Road Traffic Offence Solicitors

Whether you’re facing the threat of penalty points, losing your license or criminal charges, it always pays to have an experienced road traffic solicitor on your side. They can fight your corner and reduce the impact of any penalty or prospective ban.

Slater Heelis has an exceptional track record in resolving road traffic issues across England and Wales. Rest assured we’ve helped thousands of people in your position before – and we can do the same for you.

Road traffic offences range from minor issues to events that have potentially devastating consequences.

Expert legal advice can help keep the length of ban or sentence to a minimum, even in cases where disqualification is mandatory.

As a full-service department, we handle all legal matters relating to road traffic, including drink driving, careless driving, speeding, driving without a license or insurance, mobile phone offences, NIPs or death by dangerous driving.

Many of our clients will have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) or a court summons just before they reach out to us.

Our solicitors understand that the prospect of facing court action can be daunting, which is why we’re here to walk you through the process and ensure you receive the best possible representation from the outset.

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Full transparency over fixed fees

Our approach to client service and cost structure sets us apart from other local law firms. We offer complete transparency over fixed fees, though we can also provide an hourly rate depending on your needs.

In some instances, we may not need to accompany you to court and can deal with your case through written representations – helping you to keep costs down. These matters will be agreed on an hourly rate basis.

Our hourly rates range from £185.00 – £250.00 (plus VAT of 20%) per hour. You will be provided with a written breakdown of our costs after the first consultation and are able to identify the relevant issues and level of preparation required.

Where representation at court is required, you may prefer us to fix our fees so that you can have peace of mind about mounting costs. We will explain every cost involved at the outset.  Our fee’s range from £250.00 – £1,000.00 per hearing depending upon the complexity of the case, the volume of case papers, your plea and court location.  VAT is payable in addition to our fees at a rate of 20%.

In addition, sometimes, we will incur disbursements (also known as expenses) on your behalf.  Examples include:

  • Expert reports (approximately £150.00 – £2000.00 plus VAT at 20%);
  • Expert attendance at Court (approximately £50.00 – £200.00 per hour plus VAT at 20%);
  • Barrister’s costs (advice or attendance at Court £100.00 – £300.00 per hour plus VAT at 20%).

These will always be agreed with you in advance. No matter the circumstances, your case will be reviewed by a senior lawyer, never a paralegal. And the fee will be agreed with you at the outset of the case.

Most road traffic cases are summary only offences dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court.  The court aims to deal with all cases within 6 weeks, but the reality is that it can take 6 months, or longer.  Most cases will take between 2-6 hours preparation and court attendance, but this is dependent upon the complexity and number of witnesses.  In successful cases, we will apply for a “Defendant’s Costs Order” which, in most cases, will result in a proportion, but not all, of your legal fees being recovered.

If the case is to be dealt with at the Crown Court, then you will require Counsel (a Barrister).  We will be happy to discuss this with you and provide a written estimate of our charges before you decide to instruct us and before you incur any costs.  Cases in the Crown Court may take longer to conclude and can take 12 months or more.  The range of costs for cases in the Crown Court is so wide that it is only possible to provide a realistic estimate of costs once we have further information about your case.  VAT is payable at 20% on our charges.  Disbursements (such as those described above) are payable on top of our charges (plus VAT at 20%).  For cases dealt with in the Crown Court costs are non-recoverable even if you are acquitted.

For further information explore our FAQs here.

Driving Offences

So that you can get an indication of what you may face, here is a breakdown of all of driving offence codes, their licence points and additional punishments. Descriptions of these categories are provided in the drop-downs below.

  • Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)
  • Single Justice Notice Procedure (SJPN)
  • Speeding
  • Careless Driving
  • Dangerous Driving
  • Death by Careless Driving
  • Death by Dangerous Driving
  • Driving Without Insurance
  • Drink Driving Limits and Penalties
  • Consequences of Drug Driving
  • Failure to Provide Specimen
  • Using a Mobile Phone While Driving
  • Exceptional Hardship
  • Law for new drivers

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Criminal Defence

If you’re facing criminal charges, our team of expert lawyers are on hand to work on your case, always with your best interests in mind.

Client Satisfaction

“Rachel Fletcher handled my case personally from beginning to end making herself available both by phone and email. It was really refreshing that I didn’t need to speak to anyone else because she handled everything. Rachel was courteous, professional and realistic with her advice making sure that I was kept abreast of all possible outcomes. She had different strategies that came with recommendations and the one she recommended was a winner. I’m a very happy customer and would recommend Rachel to anyone requiring legal assistance. Thank you.” L. Docherty

“Rachel was amazing in court. I think because she was so at ease and knowledgeable, I didn’t feel the need to get upset, she had it all in hand and dealt with. She explained the process to me, fought for me to have the process reversed back to just the two speeding convictions, and even got us in the court first. I was all done and home within three hours!

“Losing my licence today would have been losing my job, which I love and I’ve worked hard to get. It could have been game over. Because of you brilliant people it’s not and it’s such a huge weight off. Seriously, massive thank you.” – M. Bradford

“I just wanted to thank you both for your hard work and help with the case, so relieved after today’s outcome – no ban! I can finally relax in the knowledge that I won’t be getting a taxi everywhere” – Katie

Meet the team

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