Road Traffic Prosecutions – Our Charges
Solicitor John French regularly advises and represents clients in a wide range of road traffic prosecutions including points disqualification, drink driving and other motoring offences.
John will represent clients himself in guilty pleas and mitigation (seeking a reduced penalty) at the Magistrates court and works with specialist barristers on not guilty pleas to trial.
Road traffic costs
Most road traffic charges require a single appearance at the Magistrates Court and our fee for initial advice about plea and likely outcome and then representation at court for a guilty plea and mitigation on sentencing will normally be in the region of £500 to £850 plus VAT and any disbursement, for example travel to a Magistrates Court outside Coventry which is charged at either standard public transport cost or private mileage at £0.45 per mile. In most cases we will be able to provide a fixed fee estimate for our charges. Our fixed fee service will cover everything that might reasonably be required to deal with the matter to the expected conclusion; there are no “hidden extras”. For any work that is not covered by a fixed fee, our charges are based on time spent and John’s charging rate is £230 plus VAT per hour and he will always provide you with an estimate of the likely fee for each stage of the process and the overall cost before any chargeable work is carried out. We will also ask you to pay a proportion of our fee on account and all disbursements in full before they are incurred so that you will know what to expect.
How long will this Take?
The timescale for road traffic prosecutions is really determined by the court hearing date which is normally fixed when the summons is issued. Generally speaking, John is able to see most clients within a couple of days of instruction subject to availability.
Who will do the Work?
John qualified as a solicitor in 2005. He is also a qualified barrister. John joined Band Hatton in 2006 and has dealt with many road traffic prosecutions since including hearings before the magistrates.