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Losing your driving licence could have a devastating impact on you, your family and your career. With potentially so much at stake, you need clear, practical, expert motoring law advice that you can trust and at Libra Solicitors, that’s exactly what we provide.

For a confidential discussion in respect of whatever motoring offence you have been accused of, whether its speeding, drink driving, dangerous driving or another motoring offence, call us on 01223 632420 and ask to speak to Tahir Muhmood. Should you decide to instruct us, it’s Tahir who will carry out your instruction. Tahir has over 10 year’s experience in advising and successfully representing clients charged with motoring offences of all types and he is a Solicitor-Advocate, so you know that you are in good hands.

If for some reason Tahir is unable to attend court to represent you, we will ensure that an experienced Barrister or Solicitor- Advocate, who has a firm knowledge of your case will attend court with you, to make sure that you are properly represented and your interests are properly protected.

At Libra Solicitors, we make sure that all our clients are advised and represented in court by either a Solicitor-Advocate or a Barrister, so you can be sure that the advice and representation you receive is of the highest quality.

If you have been charged with any of the following offences, or have a motoring inquiry. call us on 01223 632420. Let us see how we can help.

Using a mobile phone whilst driving Careless driving Dangerous driving
Death by dangerous or careless driving Failing to provide a specimen Drug driving
Failing to stop after an accident/ failing to report an accident Failure to furnish information Reaching 12 points (totting up)
Speeding Attending the police station Drink Driving

 

*   Please note, we don’t charge for telephone enquiries, so if you have an enquiry about your case, call us now on 01223 632420, and let us see how we can help you.

Why call us?

Our clients’ opinion of our work is what drives our business forward and we have earned a reputation for delivering excellent legal advice and representation.

With our office located in Cambridge, we are able to provide our legal services to clients from different parts of England. Wherever you are based, we can travel and you can be sure that our focus is on providing you with the right legal advice when you need it most.

From the very beginning of your instruction we will listen to your concerns before we advise. Then we will give you clear, practical advice that you need to proceed with your case with confidence.

Whatever the motoring problem you face, the legal advice and representation we provide could be the difference between you keeping your licence or losing it, so call us now on 01223 632420  and let us see how we can help you. 

Our fee guarantee

At Libra Solicitors, we work on an agreed fee basis, agreeing our fees with each client at the beginning of their instruction. We do not charge our client’s a set hourly rate for the work we carry out. If the work we undertake to carry out takes longer than we anticipated, or more court hearings than we estimated are required, we guarantee there will be no further charge to the client.  By working on an agreed fee basis, each of our clients know that the fee they agreed is the fee they will pay. However, the agreed fee will remain payable in full if instructions subsequently change, or with drawn, or if the case comes to an early conclusion.

Preparing your case for court: First hearing/guilty plea/ hardship argument – Summary offences only.

At Libra Solicitors we believe that good mitigation, properly presented to the court, could make all the difference to the sentence you receive if you plead guilty to an offence, or are found guilty of an offence after trial.

If we believe that in respect of your case, there are mitigating factors or other issues that the court should take into account when deciding sentence, we will tell you. We will then prepare your case in accordance with your instructions and we will expertly present it to the court with the aim of ensuring the best possible outcome for you.

To view our motoring faqs click this link or call for a confidential discussion about your situation, call us on 01223 632420 and arrange an appointment.

Key stages of the process

  • Taking your instructions and considering the available evidence.
  • Advising you in respect of plea and if appropriate, any exceptional hardship arguments that may be possible to put forward
  • Preparing your mitigation should you decide to plead guilty and where appropriate, advising you as to the evidence you should consider presenting to the court in support of an exceptional hardship argument
  • Providing you with advice and representation at court
  • Advising you in respect of the merits of an appeal if you have pleaded guilty

What’s including in the fee we agree with you

If you are thinking about instructing us, we believe it is important for you to know what is, or is not included in the fee we quote you. The following is included:-

