Criminal Defence - When the charges don't tell the whole story

We offer a select criminal law practice and tend to avoid acting for repeat clients in this field who are frequent visitors to the Courts. This lets us focus on hard working people like you who try to balance a busy job, the demands of family life and now find themselves facing court action. We do offer legal aid to certain clients facing prosecution but most of our criminal law clients are not eligible for legal aid in any event. We act for professionals, executives and hardworking law abiding citizens who find themselves subject to dangerous driving, careless driving, speeding or drink driving charges. We also act for those who have been charged with domestic assaults, or other assault charges where the charges against you really don't tell the whole story. Our expertise in family law often helps with our ability to deal with domestic assault charges. The criminal law charges our clients face are varied but we provide the same thorough hands-on service to all, led by our own former Procurator Fiscal, Laura McLaughlin.

Fixed Fee Road Traffic Law Consultation

£150.00 plus Vat


We offer a fixed fee consultation with Laura McLaughlin, Head of our criminal law and road traffic practice for a flat fee of £150.00 plus Vat.


Laura worked for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for ten years and has conducted hundreds of road traffic law trials in Courts all around the country. This experience could make the difference for you in letting you know your chances of avoiding conviction and the possibility of negotiating a lesser charge in return for a guilty plea. Laura has an expert knowledge of defences to road traffic law charges and how to vigorously defend you against serious charges. Laura will also discuss what sentence the Court might be likely to impose should the charge against you be proven. When you are facing the prospect of losing your licence the cost of this consultation represents a solid investment.


Types of road traffic law charges typically advised on include:


*Death by Dangerous Driving


*Dangerous Driving


*Careless Driving


*Drink Driving


*Drug Driving




Fixed Fees for representing you at your road traffic trial


We are happy to offer fixed fees for representing you at all stages of your road traffic case. This will allow you to properly budget for your legal expenses without any nasty surprises. We will be happy to discuss a proposed fixed fee at your initial consultation.


What to do if you receive a citation to Court? 


Your citation will receive a complaint, a list of the charges against you, and a letter outlining your pleading options. It is important to seek legal advice prior to signing this and entering a plea as doing so may effect any future options you have.


If you plead guilty by post you may be losing the opportunity for an experienced criminal lawyer to defend you against the charges. Alternatively you may be pleading guilty to some parts of the charges that we might be able to persuade the prosecutor to delete from the libel. If you have entered a plea yourself often it can very hard to undo the damage if you made a mistake. That's why you should make an appointment with us before making any significant decision.


White Collar Crime/Business Defence


Increasingly companies and their executives are finding themselves subject to criminal prosecutions flowing from alleged health and safety breaches and regulatory breaches. Having worked within the health and safety prosecution unit of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service itself, Laura McLaughlin is exceptionally well qualified to represent you and your business in these matters.


Early advice is vital. Please contact Laura McLaughlin on 01333 424 482

We have expertise in successfully navigating limited companies, partnerships and charitable organisations through commercial disputes regarding debt recovery, contractual disputes and intellectual property claims.


We have successfully secured settlements against many of the country's largest law firms and take pride in being the first port of call for many business in Fife and further afield when difficulties arise.


We act in Sheriff Courts across Scotland and in the Court of Session in Edinburgh. We give the same personal and professional attention to every case no matter how modest.


We offer a select practice in this area and aim to deal with matters sensitively and discreetly, always with an eye to any public relations issues which may arise.


Kirkcaldy Office

McLaughlin & Co

Evans Business Centre

1 Begg Road

John Smith Business Park



LP-19 Kirkcaldy


Tel:   01592 645 772

Fax:  01592 807 067



Leven Office

McLaughlin & Co

Fife Renewables Innovation Centre

Ajax Way




LP-19 Kirkcaldy


Tel:   01333 424482

Fax:  01592 807 067


Open Saturdays, evening appointments available.

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