Road Traffic


Thousands of speeding tickets are issued and thousands of speeding prosecutions are commenced every year. You would think by now that the police and prosecutions department would always act in accordance with the relevant legislation.

Challenges in the divisional court (1. See Coombes below) and cases in the local magistrates and crown courts over the past years however demonstrate that mistakes are being made.

When it can be proven that those mistakes impact unfairly upon the motorist defendant the courts can often be persuaded to acquit.

Alcohol related allegations

Andrew was at the high court in 2000 when the judgement in DPP –v- Teixiera put paid to most of the more technical defences previously attempted in drink drive cases.

It is very difficult now to challenge the workings or accuracy of the intoximeter machines at the police station.

Mistakes are still being made by police officers when conducting the ‘intoximeter procedures.  These mistakes can, in some circumstances, give rise to a successful challenge if any prosecution results.

Specific medical conditions and circumstances can still lead to successful challenges to alcohol intoximeter readings.  Each case needs to be considered on its particular circumstances and merits.

Other defences and special reasons

Duress of circumstance can still in exceptional cases result in acquittals.

In addition specific defences such as ‘post driving consumption’ and special reasons arguments based upon ‘laced drinks’, ‘shortness of distance’ and ‘emergency’ are regularly argued successfully in the local courts.


The courts are becoming more and more willing to exercise their powers to impose ‘driving disqualifications’, now often as a punishment in its own right and not just for traffic related offending.

‘totting’ or ‘penalty point’ disqualifications can often be avoided by thorough preparation and careful presentation.

Alcohol related disqualifications can in some circumstances be avoided or reduced.

Document offences

From dealing with initial requests for ‘drivers details’ to issues surrounding the revocation of ‘driving licences’ or relating to the wording of ‘insurance policies’, ‘road traffic’ legislation that on the face of it should be straightforward and clear cut is often far from it.

Private fees

In many Road Traffic cases legal aid is unlikely to be available; in that scenario we offer a service based on a fixed fee scheme depending on the circumstances and complexity of your case. An example of our typical fixed fee scheme is below;

  • Initial Advice: £200
  • Drafting a Plea in Mitigation: £150
  • Representation at Magistrates’ Court: £400
  • Magistrates’ Court Trial: £1,200

Initial advice

This includes:

  • A detailed consultation with you
  • Consideration of any documents, whether disclosed by the Prosecution or brought by you
  • A detailed letter of advice setting out the legal position and your options

Plea in Mitigation

In appropriate circumstances and for an additional fee we will, should it be necessary:

  • Draft a plea in mitigation and send it to the relevant Court; and
  • Draft a letter asking the prosecuting authority to discontinue the case or substitute a lesser charge

Representation at Court

Our standard fee to represent you at a Magistrates’ Court hearing includes all preparatory work and a conference beforehand at Court on the day of your hearing to discuss the case papers received from the Crown Prosecution Service. If for any reason you would like an additional conference prior to a hearing this can be arranged for an additional fee.

 Representation at trial

For representation at a Magistrates’ Court trial, our fee would be £1,200 for the first day of trial, which will cover the majority of Magistrates’ Court trials, and an additional fee of £600 for each subsequent day at trial should it be necessary.


Before you go before the court facing any road traffic allegation seek professional advice as to what options and arguments might be available to you.

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