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Driving Offences

For many people, being able to drive is an integral part of their lifestyle. Losing a driving licence can lead to loss of a job or have an impact on family life. More than 500,000 people are prosecuted each year for driving offences. We act for people facing all kinds of offences under road traffic law, but especially:

  • Careless driving
  • Drink driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • Driving without insurance
  • Failing to stop and report an accident
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Mobile phone offences
  • Exceptional hardship cases
  • Totting up (12 points on your licence)
  • Reinstatement of your licence after it has been revoked by the DVLA

It is important that you receive advice as soon as you are aware of any potential prosecution. Even if you are intending to admit the driving offence as we can often help to make sure the offences are correct and to mitigate or reduce the penalty, for example helping you to keep your driving licence.

If you receive 12 or more points on your driving licence the court will normally disqualify you for a minimum of 6 months but in some cases we can present to the court the hardship this will cause to avoid you being disqualified.


Our Fees - summary only motoring offences

As part of our commitment to the SRA Transparency, we can provide details of our service and fees for these kind of cases. Summary only cases are road traffic matters, such as drink driving or driving without insurance, which can only be heard in the Magistrates' Court

All cases will be dealt with by a solicitor, and the details of our solicitors appear on our Advocates page. All our solicitors are qualified and experienced in these cases. You will be given the name of the solicitor assigned to your case. Our fees are based on an hourly rate and our standard hourly rate for a solicitor for this kind of work is £198.00 per hour plus VAT or £296.00 plus VAT for a partner. This is on the basis that we reserve the right to substitute a different solicitor for the assigned fee earner. If you wish to guarantee a particular solicitor then we will usually charge an uplift to this hourly rate, dependant upon the experience of the solicitor, but this will be agreed with you in advance of us starting work. You will have been given a court date and we anticipate the matter concluding on that date.

We will:

  • see you in the office to obtain instructions
  • obtain papers from the CPS
  • consider the evidence and advise you on plea and likely sentence
  • advise on whether exceptional hardship or special reasons arguments should be made.
  • represent you at a single hearing
  • provide written confirmation on the outcome and an initial wirtten advice on any appeal

In our experience this will usually take 31/2 hours at the hourly rates set out above. In addition, we will charge you travel to and from court at half the agreed hourly rate for travel time from our York office.

This fee does not include any costs for obtaining any expert report or the time required to take any witness statements from defence witnesses. It does not include any preparation or representation at subsequent hearings.



  • Colin Byrne
  • Kevin Blount
  • Jacky East
  • Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks

Contact us

Howard & Byrne are available 24 hours a day. Call 01904 431421

148 Lawrence Street, York YO10 3EB

Tel:  +44 (0) 1904 431421
Fax: +44 (0) 1904 411664

The Gridiron Building
1 St Pancras Square London N1C 4AG

Tel: +44 (0) 203 714 5096


(by appointment only)

56 Gladstone Lane
Scarborough YO12 7BS

Tel: +44 (0) 1723 655000