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8th February 2017

BB Law recently dealt with a ‘Laser Jammer’ case. Our client’s case was concluded at York Crown Court on 7th February 2017 when our client narrowly avoided an immediate custodial sentence Read more ….

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11th August 2016

This client instructed BB Law a few days before his trial.  We persuaded the prosecution to drop the s.172 charge (which carries a large fine and minimum of 6 points) in return for a guilty plea to the original minor red-light offence.  This was potentially a difficult task because the red-light offence was well over […]

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BB Law offer a range of fixed fees, these are the most popular

  • Guilty Plea & Sentence – from £795 (Representation at court for guilty plea and sentence)
  • Not Guilty Plea & Trial – from £895 (Preparation for trial and representation during trial hearing including sentence if found guilty)
  • Exceptional Hardship Argument – from £895 (Preparation of your argument and attending court to represent you)
  • Advice Only – from £250 (Specific & detailed written advice)
  • Letter of mitigation – from £295 (Bespoke letter drafted to suit the circumstances of your individual case)
  • Appeal to Crown Court – from £1295 (Preparation for appeal and representation at Crown Court during appeal hearing)
  • Initial Advice – FREE OF CHARGE (Please email the details of your case to bb@bb-law.co.uk)

If you would like to take advantage of the FREE initial advice service provided by Bobby Bell then please email bb@bb-law.co.uk with as much of the following information as you can –

  1. Your name and a brief summary of your case.
  2. A copy of any paperwork you have received from the police.
  3. The first two pages of the Single Justice Procedure Notice or Summons, together with any statements or exhibits that came with it.
  4. A copy of your card part driving licence including the rear of the photo card.
  5. Details of any current endorsements that are on your driving licence.

See below for full details of the fixed fees BB Law offer. These fixed fees are based on straightforward cases being dealt with by a magistrates’ court or crown court located within Cheshire, Staffordshire or some parts of Greater Manchester. BB Law can still represent you if your case is being heard at a court outside these areas but please check whether a higher fee will apply for some distant courts.

(1) Advice only (magistrates court cases) - from £250

What work is included for this fee?

  • Consideration of the prosecution evidence
  • Taking your instructions
  • Advising you of any defences that may be available to you (including technical defences)
  • Advising you about whether to plead guilty or not guilty
  • Advising you about what the likely sentence could be
  • Advising you about whether a Totting Up disqualification could be avoided by, for example, advancing an Exceptional Hardship argument
  • Advising you about any other relevant factor or issue in your particular case

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) You must provide all the prosecution papers that you have to me via email, fax or post.
  • b) I will advise you via telephone and confirm that advice in writing.
  • c) Having received my advice you can then decide whether to take advantage of one or more of my other services detailed below.

Fee
From £250

(2) Guilty plea and sentencing (magistrates court) - from £795

What work is included for this fee?

  • If you have decided to plead guilty then I attend court with you or instead of you if you prefer (as long as you are not on Bail). After entering your guilty plea I mitigate on your behalf to secure the best sentence for you. I then advise you about whether or not to appeal against the sentence.
  • If there is more than one offence and/or you are at risk of a discretionary disqualification or disqualification under the Totting Up provisions then a higher fee would apply.
  • If you are not happy with the outcome, decide to appeal and you have been disqualified, then for no additional fee I will make an application to the court for your disqualification to be suspended pending the outcome of your appeal.

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) The fee quoted may increase depending on the location of the court and the nature of the case.
  • b) The outcome of the case and advice on appeal will be confirmed to you in writing.

Fee
From £795

(3) Exceptional Hardship argument - from £895

What work is included for this fee?

  • I prepare your Exceptional Hardship argument and attend court with you to advance the argument and try to persuade the court not to disqualify you from driving or disqualify you for a period shorter than the relevant minimum Totting Up disqualification
  • If you have already pleaded guilty or been found guilty and the court has told you they are considering disqualifying you then this is probably one of the only options you will have of keeping your driving licence
  • This fee also includes advice on appeal
  • If you decide to appeal and you have been disqualified then for no additional fee I will make an application to the court for your disqualification to be suspended pending the outcome of your appeal

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) The law actually says that any mitigating circumstances (that are not to do with the offence itself) can be argued to try and persuade the court not to impose a Totting Up disqualification, however, in reality ‘Exceptional Hardship’ is the argument that is most commonly used to avoid a Totting Up disqualification.
  • b) If you have already successfully argued Exceptional Hardship within the last 3 years then you can’t use those same grounds again, you can however, rely upon different grounds.

Fee
From £895

(4) Letter of mitigation to the court - from £295

What work is included for this fee?

  • If you have decided to plead guilty then I write to the court on your behalf putting forward your mitigation with the aim of securing the most lenient sentence

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) The law requires the court to give consideration to what is written in this letter before deciding on sentence.

