Defending Your Rights on the Road: Legal Expertise in Driving Offences Defence

Facing driving offences can be daunting, but knowing your rights and having expert legal representation can make a significant difference. Clifford Johnston & Co. offers comprehensive legal services to defend against various driving offences. This article explores how to understand your rights, navigate financial concerns, and the specialized services provided by Clifford Johnston & Co.’s expert legal team, ensuring you have the best defence on the road.

Key Takeaways

  • Expert legal representation is crucial in building a strong defence for driving offences, and Clifford Johnston & Co. offers fixed fee representation options.
  • Financial constraints should not prevent access to quality legal advice; Clifford Johnston & Co. provides both publicly and privately funded defence options.
  • The legal team includes highly experienced motoring lawyers, Higher Rights Advocates, and Queen’s Counsel, all available 24/7 for client support.
  • Specialised services cater to a range of driving offences, including careless and dangerous driving, drink and drug driving, and exceptional hardship arguments.
  • Expert court representation at plea hearings and subsequent hearings can significantly impact the outcome, with fixed fee consultations available.

Understanding Your Rights and Building a Strong Defence

Understanding Your Rights and Building a Strong Defence

The Importance of Expert Legal Representation

Navigating the complexities of the legal system can be daunting, especially when facing driving offences. Expert legal representation is crucial in ensuring that your rights are protected throughout the process. A skilled defence lawyer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, which can be pivotal in achieving a favorable outcome.

  • Defence lawyers safeguard your legal rights
  • They provide specialized knowledge of motoring laws
  • Their strategic defence can significantly affect the case’s result

With the stakes so high, the guidance of a seasoned motoring solicitor can make all the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.

Choosing the right legal expert is not just about their track record; it’s also about their ability to understand and articulate the nuances of your case. The right representation can articulate a compelling defence, challenge evidence, and navigate the procedural intricacies of the court system.

Building an Effective Defence Strategy

Building an effective defence strategy requires a comprehensive understanding of the law and a meticulous approach to case preparation. Criminal defence lawyers must exhibit resourcefulness and critical thinking to navigate the complexities of driving offences. Key skills such as communication, negotiation, and emotional intelligence play a pivotal role in crafting a defence that upholds the presumption of innocence.

An effective defence strategy is not just about the legal arguments; it’s about understanding the client’s unique situation and tailoring the defence to reflect that.

The process involves several steps, each crucial to the outcome of the case:

  • Thoroughly reviewing the prosecution’s case
  • Gathering and analyzing all relevant evidence
  • Identifying legal and factual defences
  • Preparing for potential challenges in court
  • Strategizing on whether to negotiate or proceed to trial

Attention to detail, time management, and resilience are essential qualities that contribute to the success of a defence strategy. Continuous professional development (CPD) ensures that lawyers stay updated on the latest legal precedents and practices.

Fixed Fee Representation Options

Choosing the right representation option is crucial for managing your legal expenses effectively. At Clifford Johnston & Co., we provide transparent pricing structures to suit your needs. Our fixed fee services are designed to give you peace of mind, knowing exactly what your defence will cost upfront, without the worry of accumulating hourly charges.

Fixed fees start at \(1,500 + \300 VAT) for non-complex half-day trials, with full day trials beginning at \(2,500 + \500 VAT). For each additional day, the fixed fee is \(2,000 + \400 VAT), and for each half day, \(1,000 + \200 VAT). These rates apply to non-complex cases, and more intricate matters may incur higher fees.

It’s important to note that additional costs, such as expert reports, are not included in the fixed fee and will be discussed and agreed upon before proceeding.

For a detailed breakdown of our fixed fee services and to discuss which option aligns with your case, please contact our team. We are committed to providing you with the best possible defence without hidden costs or surprises.

Navigating Financial Concerns in Legal Defence

Navigating Financial Concerns in Legal Defence

Publicly vs Privately Funded Defence

When facing driving offences, understanding the differences between publicly and privately funded legal defence is crucial. Public funding, often known as legal aid, may be available to those who meet certain criteria, primarily based on the severity of the offence and the defendant’s financial situation. However, not all cases qualify for legal aid, and many individuals opt for private funding to ensure they have the representation they desire.

