Our costs for representation at Court in respect of motoring offences
Guilty Plea: £400 (exc. VAT)
Not Guilty Plea: £1000 (exc. VAT)
Our costs for representing you are on a fixed fee basis but there may be additional disbursements. We do, however, require full payment of our fees before the final hearing date.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
A disbursement that may be involved in motoring offence matters are Expert's fees to produce a report, such as drug and toxicology reports. These fees are usually calculated depending on the amount of preparation that is involved. We will, of course, discuss the Expert's fees with you once obtained and how you wish to proceed.
If your case is being heard at a Court outside of Merseyside then may be responsible for our travel costs which is charged at 45p per mile.
What does my costs cover?
The fees set out above cover all of the work:-
Obtaining the initial papers from the Crown Prosecution Service and reviewing the same;
Taking your initial instructions
Attending the first hearing at Court (where you will enter your plea. If you enter a guilty plea then your case will almost always conclude at this hearing);
If you enter a not guilty plea then we will write to you with an appointment so we may obtain a proof of evidence (statement) from you in relation to your instructions;
Taking and drafting witness statements, if any;
Perusing all papers served on us by the Crown Prosecution Service (i.e. defence bundle containing statements and exhibits);
Preparation and attendance at the Trial Hearing;
In some cases, we may only receive the initial papers the day before or the morning of the first hearing. If this is the case then we will attend upon you at Court to take your initial instructions before going into the Court room.
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. A guilty plea at the Magistrates Court is almost always concluded at the first hearing. A not guilty plea can take anywhere between 8 - 12 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and the matter progresses.