Fee
From £295

(5) Special Reasons argument - from £895

What work is included for this fee?

  • I prepare your Special Reasons argument and attend court with you to try to persuade the court not to impose penalty points or disqualification even when the offence carries obligatory endorsement (usually carries penalty points) or mandatory disqualification
  • If your special reasons argument is unsuccessful and you become liable to be disqualified under the ‘Totting Up’ provisions then, if appropriate, I will advance an Exceptional Hardship argument on your behalf for no extra fee
  • If you decide to appeal and you have been disqualified then for no additional fee, I will make an application to the court for your disqualification to be suspended pending the outcome of your appeal

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) A special reasons argument can only be advanced if you accept that you are guilty of the offence but there was a very good reason why you committed it, for example, you drove a very short distance in a genuine emergency whilst over the drink drive limit.

Fee
From £895

(6) Trial (magistrates court) - from £895

What work is included for this fee?

  • I attend court with you and your witnesses if you have any, we then test the prosecution case and present the defence case with the aim of persuading the court that the case against you has not been proven and therefore that you are not-guilty of the allegation
  • If you are found guilty and during sentencing you become liable to be disqualified under the Totting Up provisions then, if appropriate, I will advance an Exceptional Hardship argument on your behalf for no extra fee
  • This fee also includes advice on appeal
  • If you decide to appeal to the crown court and you have been disqualified then for no additional fee I will make an application to the court for your disqualification to be suspended pending the outcome of your appeal

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) This fixed fee is for a straight forward trial at the Magistrates’ court with one live prosecution witness and one defence witness. Trial preparation is included in the fee. The fee is based upon the preliminary plea and trial fixing hearings being dealt with via letter, in the unlikely event that attendance is required at additional hearings then an additional fee may apply for each additional hearing.
  • b) If you are found not-guilty, then the court should agree to a refund of some of your legal fees

Fee
From £895

(7) Trial of issue (Newton Hearing) (magistrates court) - from £895

What work is included for this fee?

  • I attend court with you and your witnesses if you have any, we then test the prosecution case and present the defence case with the aim of persuading the court that you should be sentenced on the basis of how you say the offence happened rather than how the prosecution say it happened
  • If during sentencing you become liable to be disqualified under the Totting Up provisions then, if appropriate, I will advance an Exceptional Hardship argument on your behalf for no extra fee as long as you have brought any necessary supporting evidence to court with you
  • If you decide to appeal to the crown court and you have been disqualified then for no additional fee I will make an application to the court for your disqualification to be suspended pending the outcome of your appeal

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) This fixed fee is for a straight forward trial of issue at the magistrates’ court with one live prosecution witness and one defence witness. Preparation is included in the fee. The fee is based upon the preliminary plea and trial fixing hearings being dealt with via letter, in the unlikely event that attendance is required at additional hearings then an additional fee may be required for each additional hearing attended.

Fee
From £895

(8) Application to suspend your disqualification pending appeal - from £295

What work is included for this fee?

  • I draft the grounds for the application and make the application in writing
  • The crown court can suspend your disqualification pending the outcome of an appeal even if the magistrates’ court have refused to grant an application to suspend disqualification

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) If you want/need me to attend court in person to make an oral application to the court then an additional fee would apply.
  • b) There is no guarantee the application will be successful

Fee
From £295

(9) Appeal to the crown court against sentence - from £1295

What work is included for this fee?

  • I attend the crown court with you and represent you during the appeal hearing
  • This includes an appeal to the crown court if the magistrates’ court has rejected your exceptional hardship argument

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) Includes drafting and lodging notice of appeal, preparation for appeal and 1 x court attendance.
  • b) If your appeal is successful then the court may agree to refund some of your legal fees

Fee
From £1295

(10) Appeal to the crown court against conviction - from £1295

What work is included for this fee?

  • I attend the crown court with you and represent you during the appeal hearing. If your appeal against conviction is unsuccessful and you also want to appeal against the sentence that was imposed at the magistrates’ court then this fee may also include everything that is included within fee (9)

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) Includes drafting and lodging notice of appeal, preparation of appeal and 1 x court attendance.
  • b) This fixed fee is for a straight forward appeal with one live prosecution witness and one defence witness.
  • c) If your appeal is allowed (you are found not-guilty), then the court should agree to refund some of your legal fees

Fee
From £1295

(11) Application to re-open a case, which has been concluded - from £895

What work is included for this fee?

  • I arrange for the court to list a hearing, which I then attend on your behalf (or with you) and make an application to the court to re-open your case
  • If you attend and decide to plead guilty immediately after the case is re-opened then usually the case can be concluded that same day
  • Even if you want to plead guilty to the offence it may still be in your interests to re-open it so that you can ask the court to sentence you in a different way than it had done

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) There must be a good reason to re-open the case.
  • b) There is no guarantee that the court will agree to re-open your case.

