. For legal advice and assistance or to discuss the specifics of your own case, contact our expert team.