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Your Legal Costs

Conferences

Conference at 4:00PM or 5:00PM Monday to Friday are $350.00 for up to one hour. Weekend conferences are $450.00. Conferences at other times are $400.00. This is because I prefer to see people after I finish court.  How to book a conference.


Pleading Guilty

The cost will vary depending on whether or not your licence is at risk, or whether you are at risk of jail, or you are in breach of a suspended jail term or in breach of an ICO. The range is $1000 for the simplest of cases, and over $2,000 for more complicated cases, including the initial conference fee.

 

Defending charges

A day in court defending traffic charges usually costs between $3,500 and $4,500, including all the usual preparation and research. Prior to the contested hearing date there are always preliminary steps which require court appearances which can add around $700 to $1500 to the cost of defending a charge. Please read about the court process to understand the different types of court attendances that are required.  The total cost of fighting a charge all the way to verdict is usually in the range $4,500.00 to $6,000.00, and can be more if additional adjournments are required. Resolving a case prior to a contested hearing can cost from $2000 to $4500 depending on what is involved. My written fee agreement sets out legal fees in more detail.

In many cases, if you are successful in your defence, the court can order that the prosecution pay all or some of your legal costs.


Typical Legal Costs

Examples of legal costs you might incur are:

  1. $350 for a one hour conference and advice (at which point you will find out if the defending the charge has any reasonable prospect of succeeding, and what alternatives are available to you), or
  2. About $1,900 for conference and advice, plus appearance at court for the Summary Case Conference to negotiate a resolution to the case, then presenting a plea of guilty in mitigation of penalty if the case resolves, 
  3. About $5,500 for conference and advice, plus appearance at court for the Summary Case Conference, plus appearance at court to defend the charges at a hearing, including all preparation as well as presenting a plea in mitigation if any charges are found proved, and including lodging an appeal and seeking permission to drive pending appeal if the appeal is filed on the same date as the sentence was imposed.


Extra expenses

Extra costs can occur if your case involves:

  • unusual adjournments
  • expert witness reports
  • lengthy legal research and written submissions
  • dealing with multiple charges laid by multiple informants
  • travel and accommodation
  • subpoenas or affidavits
  • written memorandum of advice
  • interlocutory applications
  • recovery of legal costs from the prosecution
  • attendance at police stations
  • transcription of tape recordings
  • excessive photcopying, photography, printing or courier costs
The above fees are for a barrister representing you in court, not a solicitor.


Payment Options

All legal fees must be paid by credit card, cash or bank transfer as each step in the proceeding is completed.


 

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