  • Taking your instructions, initially through telephone consultation, then in more detail through an office appointment in respect of the allegation. The fee we agree with you will includes a minimum of 2 hours person to person consultation time, although if further office appointments are necessary, there will be no additional charge.
  • Advising you in respect of the offence(s) with which you have been accused and the in respect of the court guidelines for sentencing, the court process and relevant issues such as prosecution and court costs. In addition we will also advise you of the credit you would receive for entering a guilty plea at an early stage.
  • When necessary, obtaining from the prosecution and court, the case papers and prosecution evidence.
  • Reviewing the charge and prosecution evidence and the available evidence for the defence and advising you in respect of plea. The time that we will need to take to carry out a review will vary depending on the complexity of the case and the fee we quote will reflect the time we believe needs to be taken. The more complex the case, the more time we will need to review. If we believe that expert evidence may be of assistance in your case, we will tell you.
  • Liaising with you by telephone or e-mail to take further instructions, update you in respect of your case, or to answer any queries you may have.
  • If you have decided to plead guilty, preparing your mitigation and advising you in respect of supporting documentation (where appropriate) and letters of mitigation that could assist you in your case. It may be for example, that you ask us to contact your employer to provide information in respect of whether you will lose your job if you were to be given a driving ban.
  • If applicable, advising you in respect any exceptional hardship arguments that may be possible to put forward and advising you as to the evidence you should consider presenting to the court in support of each exceptional hardship argument.
  • If relevant, contacting and obtain statements from 3rd parties or witnesses.
  • Providing you with advice and representation at court in all hearings up to and including your plea hearing. If you have decided to plead guilty, our fee includes providing you with advice and representation up to and including your sentencing hearing even if sentencing is adjourned until a further date. It is at the sentencing hearing that any exceptional hardship arguments will be heard. The fee we quote includes our travelling time to court and our waiting time at court, as well as the amount of time we spend representing you in the courtroom itself.

Please note: As it is the court that decides on the order that hearings will take place, we cannot advise you how long you will need to be at court for. We suggest that if you are attending court, you should plan to be at court for at least ½ a day. However long you have to stay at court, we will be there also.

  • Providing you with advice in respect of the merits of an appeal. Please note however, that if you decided to appeal, the cost of our advising you and representing you in your appeal will incur an additional charge.

Not included in our fees

The following is not included:-

  • The instruction of expert witnesses and their fees and disbursements.
  • Any 3rd party costs, for example, the cost a doctor may charge for providing a doctors letter, or the cost of travel for defence witnesses to attend court.
  • Prosecution costs, court costs or victim surcharge ordered by the court.
  • Fines ordered by the court.
  • Should you decide to appeal, the cost of our preparing your appeal and providing you with court representation.
  • Any proceedings you may be involved in after you have been sentenced.

The fees we quote can vary

As each case we are instructed on is different, our fees for providing advice and Magistrates court representation in respect of a first hearing, or a guilty plea, or putting forward an exceptional hardship argument, will vary from case to case. For caring out such work, our agreed fees range from £900 + 20% VAT, to £1900 + 20% VAT.

To help us determine the fee we quote, we take into account a number of factors which include but are not limited to:

  • The complexity of issues involved in the instruction we are being asked to quote on. For example, considering the evidence in respect of multiple charges may require more time than would otherwise take to consider the evidence in respect of 1 charge.
  • The location of the court before which proceedings are due to take place. Whilst we are willing and have represented our clients throughout England & Wales, if we feel that it would be more cost effective for a potential client to seek representation from a solicitor more local to the court before which they are due to appear, we will say so and let them decide whether or not to instruct us.
  • Whether or not we have to contact and obtain statements from 3rd parties or witnesses

Timescale

Generally, once you have been given a court date, your case will conclude on that day if you have decided to plead guilty, but this may not always be so as there are a number of factors that may become relevant to your individual situation.

These factors could have the effect of lengthening the time it takes to conclude your case. For example, the court may decide to adjourn sentence until a later date, or the prosecution papers may not be provided in time for us to properly advise you. In this instance we may advise you that an application to the court should be made to adjourn your court hearing from the date you were given, to a later date.

Why call us?

Our clients’ opinion of our work is what drives our business forward and we have earned a reputation for delivering excellent legal advice and representation.

With our office located in Cambridge, we are able to provide our legal services to clients from different parts of England. Wherever you are based, we can travel and you can be sure that our focus is on providing you with the right legal advice when you need it most.

From the very beginning of your instruction we will listen to your concerns before we advise. Then we will give you clear, practical advice that you need to proceed with your case with confidence.

Whatever the motoring problem you face, the legal advice and representation we provide could be the difference between you keeping your licence or losing it, so call us now on 01223 632420  and let us see how we can help you. 

Preparing your case for court: Not guilty Plea -Summary offences only / Special Reasons Hearing

Key stages of the process

  • Taking your instructions and considering the available evidence.
  • Advising you in respect of plea and where appropriate, any special reasons arguments that it might be possible to put forward.
  • Advising you as to the evidence you should consider obtaining to present to the court in support of your not guilty plea, or special reasons argument.
  • Preparing your case for trial, or the special reasons hearing.
  • Providing you with advice and representation at court.
  • Advising you in respect of the merits of an appeal.

