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Criminal Defence

Our dedicated Criminal Defence Team has a wealth of experience and our qualified lawyers can represent you at each stage of the Criminal proceedings process. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week – just call us on 0115 956 5000. We can represent you in relation to any Criminal offence that you are accused of.

Police Station

Advice and Assistance at the Police Station is free of charge to all – no matter how much you earn. We at Carringtons firmly believe that legal advice at the Police Station is of paramount importance and often makes the difference between whether you get charged or not. Never be afraid to ask for Carringtons to come and represent you – no matter what the time; or even if you have already been interviewed and have to go back to the Police Station on bail.

Magistrates’ Court

If you have been charged by the Police with a criminal offence, then we can represent you when your case goes to Court. We represent a large number of clients free of charge under the Legal Aid Scheme. Contact our Criminal Department and we will be able to make an application for Legal Aid on your behalf, which if granted will mean that you will not have to pay for us to represent you at Court.

If you are not granted Legal Aid, then we can still represent you on a private paying basis. Our solicitors will discuss this with you if appropriate. We offer fixed fee deals so that you know exactly how much you will be paying. What’s more if you are found not guilty and have paid us privately, you may be entitled to have some of our fees paid for you.

Crown Court

If your case is transferred to the Crown Court for trial or sentence, then we have qualified Higher Rights Advocates within Carringtons who can represent you. This ensures that there is continuity to your representation which is something we are very keen on. We also have good relationships with local Barristers should you wish to be represented by someone in particular.

Road Traffic Law

We, here at Carringtons, pride ourselves in being genuine experts in Road Traffic law and have secured fantastic results for our clients at the Magistrates’ Court. We have often successfully ensured that our clients have kept their driving licence when the Court were considering a disqualification. Contact us with any driving offences you have been accused of whether that be speeding, careless driving, using a mobile phone or driving without insurance.

With any case of a Criminal or Road Traffic nature, we provide a FREE half hour advice session. Call us on 0115 958 34 72 to arrange an appointment.

Fixed Fees for Drink Driving Cases

Part 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 requires us to provide price information for assistance in relation to summary only motoring offences.

Our Fixed fees are:-

Driving offence, guilty plea – £650 plus VAT

This includes:-

  • Attendance upon you and preparation – up to 3 hours.
  • Considering the evidence.
  • Obtaining your instructions and providing advice on mitigation and likely sentence.
  • Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court.
  • Advice in relation to any appeal.

It does not include:-

  • Taking statements from any witnesses.
  • Instructing expert witnesses.
  • Advice and assistance in relation to an exceptional hardship hearing.

The following steps (based on you having entered a guilty plea and having a date for your hearing) are:-

  • To meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened, considering initial disclosure and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary at an additional cost of £150 plus VAT.
  • Explaining court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing and the sentencing options available to the court.
  • Conducting any further preparatory work, including obtaining further instructions from you if necessary and answering any follow up queries you have.
  • Attendance upon you at court on the day of the hearing. 

Driving offence, not guilty plea, exceptional hardship, licence return cases – £1,500 plus VAT

  • Attendance upon you, preparation of proof of evidence.
  • Considering the evidence.
  • Advising you on the law and defences. Advice on exceptional hardship not to disqualify and in relevant cases, basis to apply for return of licence.
  • Advising you on the need for possible expert evidence.
  • Instruction of those experts.
  • Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court of up to one day for the purposes of trial.
  • Advice in relation to any appeal.

The fee does not include:-

  • Any further days of trial or adjourned hearings.
  • The lodging or conduct of an appeal.
  • Any experts fees.


Summary only Road Traffic offences can take anywhere from up to one week to three months to conclude.