If you are facing a motoring conviction or penalty point endorsement you could be at risk of losing your driving licence, your livelihood or even your liberty. At Poole Alcock, our specialist team of motoring lawyers defend individuals against prosecution for alleged road traffic offences, driving licence endorsements and fines. You can be confident that your case will be handled by expert, qualified solicitors throughout.
We understand how important staying on the road can be. If you risk accumulating 12 points on your licence and are facing a 6 month ban under the so-called “Totting Up” provisions, we can help prevent that from happening and so protect your freedom and livelihood.
We may be able to challenge the evidence or present “Special Reasons” why you should not be disqualified or have points endorsed on your Licence at all.
Even if no “Special Reasons” exist, our expert motoring lawyers may still be able to help you keep your Licence or persuade the Court to impose a shorter ban by arguing the loss of your Licence will cause “Exceptional Hardship”. This can be particularly relevant if you need to drive as part of your job.
If you have already been disqualified from driving, we may be able to help you get your licence back by making an early application to the court. We have a very high success rate of getting licences returned after disqualification, a service which we can offer on a Fixed Fee or Hourly Rate basis.
To find out if you’re eligible for an early removal please contact our specialist motoring team.
If you acquired your driving licence in the last 2 years you will be aware that the accumulation of just 6 points on your licence will see it revoked and you will have to resit your driving test. This is easily done given the proliferation of speed cameras and other enforcement measures on the roads.
We have a great track record in defending these matters, either mounting a defence to the allegation or arguing that Special Reasons exist so that your licence should not be endorsed. Even if there is no foundation for such an argument, we can still persuade the Court to impose a short ban instead of imposing points on your licence – this will often see you back on the road much quicker than having to resit your test.
We offer our motoring defence services on an hourly rate or fixed fee basis and will discuss the best option with you.
Our hourly rates depend on the seniority of the fee earner involved and are as follows (all costs quoted are exclusive of VAT charged at 20%):-
We offer the following services on a fixed fee basis and we set out below the likely fixed fee dependent on the nature of the work involved:
Having expert representation at Court, even if you inted to plead guilty, can mean the difference between keeping your licence or not. Our expert motoring lawyers can offer representation at plea hearing and a consultation with you in advance of this for a fixed fee of £1,000 plus £200 VAT.
Subsequent hearings such as sentencing hearings will be charged at an additional £200 plus £40 VAT per hearing.
Exceptional hardship and special reasons arguments can be put to the Court in certain circumstances to persuade them to allow you to keep your licence in circumstances where you would otherwise face a mandatory ban. 12 points on your licence or a drink driving conviction may not result in you losing your licence.
These arguments can be complex and require further preparation in order to put the strongest possible case.
Our fixed fees for hearings of this nature start at £1,200 plus £240 VAT.
If you are involved in a contested trial in relation to a motoring matter then your fixed fee will start at £1,500 plus £300 VAT for non-complex half-day trials.
Full day trials will attract a fixed fee starting at £2,500 plus £500 VAT for non-complex cases.
For trials that last for longer than a day, representation will typically be charged at a fixed fee of £2,000 plus £400 VAT for each additional day and £1,000 plus £200 VAT for each half day.
The fees quoted above represent a minimum due for non-complex matters. Cases which require significant amounts or preparation may attract fixed fees higher than this.
Please note that additional costs of third parties such as expert medical or accident reconstruction reports are not included in the above fees. Such costs will be discussed with you and agreed prior to any instruction.
*Please note many cases involve more than one appearance at Court and you will be quoted accordingly for additional Court representation over and above the first Magistrates Court hearing, be it on a fixed fee or hourly rate basis. Please also note that the above fees may be increased if there is additional travel involved attending a Court outside of Cheshire.
Cases which result in a guilty pleas usually end on the day of the plea hearing or, in certain circumstances where reports are required, within 4 weeks of the the please hearing.
If you plead not guilty and your case proceeds to a trial then this can take from 3 – 6 months depending on the complexity of your case, number of witnesses and amount of evidence required.Contact Us Today
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I just wanted to thank you for the way your solicitor, Stuart Flood defended my cousin at Crewe Magistrates Courts recently.
Stuart did a tremendous job of keeping the case at the Magistrates Courts and in getting the best possible outcome we could have ever hoped for. All concerned were mightily impressed at his skill & professionalism. Stuart and the Probation Officer were a formidable team.
Thank you once again from all the family. One never knows whats is around the corner but with respect, hopefully we won’t be in need of your defence services again, however, if we do we will know where to come.
I have had to use your services at a very difficult time and having been a solicitor I understand the pressure you work under. The entire team has been professional and understanding and you should be proud of the excellent service you provide. I must give special mention to Damian who I felt had a superb customer manner. He is an asset.
I felt I was given a very good service in a very professional manner.
I would like to thank Stuart Flood and his staff for their professional, friendly and compassionate service at a very difficult time.
Tim was very easy to talk to and provided appropriate re-assurance.
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