Criminal Law and Motoring Law
What is Criminal Law?
Criminal law is the body of law that relates to crime. It prescribes conduct perceived as threatening, harmful, or otherwise endangering to the property, health, safety, and moral welfare of people inclusive of one's self.
What is Motoring Law?
Motoring Law relates to specific offences relating to driving, such as Drink driving, Dangerous & careless driving, Speeding offences, Driving without a licence, Driving whilst using a mobile phone and like offences
What work we will undertake for you?
At the start of a criminal defence case, we will obtain details of the allegations against you, and take your detailed instructions. That may lead to the need to gather evidence to support your case. This will include interviewing your witnesses. We will also research the statutes, cases, and procedural rules that may be useful when defending your case in court in order to prepare a defence strategy
Building a Defence Strategy
We will advise you in relation to the strengths and weaknesses of your case, whether, or not, there are any defences available to you, and the pros and cons of pleading guilty, or not guilty, based on the particular circumstances of your case.
Prior to Trial
Should you plead not guilty and your matter progress to Trial, we will work with you to prepare your case in line with your defence strategy. They will analyse all the evidence both for and against you before a trial, so that cross examination of the prosecution witnesses can be planned, and a proper running order can be put into place for calling your witnesses.
Should the need arise, they will make applications to either omit evidence detrimental to your case, or to include evidence beneficial to your case
We will also be there to assist you throughout the Trial. If there is any new evidence to be taken into consideration, they will make sure that this is highlighted as quickly as possible
During the Trial
Should your matter progress to Trial the Solicitor representing you, or a Barrister instructed by us to work on your behalf, will argue your case, including cross examining Witnesses, put forward your defence, if you have one, and challenge the Prosecution case against you.
If you Plead Guilty or are convicted after Trial
We will ensure that a fair punishment or sentence is given to you. They will do their best to make sure that a judge and jury, or bench of magistrates, put into perspective the allegation that you have been accused of, and take full account of any remorse, rehabilitation or personal circumstances that are relevant to your sentencing.
We will advise you whether there are any grounds for appealing the outcome of an unsuccessful Trial, or the sentence you receive. If there are grounds we will go through the process with you and, if you wish to appeal, shall begin the appeals process without delay.
We are aware that facing Criminal allegations can be a particularly stressful time. We aim to support you throughout the process to ensure that the stress you feel is limited. We aim to be accessible to our clients and believe that it is important for clients to feel comfortable contacting us to ask for advice no matter how trivial they feel their query may be.
This will be discussed with you at the initial consultation. This can vary depending on your plea, the Courts availability and the complexity of your case.
You may qualify for Legal Aid. If you representation will either be completely free to you, or you will be expected to make a contribution to the Legal Aid Agency for your representation.
Please see the Legal Aid section on our website for full details.
Privately funded representation
The fee earner in question will discuss the matter with you and it may be that he will agree a fixed fee with you for the work undertaken. All Fixed Fee agreements will be exclusive of VAT.
Contained below is an indication of the fees charged for Magistrate Court work
Magistrate Court Private Fees
Bail Hearing - £500 + VAT
Guilty Plea - £500 + VAT
Case Management/ First Appearance - £500 + VAT
Allocation Hearing - £500 + VAT
Trial- £1000 - £1500 + VAT (Trials over 1 day £1000 extra per extra day)
Case preparation and out of court work charged at hourly rate.
If a fixed fee is not agreed, or is not deemed appropriate the following will apply
A charge for all work undertaken in relation to this matter by a fully qualified Solicitor. Our hourly rates are.
a) £220.00 per hour, exclusive of VAT
b) £22.00 per letter out, exclusive of VAT
c) £22.00 per telephone call, exclusive of VAT. Any telephone call exceeding 6 minutes will be charged at our standard hourly rate.
d) £11.00 per letter in, exclusive of VAT.
Identification of client - £10.00, plus VAT
Travel - £0.45 a mile, plus VAT
Barristers fee – dependant on the barristers level of experience. All fees will attract VAT – this will be discussed with you if the need for a barrister arises.
Any other disbursements will be discussed with the client prior to being incurred.
Fee earners specialising in this field.
Alan Michael Davies LLB (Hons) – Solicitor – 8+ years post qualification experience
2. Richard Matthew Davies LLB (Hons) – Solicitor– 3 years post qualification experience
All VAT is currently charged at 20%.