Everything You Need To Know About Hiring a Speeding Solicitor…
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If you’ve found us then it’s likely you’ve received a Notice of Intended Prosecution for allegedly breaking the speed limit, and are looking for Speeding Solicitors who can help defend your speeding ticket?
The good news is that if you’ve been caught speeding, you’re in the right place.
If you need help now, you can give us a call on 01843 232 791.
If You’ve Received an NIP:
– have no points on your driving licence and want to keep it that way;
– have 9 points and are facing a driving ban;
– have been pulled over by a Police Officer and are facing prosecution for speeding, or looking at a dangerous driving charge…
It’s essential you get the right legal advice, and the right representation if you need it.
Common Questions about using Speeding Solicitors:
Below, we’ll answer the most common questions we get from Drivers about using a speeding solicitor to defend you.
It’s really not as complicated as you may think when faced with the potential of losing your driving licence :- )
Should I get a Speeding Solicitor?
If you want to have a fighting chance of defending your driving licence then we strongly advise you do use a specialist motoring offence solicitor.
If — on the other hand — you don’t drive very often and aren’t too worried about losing your driving licence, then you may be better to just accept the speeding fine and the associated points and fine…
If you’ve had a clean driving licence for 3 years or it’s your first ever speeding fine then you might be able to get a speed awareness course, which — although inconvenient for many people — would mean no penalty points on your licence.
However, if you already have points on your licence and/or you rely on your driving licence, you’ll seriously want to consider getting help from the best speeding solicitor you can find.
Ultimately only you can decide, but what I will say is that in my (extensive!) experience, you have a much better chance of a successful defence if you use a speeding solicitor.
Is it worth fighting a Speeding Ticket?
In my opinion, YES, it is worth fighting a speeding ticket, so long as you believe you have a good chance of success.
It’s important to seek advice from a professional speeding solicitor so that you understand the pros and cons, however.
Can I get Legal Aid for a Speeding Offence?
New Members often ask if they can get legal aid to pay for a speeding solicitor.
The answer is almost certainly… NO!
Legal aid is almost never granted for speeding offences — or for other types of “non serious” driving offences for that matter.
For “serious” driving offences like drink driving, driving while disqualified and dangerous driving, legal aid might be available under some circumstances.
If you’re facing a genuine risk of going to prison then it should be available.
However to actually get legal aid, the Court will insist that you are means tested. The only way you’ll get a definitive answer is by speaking to a professional in motoring law…
What should I tell my Speeding Solicitor?
Due to Client Privilege, you can tell them anything you like!
However, if you tell a solicitor that you are guilty of any offence, they are duty bound by SRA (Solicitors Regulatory Authority) rules to advise you to plead guilty!
The same goes for speeding… If you tell your solicitor that you were driving, and the the speed you are accused of driving at is correct, they must legally advise you to plead guilty.
This is an important point! We’ve heard many times of drivers who aren’t very legally savvy who immediately tell their solicitor they are guilty, and are then outraged when the solicitor advises them to plead guilty.
If a speeding solicitor were to advise otherwise they could be stripped of their licence to practice and potentially end up in prison!
The first question that most people ask us straight away when they call for help is:
How much does a Speeding Solicitor cost?
Well, generally speaking, they’re not cheap, which is why DriveProtect was created :- )
There have been countless articles over the years of “celebrity speeding solicitors” who’ve got their wealthy clients off speeding tickets with extremely high fees!
Typically, the better success rate a speeding solicitor has, the more they will charge.
As with all professionals, the hourly rate of lawyers can vary a lot, however a common lower end cost for a speeding solicitor might be in the region of £200/hour!
With an initial consultation, case preparation and then representation at Court (if necessary) this cost can REALLY ramp up to way beyond what most “normal” people can afford, hence the need for DriveProtect.
What’s the Difference Between DriveProtect and Going Direct to a Speeding Solicitors?
DriveProtect was created to give Members access to top quality speeding offence solicitors, but at a fraction of the cost of going direct.
How do we do that?
In two ways:
The speeding solicitors we use give us a significant discount on their fees because we send them so much work.
Essentially it’s a bulk discount. Our Members get a discount on the solicitors fees because we put so much work from DriveProtect Members their way.
Imagine the analogy of a tyre garage. If they call their wholesaler to order a new set of tyres for your car, they will get very different pricing than if you called that same wholesaler and ordered them yourself directly!
DriveProtect is a collective of Drivers in England and Wales who all “chip in” to help defend each other in the form of a small Membership fee.
How much does it cost?
If you don’t already have an outstanding NIP (and haven’t just been flashed by a speed camera) then you can join with a significantly reduced Joining Fee of just £59. If you then get a speeding ticket / NIP in future, we pay for the speeding solicitors costs (minus a small £100 excess).
If you do have an outstanding Fixed Penalty Notice or NIP, the joining fee is just £195. There is no additional cost for advice and if you decide to go to Court, the excess is just £600.
When you consider that a lower end hourly rate for a speeding solicitor might be £200/hr (and this can go MUCH higher), I think you would agree this is extremely good value for money!
How to contact us for help with your Speeding Ticket:
You can either give us a call on 01843 232 791 during normal business hours (if we’re on the phone just leave a message and we’ll call you straight back) or contact us by email here.
We’re looking forward to helping you fight your speeding charge!
All the best,