Motoring and Road Traffic

Our team of specialist motoring lawyers regularly defend clients throughout Cheshire and the North West. We can help you to keep your licence.

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Motoring or Road Traffic Offences

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.

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Protect your Driving Licence

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.

Get your Licence Back

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.

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New Drivers

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.

Fees for Motoring Offences

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%):-

  • Partner  - £250/hr
  • Associate, Assistant Solicitor, Fellow of Institute of Legal Executives – £180/hr
  • Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals and Executives – £130/hr

We offer the following services on a fixed fee basis and we set out below the bracket of likely fixed fee dependent on the nature of the work involved and the seniority of the fee earner:

  • Speeding – Consideration of documents and initial consultation in the office - £150 - £250. Magistrates Court representation from an additional £100 - £250.*
  • Failure to Provide Information to the DVSA – section 172 Road Traffic Act – Consideration of documents and initial consultation in the office - £150 - £250. Magistrates Court representation from an additional £100 - £250*
  • Driving without Insurance - Consideration of documents and initial consultation in the office - £150 - £250. Magistrates Court representation from an additional £100 - £250*
  • Drink or Drug Driving – consideration of documents, initial consultation in the office and representation at the Magistrates Court hearing - £300 - £600*
  • Driving without Due Care and Attention/ Dangerous driving - consideration of documents, initial consultation in the office and representation at the Magistrates Court hearing - £300 - £600*
  • Special Reasons Argument to keep your Licence - consideration of documents, initial consultation in the office and representation at the Magistrates Court hearing - £300 - £600*
  • Exceptional Hardship Application to keep your Licence under the Totting Up Provisions - consideration of documents, initial consultation in the office and representation at the Magistrates Court hearing - £1000 - £1500*
  • Application for early return of driving Licence - consideration of documents, initial consultation in the office and representation at the Magistrates Court hearing  - £350 - £650*
  • Using Mobile phone whilst driving - consideration of documents and Initial consultation in the office - £150 - £250 plus vat. Magistrates Court representation from an additional £100 - £250*
  • Failure to Provide a blood or breath specimen for analysis - consideration of documents, initial consultation in the office and representation at the Magistrates Court hearing - £300 - £600*

If you are involved in a contested trial in relation to a motoring matter you can expect to pay additional costs of between £500 - £1500 dependent on the work involved.

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.

Timescales

Cases which result in a guilty please 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.

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