Many online motoring specialists will promise you the world, charge you a fortune but inevitable leave you in a worse position. At GHP Legal our team of experienced solicitors will give you honest advice about your case and will be with you each step of the way until the conclusion of your case.
We appreciate that losing your licence could mean losing your employment, livelihood or independence and therefore is an extremely stressful experience. That is why you will be allocated a designated solicitor who will be there for you throughout the proceedings.
Guilty Plea - £500 plus VAT
Drink & Drug Driving – Driving whilst in excess of the legal alcohol/controlled drug limit
Careless Driving (drive without due care and attention)
Driving Whilst Disqualified
Fail to Stop/Report an Accident
Our competitive fixed fee will include the following:-
- Preparation, Attendance and Representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court.
What we will do for you:-
- meet with you prior to the hearing to discuss the case in detail, take your instructions and consider the evidence
- explain the court procedure and what to expect at the hearing
- provide advice on the likely outcome of the hearing
- Prepare any mitigation ready for the hearing which includes obtaining references
- attend court on the day of the hearing
- answer any questions you may have and support you throughout the process
Not Guilty plea (Trial/Contested Hearings) - £1500 – £2000 plus VAT and disbursements
The fee will include all of the above as well as the following:
Taking witness statements
Conference prior to Trial
Representation at Trial
This fee will not include instructing an expert witness but we will obtain a quote and obtain your authority before any expert is instructed.
Exceptional Hardship Contested Hearing - £1000 plus VAT and disbursements
Drivers who attract 12 or more points over a 3 year period can be disqualified from driving for up to 6 months under what is known as the “totting up” provisions UNLESS they can show that being disqualified from driving would cause them exceptional hardship
An exceptional hardship argument can only be used once in every three year period and you are unable to use the same reason twice. It is important to note that the fact that you will lose your job if you can no longer drive is not a strong enough reason to fulfil the exceptional hardship test
Cases of exceptional hardship are considered on a case by case basis. Exceptional hardship does not mean that you will lose your job, although they argument may be stronger if you may become bankrupt or default on mortgage payments as a result.
In an exceptional hardship argument, Magistrates are obliged to consider the effects of a period of disqualification on ‘innocent’ parties. These could be family members who require you to keep your licence to ensure they can attend critical medical appointments or employees who will lose their jobs if you are unable to drive.
If the argument for exceptional hardship is successful, the Magistrates can either reduce the mandatory period of disqualification or make no disqualification at all.