We are often asked by potential clients who contact us about their motoring case, “Can I not just represent myself? Do I really need to hire a lawyer for this?”. This is however a very difficult question to answer without us coming off as salesmen just trying to secure a sale. The simple answer is that any non-lawyer can go to court, tell their story, and plead guilty, or even try to defend the motoring charge themselves and plead not guilty. And it very may well be that in either situation the person representing themselves may get a decent result in their favour. However, for every case that does end with a happy ending for a person representing themselves, we receive hundreds of enquiries where the client represented themselves and then have come to us to ultimately pick up the pieces.
We understand that when you are facing motoring prosecution, the last thing many people want to think about is spending money to hire a lawyer. But the consequences of representing oneself at court could cost far more than the fees we charge. For many, to answer the question of whether you should hire a lawyer or not we would propose you weigh the costs of instructing us, to the value of what you could potentially lose if you are unsuccessful. Perhaps more important than even this, what value do you put on the peace of mind of handing over your case to experts in their respective fields.