Very few motorists realise the horrendous and unexpected costs in defending
such a prosecution.
Glasgow based lawyer, Graham Walker of roadtrafficlaw.com said that many
clients do not realise that The Scottish Legal Aid Board will be unlikely to
fund their defence due to the fact that Legal Aid is a means tested resource
and most motorists are likely to fall out with the financial guideline limits.
He said "When they realise how much they will require to pay to defend
their case they are often horrified."
said that it can easily cost
in the region of £2,000 to £5,000 to defend such a case depending upon how much
time the whole court procedure takes. We provide FREE online advice in the
first instance but most solicitors do not consider this to be appropriate.
People depend upon their ability to drive in these credit crunch times it is
fair to say that people are hyper sensitive to the fact that a licence can mean
the difference between a job and the dole queue.
He advises that motorists should look to their insurance company for cover in
some cases or that they make provision by joining a "Fee Discount"
scheme like his own "Trafficlawplan" He explained that after a
particularly painful visit to his dentist he noticed a scheme called
"Denplan" that would have reduced the pain of paying the dentist's
fee. He then decided to set up a similar scheme for legal fees in road traffic
cases in .
Drivers often think that their insurance policy will not cover them but it
is always worth having your solicitor look t the small print. Generally they
will not charge for checking your policy and it could end up saving you
thousands of pounds. It is unusual for an insurance company to pay for the
defence where the charge is drink driving but when the charge is failing to
provide a breath sample, for testing then they often do!