Motor prosecutions

If you are charged with a motoring offence, ranging from speeding to cases involving fatality, we can help.

You will be undoubtedly worried about what could happen to you and your loved ones. Seeking our professional advice can prevent any unnecessary stress and ensure that, whatever the offence and the potential outcome, you are aware of and can prepare for the potential consequences.

What we can do if you are charged with or under suspicion of committing a motoring offence

The services we offer include pre-charge services, e.g. police interview to conclusion of your case.

We can assist with:

  • Advising and acting for you at a police interview
  • Advising you on prospects of defending any charges
  • Arranging professional representation for you at court either by external barristers or from within our own in-house advocacy team
  • Providing you with full representation, whether you are pleading guilty or not guilty to the charges
  • Making an application to retain your driving licence

Whatever your requirements, we will tailor our advice to the facts of your case and your circumstances. We aim to provide you with clear, straightforward advice and are committed to pursuing your case with the utmost vigour in order to achieve you the best outcome possible.

Motoring offences

We offer expert advice on a huge variety of motoring offences, including:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to provide driver information
  • Failure to adhere to road traffic signs and signals
  • Careless driving (driving without due care and attention)
  • Failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident
  • Driving without a licence
  • Driving without insurance
  • Drink-drive cases
  • Dangerous driving
  • Dangerous driving causing serious injury
  • All cases involving fatality
  • Tachograph offences

We have a dedicated, expert team who are well-versed in handling a wide range of motoring prosecutions.

To discuss your case with no obligation, please contact us.

Fixed fees

Summary only driving offences where the defendant pleads guilty (e.g. disqualifications, speeding or no-seatbelt claims)

Fixed fee: £300 + VAT + disbursements (i.e. expenses paid to others on your behalf)

This fee includes up to two hours’ work consisting of:

  • Initial call to establish issues and potential mitigation, and to provide advice on the likely sentence
  • Assistance and advice with gathering supporting statements
  • Instructing counsel (i.e. a barrister or other legal representative who will represent you at court)

Additional work is charged at £250 + VAT an hour.

In addition to our fixed fee, a fee of £300-£400 + VAT and travel expenses is payable to counsel.

The fee does not include:

  • Instructing any expert witnesses that are needed
  • Taking statements from any witnesses
  • Advice and assistance relating to a special reasons hearing
  • Advice or assistance relating to an appeal

The key stages of your matter are based on your entering a ‘guilty’ plea and having a date for your hearing (we cannot give a timescale for when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day):

  • Discussing your matter with your lawyer to give instructions on what happened
  • Considering initial disclosure and any other evidence, and giving advice
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will incur an additional cost of £250 +  VAT an hour; you can do this yourself, however: we will give you guidance)
  • Explaining 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 further preparatory work, getting further instructions from you if necessary and answering any follow up queries you have
  • Arranging representation for court and for the representative to meet with you before going before the court. As noted above this will incur a fee in addition to our fixed fee: usually around £300-400 + VAT and travel expenses. We wouldn’t arrange this without your agreement to the terms beforehand
  • Discussing the outcome with you. If you need advice on appeal, this will carry an additional cost

The work will be carried out by Daniel Beet, a specialist criminal lawyer with over 20 years’ experience.

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Our Experts

Katherine Howells-Price

Scotland and Specialist Litigation Divisional Manager

Email: khowells-price@lyonsdavidson.co.uk

Direct Dial: 0117 904 7002


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