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Leslie Franks May Be Able to Help with Your Means Testing

If you’ve been invited to the court for a means test or “means hearing” then get in contact with us prior. We can help represent your case and potentially reduce or remit your fine completely. If fine remittal is not possible, we can ensure via a means test that your fine is reduced substantially.

What does a means test look like?












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Why do I need to do a means test?

A means test provides the court with information about your financial circumstances. This is important as it helps the court to decide on what level of fine to impose based upon your financial circumstances. Without a means test the court may make assumptions about your income, which can quite often lead to significantly higher fines than what would have been issued prior. These fines are often completely disproportionate to the original offence and can snowball.

With a means test, the court no longer has to make assumptions on your finances and can therefore impose a more reasonable fine.

What happens if I refuse to do a means test?

You have a statutory obligation to provide this information when requested by the court. Failure to provide this information is considered an offence which may lead to greater penalties and/or imprisonment.

What happens if I provide the wrong information?

It is imperative that you provide the correct information. Providing wrong or false information is also a criminal offence which can lead to greater penalties and/or imprisonment.

What is a means test hearing?

A means test hearing is a request from the court for you to attend the court to provide the information required for a means test.

What does a means test hearing look like?

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