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Motoring Offences

A driving licence is more than just a luxury – it is a necessity. If you lose your licence you could lose your livelihood.

Hewitts are experts in defending all kinds of motoring offences from the most serious, such as causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified, to minor speeding charges.

Our team of specialists regularly deal with speeding and drink driving offences. We have the depth of knowledge required to provide you with the best possible advice and increase your chances of retaining your licence.

We can represent you throughout the legal process, from initial advice at the police station to representation at court.

– Avoid a totting up disqualification
– Application for early removal of a disqualification
– Hewitts has a team of motoring specialists who can give you the clearest possible advice

24 hour freephone 0800 3047740

Visit our dedicated Motor & Transport site

Our Dedicated Motor and Transport Site

Many people are reluctant to speak to solicitors for a number of reasons but unnecessary delays can make the situation worse.

As part of Hewitts commitment to our clients, we offer a free initial telephone consultation to discuss your problem and explain where you stand.

If you have a case, and wish to proceed, we will give you a clear quote of the cost. And if your case is eligible for legal aid you can leave the arrangements to us.

For more information please visit www.motorandtransport.co.uk

Drink driving offence, guilty plea, fixed fee £400 plus VATDrink driving offence, guilty plea, fixed fee £400 plus VAT

This fee is for a client pleading guilty to an offence of:
1. Driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit
2. Driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of drink or drugs
3. Driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle with concentration od specified controlled drug above specified limit
4. Failing to provide a specimen for analysis
Fee includes:
• 2 hours attendance/preparation:
o considering evidence
o taking your instructions
o 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
• advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you are entering 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, which will depend on the number of statements to be taken and the time that will be involved).
• 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 cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
• We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day.
• We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

The fixed fee is based upon a hearing at Teesside, Newton Aycliffe, Peterlee or Gateshead Magistrates Courts. If the hearing is at a different Court the cost may vary to incorporate additional travel time.

Speeding offence, guilty plea, fixed fee £400 plus VATSpeeding offence, guilty plea, fixed fee £400 plus VAT

This fee is for a client pleading guilty to an offence of speeding.
Fee includes:
• 2 hours attendance/preparation:
o considering evidence
o taking your instructions
o 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 or argument for exceptional hardship to avoid a totting up disqualification
• advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you are entering 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, which will depend on the number of statements to be taken and the time that will be involved).
• 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 cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
• We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day.
• We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

The fixed fee is based upon a hearing at Teesside, Newton Aycliffe, Peterlee or Gateshead Magistrates Courts. If the hearing is at a different Court the cost may vary to incorporate additional travel time.

Testimonial

Andrew Smith, not his real name, lives in County Durham.

When Andrew was caught speeding he already had nine points on his driving licence and was facing a minimum six months disqualification from driving. As a national sales director driving more than 35,000 miles a year for business he could not afford to lose his licence.

Andrew turned to Hewitts Solicitors to assist him.

He said: “As soon as I received the notice of intended prosecution I knew I was in trouble, as I already had nine points. Hewitts saw me immediately and explained all the options.

“My solicitor told me that I had a strong argument to keep my licence, even with an eventual 12 points on it. The preparation of my case was meticulous and, on the day of the court hearing, my solicitor dealt with every argument and presented my case in such a way that the magistrates seemed to have no choice but to allow me to keep driving.

“A disqualification would have been devastating for me professionally and personally, but with quality and professional representation I was able to avoid that.”