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Motoring Offences

Castle Solicitors are specialists when it comes to representing clients charged with motoring offences such as speeding, no insurance and drink driving (driving with excess alcohol)

Whether you are pleading not guilty to drink driving, trying to avoid a driving ban or don’t want too many penalty points, we can help.

Call our 24h helpline

07912 784485

What happens if I am caught drink driving?

If you are caught driving, having consumed an amount over the alcohol limit, there is a mandatory driving ban from driving for a minimum of 12 months. This will be a longer ban if you consume an amount much more than the legal limit. You can be fined up to a maximum of £5000. However, the court will look at your financial means before deciding the amount of your fine.

Where someone has consumed a considerable amount of alcohol and found to be many times over the legal limit, the court can impose a prison sentence up to six months.

If I am pleading guilty, how can Castle Solicitors help?

If you have a family and/or work commitments, a driving ban can have a significant effect on your daily life. Our role would be to keep your driving ban and fine to a minimum so that your life is disrupted for as short a period as possible. If you deal with the court hearing yourself, having no experience of the court system, you may not be able to represent yourself adequately. This could mean you receive a longer ban and more costs because you were not able to give the court the correct information that could benefit your case.

We have the knowledge and expertise to make the sentencing hearing as painless as possible. Having legal representation could mean the difference between going to prison and not going to prison, thus saving your job, or your family from suffering while you serve your sentence.

Do I automatically get my driving licence back after a ban?

To be able to drive your vehicle again at the end of the ban, you must first reapply for your driving licence. The earliest you can reapply is 56 days before the end of the ban.

What are the penalties for speeding?
  • The minimum penalty is 3 points on your driving licence and a £100 fine
  • The maximum is a driving ban and £1000 fine (rising up to £2500 if the offence was committed on a motorway)
What happens if already have penalty points and I’m worried I might be banned after I was caught speeding?

The start of the case usually starts with a fixed penalty notice sent through the post. At this stage, you should contact our legal team to explore how we can help you. Our motoring specialist solicitors may be able to help you retain your driving licence, so you’re not banned from driving.

What happens if I’m caught driving without insurance?

The minimum requirement in the UK is third party insurance for your vehicle. Not only does this apply to driving the vehicle, it also applies to having the vehicle on a public highway.

The police can give you 6 penalty points and a £300 fine if you’re caught with a vehicle without insurance on a public highway.

If the matter goes to court, you could get:

  • An unlimited fine
  • A disqualification from driving

Also, the police may seize your car. In some cases they destroy it.

We can provide a fixed fee service in some cases:
  • Legal Fee to include:

    • Up to 2 hours attendance, preparation (considering evidence, taking instructions and advising)
    • Attendance and representation at a single Magistrates Court hearing

    £350 + VAT

  • Legal Fee to include:

      • Up to Half day attendance, preparation (considering evidence, taking instructions and advising)
      • Attendance and representation at a single Magistrates Court hearing

    £700 + VAT

What service do I get for a fixed fee?

If you have a date for your hearing, having entered a guilty plea, the work we can undertake is as follows:

  • Letters, emails, and phone calls
  • Your full instructions took at our office or a mutually convenient location
  • Read and consider all the evidence served by the Crown prosecution Service
  • Advice about the strength and weaknesses of your case
  • Providing you with advice as to plea and sentence
  • Representing you at court
What isn’t included in the fixed fee service?

If you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing;

  • The cost of expert witnesses
  • If we need to see a witness to get their account
  • Advice or assistance regarding an appeal
  • Advice and assistance regarding a special reasons hearing/exceptional hardship argument
  • Travel expenses incurred during your case will be discussed with you at the outset of the case

Motoring Offences Fees

How do we work?

Talk

First, we meet up and discuss your case. Remember to bring the papers given to you by the CPS

Advise

Our lawyers will need to consider the evidence combined with your instructions. We can then provide advice

Witnesses

If we need to speak to any witnesses to take statements, we will make arrangements to do so. This will be an additional hourly cost

Explain

We will explain what will be happening at court on the day of your hearing, plus the options available to the court when sentencing you

Preparation

Once we have started with the preparation of your case, we may need to contact you and ask further questions about your case

Hearing

Your hearing will be listed for a date and time. There is no guarantee it will be heard at the listed time

Court

We will be at court before the listed time of your hearing to discuss any matters you wish to address before the hearing

Outcome

After the hearing, we will discuss the outcome of your case. If you require further advice as to appeal, this will be at additional costs as per our hourly rates

Why should I choose Castle Solicitors?

We understand

24 hours a day you can contact us if you require legal advice.

We’re experienced

We don’t like losing, so if matters do go to trial, you’re guaranteed a solicitor who has a successful track record.

We win

Our goal is always to get the very best result for our clients, whether that be the police taking no further action, preventing someone from receiving a custodial sentence or clearing a client’s name with an acquittal after trial.

What should I do now?

Contact us by calling on 0121 226 3636, emailing admin@castlesolicitors.co.uk or even sending a message from this website on the contact page. We will call you back as soon as possible (usually within 2 hours) but in any event no later than 24 hours.

For emergencies, you can also contact our 24-hour helpline on 07912 784485

Remember

If you have been arrested to simply ask for Castle Solicitors at the police station and we will receive the call.