Private funding offers the advantage of choosing your legal representative and potentially accessing a higher level of service. Clifford Johnston & Co. provides transparent guidance on the options available to you, ensuring that your defence does not suffer due to financial constraints.

Our goal is to demystify the funding process and make exceptional legal defence accessible, regardless of how you choose to fund it.

Here’s a brief comparison of the two funding types:

  • Public Funding (Legal Aid):
    • Means-tested
    • Limited choice of solicitor
    • May not cover all types of offences
  • Private Funding:
    • Not means-tested
    • Freedom to choose your solicitor
    • Often provides a broader range of services

Affordable Legal Advice for Driving Offences

Securing professional legal advice for driving offences doesn’t have to be a financial burden. At Clifford Johnston & Co., we offer affordable and professional legal support tailored to your specific needs. Our team of motoring law experts is committed to providing high-quality representation that is accessible to all.

Our services cover a wide range of driving offences, ensuring that you receive the right advice at every stage of the process. From the initial police interview to court proceedings, we’re with you every step of the way. Here’s a brief overview of our legal team ready to assist you:

  • Jared McNally: Partner
  • John Galvin: Consultant – Solicitor Advocate
  • Patrick Harris: Consultant – Solicitor Advocate
  • Daimian Mullarkey: Solicitor

We understand the far-reaching consequences of a potential prosecution on you and your family. Our dedication is to build an effective defence, protecting your livelihood and independence.

For those concerned about costs, we provide clear guidance on fixed fee representation options and assess eligibility for legal aid. Our goal is to ensure that financial constraints do not impede your access to justice.

Fixed Fee and Hourly Rate Explained

When choosing legal representation for driving offences, understanding the fee structure is crucial. Our firm offers two primary payment options: hourly rates and fixed fees. The hourly rate varies based on the seniority of the legal professional, with Solicitors and Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives at

gbp300/hr, while Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals, and Executives are billed at gbp180/hr. These rates are exclusive of VAT at 20%.

For fixed fee services, the cost depends on the complexity of the case. Non-complex half-day trials start at gbp1,500 plus VAT, and full-day trials at gbp2,500 plus VAT. Longer trials and additional court appearances may incur higher fees or additional charges on an hourly basis.

It’s essential to have open and transparent communication with your legal team to ensure you fully understand the financial commitment involved in your defence.

Additional expenses, such as expert reports, are not included in the fixed fee and will be discussed and agreed upon beforehand. We also offer a means test to determine eligibility for legal aid. For a detailed breakdown of our fees and to discuss your specific case, please contact us.

The Expert Legal Team at Clifford Johnston & Co.

The Expert Legal Team at Clifford Johnston & Co.

Profiles of Our Leading Motoring Lawyers

At Clifford Johnston & Co., we pride ourselves on having a team of highly skilled motoring lawyers, each bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. Our legal professionals are dedicated to providing the best possible defence for drivers facing a range of road traffic offences.

Our team includes partners and consultants who are not only experts in motoring law but also have specializations in other areas of legal practice. This multidisciplinary approach ensures that our clients receive comprehensive legal support, tailored to their unique circumstances.

  • Jared McNally, Partner, with a focus on strategic defence planning.
  • John Galvin, Consultant – Solicitor Advocate, known for his persuasive courtroom presence.
  • Patrick Harris, Consultant – Solicitor Advocate, with a track record of successful case outcomes.
  • Daimian Mullarkey, Solicitor, who brings a fresh perspective to legal defence.
  • Estelle Parkhouse, Consultant – Solicitor Advocate, offering a meticulous approach to case preparation.
  • Elizabeth Syddall, whose attention to detail is unmatched in legal research and client advocacy.

Our team’s collective experience and individual specializations form the cornerstone of our success in defending driving offences. We are committed to upholding the rights of our clients and ensuring the best possible outcome for their cases.

Higher Rights Advocates and Queens Counsel

At Clifford Johnston & Co., our Higher Rights Advocates are seasoned professionals with extensive experience in Crown Court advocacy. They are pivotal in constructing a robust defence for serious driving offences, including those that may result in severe penalties. For cases that demand the highest level of legal expertise, we provide access to our retained Queens Counsel. Their unparalleled legal acumen is instrumental in defending against grave allegations such as causing death by dangerous driving.

Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the availability of Queens Counsel for initial advice and representation, ensuring that our clients receive the best possible defence.

The following list outlines the key roles of our legal experts:

  • Higher Rights Advocates: Specialize in Crown Court advocacy and complex legal arguments.
  • Queens Counsel: Offer strategic guidance and representation in high-stakes cases.
  • Initial Advice: Provide early case assessment to determine the best course of action.
  • Representation: Stand by our clients throughout the legal proceedings, from initial hearings to potential trials.

24/7 Availability for Clients

At Clifford Johnston & Co., we understand that legal issues don’t adhere to a nine-to-five schedule. That’s why we offer 24/7 availability to our clients, ensuring that you have access to legal support whenever you need it most. Our commitment to round-the-clock service reflects our dedication to your case and peace of mind.

  • Immediate response to urgent legal matters
  • Access to expert advice at any hour
  • Continuous support through every stage of your case

Our experienced and specialist team represent clients nationally on a day-to-day basis, ready to address your concerns and provide expert guidance outside of regular business hours.

Specialised Services for Various Driving Offences

Specialised Services for Various Driving Offences

Careless and Dangerous Driving Allegations

Careless Driving, also known as Driving Without Due Care and Attention, involves actions such as undertaking, failing to give way, or tailgating. Convictions can lead to significant penalties, including fines up to
£5,000 and 3-9 points on a driver’s licence. In cases of Death by Dangerous Driving, the consequences are even more severe, with potential imprisonment of up to 14 years and a minimum two-year disqualification from driving.

Our Motoring Law Solicitors are adept at handling the full spectrum of driving offences, from minor careless driving incidents to the most serious allegations of causing death by dangerous driving.

Understanding the nuances of each case is crucial. For allegations of causing death by dangerous driving, the Crown Court will hear the case, and the jury will determine the outcome. Our legal services include criminal defense and representation in these complex matters, ensuring that your rights are vigorously defended at every stage.

Drink and Drug Driving Offences

Facing a drink or drug driving offence can be a daunting experience, with serious consequences that may affect your livelihood and freedom. Legal experts provide specialized representation in these cases, ensuring that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. The law is clear: driving with a specified controlled drug above the legal limit, or with more than 35 mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, is a criminal offence.

The penalties for these offences are severe, including a mandatory 12-month disqualification, an unlimited fine, and possible imprisonment.

It’s crucial to understand the specifics of your charge and the defences available. Here’s a brief overview of related offences:

  • Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving
  • Defective Vehicle / Dangerous Condition
  • Failing To Provide A Roadside Breath Test / Specimen
  • Drunk/drug in charge

Each case is unique, and the defence strategy must be tailored to the individual circumstances surrounding the allegations.

Exceptional Hardship and Special Reasons Arguments

When facing driving offences, exceptional hardship and special reasons arguments can be pivotal in court. These arguments, if accepted, can mitigate the severity of penalties, such as preventing a driving disqualification. It’s essential to articulate these arguments effectively, demonstrating the significant impact that loss of license would have on the defendant’s life and on others.

  • Exceptional hardship must be more than mere inconvenience; it often involves showing how the inability to drive would affect dependents or employment.
  • Special reasons are specific to the offence, such as emergency situations, and must be directly connected to the commission of the offence.

The strategic presentation of these arguments can be the difference between a severe penalty and maintaining your driving privileges. Legal expertise is crucial in these cases to ensure that the arguments are legally sound and compellingly presented to the court.

Court Representation and Plea Hearings

Court Representation and Plea Hearings

The Role of Expert Representation at Plea Hearings

At the critical juncture of a plea hearing, the presence of a legal expert is invaluable. Expert representation can significantly influence the outcome of your case, ensuring that your plea is presented in the most favorable light. Legal professionals represent clients in court trials, hearings, and before judges, advocating, strategizing, and providing support throughout the legal process for successful outcomes.

Our team at Clifford Johnston & Co. offers comprehensive support for plea hearings, including:

  • Thorough preparation of your case
  • Articulation of any special reasons or exceptional hardship
  • Negotiation of plea terms where possible
  • Fixed fee arrangements for predictability in legal expenses

The right legal counsel can navigate the complexities of plea hearings, advocating for a resolution that minimizes potential penalties and strives to protect your driving privileges.

