Fees

The cost of representation at any police station is not means tested and is covered by the Legal Aid Agency.

If you receive benefits or on a low income and are appearing before the magistrate’s court, you may qualify for legal aid. We can discuss this with you in more detail.

Motoring offences

The prices shown below apply to those offences that can only be tried at a magistrate’s court. These offences include drink driving, speeding, careless driving, driving without insurance or whilst disqualified, failing to stop or report an accident and failure to identify a driver.

For a guilty plea there is a fixed fee of £380 which includes:

• Two hour’s attendance including preparation
• Considering evidence
• Taking instruction
• Giving advice on a probable sentence
• Attendance and representation at a single hearing at a magistrate’s court in Staffordshire (either North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Cannock or Stafford Magistrates’ Courts)

Please note the fixed fee doesn’t include:

• Travel time to a magistrates’ court anywhere else in the UK
• Advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons’ hearing, exceptional hardship claim or an appeal

Additional services are charged at an hourly fee of between £190 and £250 per hour dependent on the solicitor’s experience. These will of course be agreed with you beforehand so there will be no hidden costs or charges.

For a not guilty plea there is a fixed fee of £380, plus an extra hourly rate for your trial’s preparation. This fixed fee includes:

• Two hour’s attendance and preparation
• Evidence consideration
• Taking your instructuctions
• Advice on your likely sentence
• Attendance and representation at a single hearing at a magistrate’s court in Staffordshire (either North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Cannock or Stafford Magistrates’ Courts)

Please note this fixed fee does not include the following:

• Taking witness statements
• Expert witness instruction
• Subsequent court hearings including your trial
• Travel time to a magistrates’ court anywhere else in the UK
• Advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing, exceptional hardship claim or an appeal

Additional services are charged at an hourly fee of between £190 and £250 per hour dependent on the solicitor’s experience. These will of course be agreed with you beforehand so there will be no hidden costs and charges.

Meet the team and find out more about our motoring offences services:

Andrew Turnock: Crime Solicitor

Andrew is the founder and Managing Director of Turnocks Defence Solicitors Ltd having previously been a Partner at Beswicks Solicitors for 13 years. Andrew has over 20 years experience in defending people either under investigation or being prosecuted in the courts. He performs the complete range of Criminal Defence Services from advising suspects at the Police Station, through to representation at the Magistrates Court, Crown Court, and Court of Appeal.

Steven Cato: Police Station Accredited Representative

Steve is an experienced accredited legal representative who specialises in representing clients at police stations and preparing for court. He manages a wide range of offences including rape, public order, robbery and murder. Steve has also represented many high-profile cases including that of Premiership footballers.

Rebecca Dulson: Crime Associate

Rebecca is a solicitor specialising in criminal court advocacy and represents clients on a daily basis in the magistrate’s court. She is also an accredited police station representative and represents clients at the police station.

Charlotte Riley: Crime Associate

Charlotte has practiced exclusively in criminal law since 1995. She organises and co-ordinates our specialist crown court and magistrate teams as well as managing her own case load.

Oliver Hill: Police Station Accredited Representative

Oliver is our Police Station Accredited Representative. If you are arrested he will usually be the first person you see from our team. He will provide initial advice during the interview about bail etc.

Kate Preston: Crime Solicitor

Kate is an accredited representative and duty solicitor who specialises in motoring offences and criminal court advocacy. She also manages cases including rape, murder, the whole spectrum of driving offences, serious assault, and firearms offences.

Peter Howland: Crime Solicitor

Peter is a solicitor and specialises in criminal law and motoring offences. He qualified as a solicitor in 1979, has extensive experience as an advocate in the magistrate’s court and has been a duty solicitor since 1985.