What is or is not including in the fee we agree with you

It’s important for you to know what is, or is not included in our fees. The following is included:-

  • Taking your instructions, initially through a telephone consultation, then in more detail through an office appointment. The fee we quote is based on a minimum of 2 hours person to person consultation time. There is no additional charge to you for any further office appointments that might be required.
  • Advising you in respect of the offence itself and the guidelines for sentencing in respect of the offence, the court process and relevant issues such as prosecution and court costs. In addition we will also advise you of the credit you would receive for entering a guilty plea at an early stage.
  • When necessary, obtaining from the prosecution and court, the case papers and prosecution evidence.
  • Reviewing the charge and evaluating the prosecution evidence and the available evidence for the defence and advising you in respect of plea. Where appropriate, we will also advise you of any special reasons arguments that it might be possible to put forward. The time that we will need to undertake this aspect of a client’s instruction will vary, depending on the complexity of the case. The fee we quote will reflect the time we believe will be required and the more complex the case, for example, if there are multiple offences, the more time we will need to review.
  • If we believe that expert evidence may be of assistance in your case, we will tell you.
  • Liaising with you by telephone or e-mail to take further instructions, update you in respect of your case, or to answer any queries you may have.
  • Preparing your case for trial or the special reasons hearing and when we believe necessary, taking statements from your witnesses, or obtaining evidence from 3rd parties if it is appropriate to do so.
  • Providing you with court representation if and when it is required until you matter concludes. How long a trial, or a special reasons hearing will take will vary from case to case and the length is decided by the court. The fee we quote includes our travelling time to court and our waiting time at court, as well as the amount of time we spend representing you in the courtroom itself.

Please note: As it is the court that decides on the order that hearings will take place, we cannot advise you how long you will need to be at court for. We suggest that if you are attending court, you should plan to be at court for at least ½ a day. However long you have to stay at court, we will be there also.

  • Providing you with advice in respect of the merits of an appeal. Please note however, that if you decided to appeal, the cost of our advising you and representing you in your appeal will incur an additional charge.

Not included in our fees

The following is not included:-

  • The instruction of expert witnesses and their fees and disbursements
  • Any 3rd party costs, for example, the cost a doctor may charge for providing a doctors letter, or the cost of travel for defence witnesses to attend court
  • Prosecution costs, court costs or victim surcharge ordered by the court
  • Fines ordered by the court
  • Should you decide to appeal, the cost of our preparing your appeal and providing you with court representation.
  • Any proceedings you may be involved in after you have been sentenced

Timescale

Generally, once you have been given a date for your trial, or special reasons hearing, your case will conclude on that day, but this may not always be so as there are a number of factors that may become relevant to your individual situation.

These factors could have the effect of lengthening the time it takes to conclude your case. For example, if you are found guilty after trial, the court may decide to adjourn sentence until a later date, or the prosecution papers may not be provided in time for us to properly advise you. In this instance we may advise you that an application to the court should be made to adjourn your court hearing from the date you were given, to a later date.  

The fees we quote can vary

As each case we are instructed on is different, our fees for providing advice and Magistrates court representation in respect of a not guilty plea or putting forward special reasons will vary from case to case. For caring out such work, our agreed fees range from £1500 + 20% VAT, to £3000 + 20% VAT.

To help us determine the fee we quote, we take into account a number of factors which include but are not limited to:

  • The complexity of issues involved in the instruction we are being asked to quote on. For example, considering the evidence in respect of multiple charges may require more time than would otherwise take to consider the evidence in respect of 1 charge.
  • The location of the court before which proceedings are due to take place. We are based in Cambridge. So whilst we are willing and have represented our clients throughout England & Wales, if we feel that it would be more cost effective for a potential client to seek representation from a solicitor more local to the court before which they are due to appear, we will say so and let them decide whether or not to instruct us.
  • Whether or not we have to contact and obtain statements from 3rd parties or witnesses and the number of potential defences witnesses/ 3rd parties from who statements might need to be taken
  • How long the court has decided the length of the trial, or special reasons hearing will take.

Our reputation drives our business

“Excellent service and first class advice. Very efficient and I would definitely recommend.”

“Showed a genuine level of empathy and respect which made all the difference in the most distressing weeks of my life.”

“I could not have wished for a better outcome. I was extremely worried about going to prison.
You handled my case with exceptional professionalism. Thank you very much.”

“I was regularly informed of progress with regular communication.
Highly satisfied with service and received the best possible outcome”

“I felt I was in the best possible hands, their knowledge and care made all the difference.”

Our reputation drives our business

“I felt I was in the best possible hands, their knowledge and care made all the difference.”

“I was regularly informed of progress with regular communication.
Highly satisfied with service and received the best possible outcome”

“I could not have wished for a better outcome. I was extremely worried about going to prison.
You handled my case with exceptional professionalism. Thank you very much.”

“Showed a genuine level of empathy and respect which made all the difference in the most distressing weeks of my life.”

“Excellent service and first class advice. Very efficient and I would definitely recommend.”

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