Motoring Offence Costs

Drink driving offence, guilty plea –
fixed fee £700 + VAT

Fee includes:

  • 2 hours attendance/preparation:
    • considering evidence
    • taking your instructions
    • providing advice on likely sentence
  • Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court

The fee does not include:

  • instruction of any expert witnesses
  • taking statements from any witnesses
  • advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
  • but would include verbal advice in relation to any appeal

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered, or will enter, a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.

  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
  • We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost of £200 + VAT).
  • We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court.
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We cannot provide a time for when your case will be called, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
  • We will attend court on the date set for hearing. We anticipate being at court for half a day.
  • Should your case be adjourned for any reason then there will be an additional fee payable to cover a second hearing. This additional cost is likely to be around £400 + VAT.
  • We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

Subject to our advocates availability other fixed fees are available e.g.

  • Totting up – where you have 12 or more points
  • Special reason – where you look to avoid endorsement on your licence for instance where you drove in an emergency

BHP Law have in place financial arrangements with various introducers for most areas of work whereby we pay to the introducer a “referral fee”.  The referral fee is included in the fees quoted to you (it is not an additional fee payable by you).   If the work we carry out on your behalf is introduced to us by one of the referrers we have a financial arrangement with, you will be informed both by the introducer and also by ourselves when we send our terms of business to you after receiving your instructions to act for you.   The referral fees for the arrangements we currently have in place with introducers are either a fixed amount ranging from £45 to £200 or a percentage of our costs which is 15%.