What should I do if I've received a court summons?


Whether you ultimately decide that you need to instruct a solicitor or not, it’s best to get advice as soon as possible. The longer you leave it, the less time you’ll have to prepare for the hearing and it could be that your legal costs increase too.

If you’ve received a Summons, please get in touch with us, and we’ll provide you with the information you need in order to decide how to proceed. Depending on the circumstances, it may be that you don’t even need to attend court.

We can check to see if there are any errors or defects in the Summons which could mean that the prosecution.

This obviously depends on the offence you face. It also depends on whether there are any aggravating or mitigating features. The Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines provide guidance to the courts when deciding what penalties to impose.

Sometimes it's possible to persuade the prosecution to withdraw an offence before it reaches a court hearing or a full trial. This will depend on the nature of the defence and whether it can be substantiated without the need for a trial. It also depends upon whether it would be in the public interest for the prosecution to proceed.

Solicitor Lucy Whitaker has years of experience assisting drivers who have received a Court Summons. She will discuss your case with you and talk you through your options.

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