Whether your case is new or old, or moving stage-by-stage from initial enforcement through to arrest warrants, it may be possible to take your case back to court in order to either reduce your fine or remit it completely.
Having a case heard back at the court can be both necessary and beneficial, especially if your financial circumstances have changed since the conviction and fine was imposed.
Common reasons for re-opening your case at the court
- Your financial circumstances have changed since the conviction or when the fine was imposed.
- Your fine was calculated well-in-excess of an incorrectly assumed income and is unaffordable.
- Your physical or mental health impacted your ability to attend court previously.
When to seek legal advice
While it’s possible to represent yourself in court, realistically there is only so much you can do when you receive a court fine if you don’t have legal training.
It’s possible to make a case for a reduction if you can provide evidence of low income and sparse assets. We may also be able to seek non-financial penalties in lieu (for example, temporary detention for a few hours in the precinct of a courthouse).
But if you find yourself with a summons for non-payment, unpaid court fines, or consider the fine to be unlawful; you’ll need expert help.
As a highly successful firm of criminal defence solicitors, we are experts at resolving such situations. Our advice is free and impartial, and if you wish, one of our fully-qualified solicitors may be able to represent you in court.
Our services include:
- Presenting a court case with a view to cancelling a fine
- Organising and presenting a budget to the court
- Making a plea for a fine to be suspended
- Defending a non-payment of fine
If you have a low income or are on benefits, you may be eligible for legal aid. We may also be able to represent you after an application for legal aid.
For more information, contact us today, or call 0800 612 7128 (24hr)
Prior to going back to court why not give us a call to see how we can help represent you back in court.