Court Representation for All Motoring Offences
We can represent you in court if you are facing a driving offence
Our solicitors are genuine motoring offence specialists.
Lucy Whitaker has many years experience representing drivers accused of motoring offences in the criminal courts.
If you instruct us, Lucy will put forward a persuasive argument on your behalf. Her approach is concise but thorough.
Types of court representation
We will discuss the options available to you which may include:
- written representation or
- representation in person by a solicitor.
When is written representation possible?
Written representation may be appropriate where you are facing a relatively minor motoring offence. Examples include speeding, careless driving, driving without a licence, failing to give driver information or driving without insurance.
We frequently prepare letters of mitigation in response to Single Justice Procedure Notice. It is often possible to persuade the court to sentence you without the need for a full court hearing.
The advantages to written representation are that:
- it keeps your legal fees down, and,
- avoids you having to take time off work to attend a court hearing, and,
- in most circumstances you have nothing to lose because the worst that will happen is that the hearing is adjourned for you to attend.
Ideally, everyone would be able to afford to have a solicitor represent them at court. However that is not always possible.
Written representation may also be used with more serious cases such as drink-driving if you do not have the budget to pay for a solicitor to attend court. You would still need to attend court, but you can be confident to that we have made the court aware of all of the mitigating circumstances.
Do I need a solicitor to attend court with me?
It is always advisable, but whether personal representation is essential will depend on a number of factors including the nature of the offence, whether you are pleading guilty or not guilty and the purpose of the court hearing.
Even for those who are used to public speaking, court can be a daunting place. Many people find that they are too nervous to express themselves as they would like. Others are unclear which points they should make to the court to improve the outcome.
Having an experienced solicitor like Lucy attend court with you can significantly reduce your stress levels. You will be safe in the knowledge that you have an experienced advocate speaking to the court on your behalf.
Does it look worse if I have a solicitor come to court with me?
No, it will not look worse. If anything, it should convince the court that you are taking the matter very seriously. It will not make you look guilty.
We have even represented other solicitors in court who do not have a background in criminal law.
Can you represent me at a trial?
Yes, and we strongly advise you have representation for a trial.
It is important to have a specialist solicitor is because we know the law inside out. We can actually save you money by getting the right result. Appealing a conviction or sentence is usually more costly than representation at the original hearing.
There are also many rules concerning evidence and court procedure which must be adhered to. Some of these rules can be quite technical, and if you do not understand them, you are likely to make a mistake.
We have seen many unrepresented defendants try to present a trial on their own without success.
At the very least, we recommend that you seek advice on how to conduct your case in advance of the trial.
You may be surprised at our competitive prices.