Understanding the financial aspect of legal representation is also crucial. For an initial plea hearing, we provide a fixed fee service. Should your case require further hearings or a trial, we offer additional fixed price services tailored to your needs.

Fixed Fee Consultation for Plea Hearings

Understanding the costs associated with legal representation is crucial when preparing for a plea hearing. Clifford Johnston & Co. offers a fixed fee consultation for your initial plea hearing, ensuring transparency and predictability in legal expenses. This approach simplifies the financial aspect of your defence, allowing you to focus on the case at hand.

For a straightforward plea hearing in motoring offences, our fixed fee is set at

Service Fee (excl. VAT) VAT Total Fee
Plea Hearing Representation

For those who may require further assistance beyond the initial hearing, additional services are provided at a fixed or hourly rate. It’s important to note that travel costs for court attendance may affect the final fee. Eligibility for legal aid can also influence your options, with a means test determining if you qualify for public funding.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring access to justice for all, offering guidance and support throughout the legal process. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your specific needs and to determine the best financial arrangement for your defence.

Subsequent Hearings and Sentencing

After the initial Magistrates Court hearing, additional representation may be necessary for subsequent hearings, including the possibility of a Newton hearing to resolve any disputes about the plea’s basis. This specialized hearing allows a judge to determine the acceptability of the plea after evaluating the evidence presented.

Clients should be aware that fees for these additional services are typically quoted on a fixed fee or hourly rate basis. It’s important to note that these fees can vary, especially if travel is required for court appearances. For those concerned about the financial aspect, our team is ready to discuss eligibility for public funding or legal aid, which is subject to a means test.

In cases of conviction, individuals and companies may face confiscation proceedings, potentially leading to significant financial penalties. The court may order the payment of the lower of either the benefit gained from the offence or the available assets. Additionally, individuals may face director disqualification for a period ranging from two years to fifteen years.


Navigating the complexities of motoring law can be daunting, but with the right legal expertise, you can defend your rights on the road effectively. At Clifford Johnston & Co., we understand the critical importance of maintaining your driving privileges and the impact a driving offence can have on your life. Our dedicated team of motoring lawyers is committed to providing professional advice and representation, ensuring that every avenue of defence is explored, from challenging evidence to presenting special reasons for leniency. Whether you require assistance with plea hearings, appeals, or representation in court, we offer both hourly and fixed fee arrangements to accommodate your financial needs. Remember, a driving offence doesn’t have to mean the end of your driving independence. For expert legal support and to safeguard your rights, contact our motoring offences team today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What legal services does Clifford Johnston & Co. offer for driving offences?

Clifford Johnston & Co. offers a range of services for various driving offences, including representation for careless and dangerous driving, drink and drug driving offences, and providing arguments for exceptional hardship and special reasons to avoid disqualification.

Can I get a fixed fee representation for my driving offence case?

Yes, Clifford Johnston & Co. provides fixed fee representation options for driving offences to defend your case effectively, ensuring that financial concerns do not hinder your access to professional legal advice.

What is the advantage of having a Higher Rights Advocate or Queens Counsel in my case?

Higher Rights Advocates and Queens Counsel at Clifford Johnston & Co. have considerable experience in advocacy, especially in serious cases such as death by dangerous driving, ensuring expert legal representation in higher courts.

Is legal advice available at any time for motoring offences?

Yes, Clifford Johnston & Co. provides 24/7 availability for clients, offering guidance and support from the initial police interview through to court proceedings.

How does Clifford Johnston & Co. handle plea hearings for motoring offences?

Clifford Johnston & Co. offers expert representation at plea hearings, with a fixed fee consultation to discuss your case. Subsequent hearings and sentencing will be managed professionally, potentially making a significant difference in the outcome.

Who can I contact at Clifford Johnston & Co. for professional legal advice on driving offences?

You can contact the expert motoring lawyers at Clifford Johnston & Co., including Jared McNally, John Galvin, Patrick Harris, and Daimian Mullarkey, who are all experienced in handling a variety of driving offence cases.

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