I’ve received a notice of intended prosecution through the post, what should I do?
Don’t do nothing! Notices of intended prosecution are often accompanied by a s.172 notice, which requires you to give information relating to the identity of the driver of your car at a particular time. Failure to respond to that notice means you have committed a further offence for which your licence can be endorsed with 6 penalty points and a fine imposed. As soon as you receive the notice, contact us to get advice from a Road Law Barrister about your options.
How much is this going to cost me?
Our fees are fixed; you are not charged extra for the time spent by your barrister preparing your case. The total cost will depend on the number of court appearances and whether your case is to be heard in the Magistrates’ or Crown Court. We are totally open about our fees, so there are no nasty surprises for you. Click here to see our fee structure.
Why use a direct access barrister?
In the past anyone that had been accused of a motoring offence that was seeking legal advice or representation first needed to use the services of a motoring solicitor who would then engage the specialist services of a barrister. Since 2004 members of the public have been able to use direct access barrister you will be hiring a legal specialist with experience and an expert knowledge of road traffic law.
Why go to a barrister rather than a solicitor?
Coming straight to a barrister means you are only paying for one lawyer. You will have direct access to a barrister who will look after your case from beginning to end. Barristers are specialist court advocates but are also trained and experienced in the preparation of cases, meaning you are getting the best of both worlds.
Our initial free consultation:
The initial consultation is for the barrister to obtain enough information from you to give you advice about your situation.
I have been summonsed to court for a road traffic offence but I can’t afford to get any more points on my licence. Can I avoid having points imposed?
There are a number of potential ways of avoiding the imposition of penalty points on your licence. For example, if you plead not guilty and are acquitted of the allegation, there will be no penalty. Also, we frequently argue on behalf of our clients that there is a “special reason” relating to the offence that prevents the imposition of penalty points. To discuss how this could relate to your case, get in touch with one of our Road Law Barristers.
I was convicted in the Magistrates’ Court. How do I appeal that decision?
Appeals from the Magistrates’ Court are heard in the Crown Court. There is also a way of appealing to the High Court if the Magistrates have made a legal or procedural error. There are strict time limits on when an appeal from the Magistrates’ Court can be lodged, so you need to contact us sooner rather than later. Click here for more on how we can help with your appeal.
I want to represent myself in Court but I need some advice first. Can you help me?
A Road Law Barrister would be happy to analyse your case papers and provide detailed advice, either during a face-to-face conference at our premises or over the telephone, for a one-off fee of £175 + VAT. If you later decide to instruct your barrister, this fee will be deducted from your eventual bill.
Do you provide your legal services throughout Yorkshire and the Humber?
Yes, our road law are available to represent clients with cases in Leeds, York, Bradford, Northallerton as well as throughout Yorkshire and the Humber.
What types of driving offences can you help with?
Whether you’ve been stopped by the police, received a court summons or been charged with an offence, get in touch with us to see what your options are. Will be able to analyse your case and present your defence in a persuasive manner to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Whether you have been caught speeding, arrested on suspicion of drink driving, accused of dangerous driving or been accused of any other motoring offence, we have the expertise to help you keep your licence.
So if you are looking for a motoring lawyer, road law lawyer or considering using the services of a drink driving solicitor our Road Law Barristers will provide expert representation at courts across Yorkshire and Humber
1. Don’t panic!
Sometimes things aren’t as bad as they may first appear.
2. Don’t delay in taking legal advice.
These days, you can go directly to a barrister (rather than using a solicitor) for advice. The sooner you tell us about the circumstances surrounding your case, the more time there is to get information together to ensure we get the best possible outcome.
3. Make sure you comply with any deadlines given by the police or court.
If you don’t comply with deadline dates, you could be making things a whole lot worse for yourself. Failure to respond to a notice of intended prosecution means you have committed a further offence.
4. You can represent yourself in Court if you wish.
If you do represent yourself in court, we recommend that for ‘peace of mind’ you ask us for an advice about your case. That way, you are bit more prepared. We can tell you what to expect on the day, your likely sentence and how best to present yourself to the magistrates.
5. You can appeal the decision
If you don’t get the outcome you expected, you can appeal on the grounds of a procedural or legal error.