Fee
From £895

(12) Application for early removal of disqualification/early return of driving licence - from £995

What work is included for this fee?

  • I arrange for a hearing to be listed and then attend court with you and make an application to the court for the early removal of your disqualification

Any restrictions/notes?

  • a) You need to have been disqualified for more than two years.
  • b) If your disqualification is less than 4 years then the application can be made from 2 years after the date of disqualification.
  • c) If the disqualification is for more than 4 years but less than 10 years, then the application can be made after half the period of disqualification has been completed.
  • d) In any other case, application may be made 5 years after the date of disqualification.
  • e) The court may also charge you a fee for the application.
  • f) The application must be made to the court that disqualified you and if that was the crown court then a higher fee may apply.
  • g) There is no guarantee that the application will be successful.

Fee
From £995

Occasionally BB Law may decline to deal with a case on a fixed fee basis, for example, if the case is particularly complicated or is unsuited to a fixed fee approach. In these circumstances a variable fee (hourly rate) approach may be suggested.  Sometimes it may be possible to combine both a fixed fee and variable fee approach for different stages of a case.

If you are being prosecuted for a road traffic offence then you may be tempted to attempt to represent yourself, perhaps with the assistance of websites such as PePiPoo.com.  This is fine in principle but bear in mind that often the key to getting the best result is good tactical awareness combined with the ability to present your argument/mitigation/defence in a convincing, persuasive and compelling way.  This is where investing in the expertise and experience that BB Law offers can pay dividends. Have a look at our Google Reviews or our Trust Pilot Reviews to see just a few examples of how experience, tactics, powers of persuasion and a thorough knowledge of the law can make the difference between you keeping or losing your licence.

BB Law is a solicitor’s firm, which specialises in representing drivers facing prosecution for road traffic offences.  The firm can represent you if you are being prosecuted for offences such as speeding, drink driving, drug driving, drunk in charge, fail to provide specimen, s.172 failing to identify driver / fail ID driver / fail to provide driver information, careless driving, not in proper control of vehicle, using mobile phone whilst driving, dangerous driving, no insurance, driving without a licence, causing death by careless driving, causing death by dangerous driving, fail to stop after accident, fail to report an accident, fail to stop for PC, using vehicle in dangerous condition, bald tyres / insufficient tyre tread.

BB Law can advise you on the minefield of issues and defences that can and regularly do arise, including the following – notice of intended prosecution within 14 days, information laid within 6 month time limit, proof of driver’s identification, how likely you are to be convicted (found guilty), calibration of speed detection equipment, speed cameras reliability, reliability of speed detection equipment, road signage, availability of speed awareness course as alternative to prosecution, availability of driver improvement course as alternative to prosecution, availability of traffic light awareness course as alternative to prosecution, totting up disqualification, length of totting up disqualification (6 months, 12 months, 2 years), mandatory or discretionary disqualification, 12 month or 3 year minimum disqualification for drink driving / alcohol related driving offences, avoid disqualification through magistrates discretion not to impose totting up disqualification through mitigation such as exceptional hardship argument, avoid penalty points through a special reasons argument, what amounts to special reasons, magistrates’ court sentencing guidelines for level of fine, length of disqualification, defences to using a mobile phone whilst driving including – emergency use, what amounts to driving, which devices are prohibited, whether you are allowed to hold a mobile phone whilst driving, whether you can use a mobile phone for a non interactive purpose (dictaphone function, viewing photos, checking the time), penalty for not being in proper control of a vehicle, what a s.172 notice requires the keeper to provide, what a s.172 notice requires a non-keeper to provide, whether to accept a fixed penalty offer, how many penalty points you can / will likely get, whether you may be able to avoid disqualification from driving, how long you have to pay the fines, prosecution costs orders, mandatory victim surcharge, defence costs orders, wasted costs orders, Criminal Procedure Rules, application for early return of driving licence and much, much more!

BB Law is a specialist road traffic law firm, it is not a road traffic law department within a general criminal defence solicitor’s firm.

BB Law is based in Cheshire but regularly attend magistrates’ courts and crown courts throughout Staffordshire, Manchester, West Midlands, Liverpool, Wirral, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.

Specific magistrates’ courts, which BB Law are able to attend to represent drivers who are being prosecuted for motoring offences, include but are not limited to the following – Crewe magistrates court, Newcastle-under-Lyme magistrates court, Warrington magistrates court, Runcorn magistrates court, Chester magistrates court, Stafford magistrates court, Cannock magistrates court, Wirral magistrates court, Kidderminster magistrates court, Bootle magistrates court, Burton upon Trent magistrates court, Derby magistrates court, Bradford magistrates court, Burnley magistrates court, Blackpool magistrates court, Shrewsbury magistrates court, Wolverhampton magistrates court and many more.

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