Fees - How LawyerHelp Charges

Affordable 'Pay as You Go' Legal Fees

  • An Phone/Office Appointment costs only $230 (incl GST)
  • A Court appearance at Auckland District Court costs only $230 (incl GST)
  • A Court appearance at a District Court other than the Auckland District Court costs $287 (incl GST)
  • Diversion Appeal Submissions $690 plus $575 Success if Appeal allowed 
  • 3rd of subsequent drink drive Sentencing Submissions $1150
  • Section 94 -Community Work in lieu of Disqualification $1725 (incl GST)  Can be paid in 3 installments Plus $287 Success Fee
  • Section 106 Discharge without Conviction $1725 (incl GST) Can be paid in 3 installments plus $575 Success Fee $575
  • Work/Limited Licence $920 plus court filing fee $150 or $250 filing fee if for Demerits
  • Wrap Up/Satisfaction Fee Major/Minor matter $575/$287 if we achieve the agreed goal or better result.
  • Defended Drink Drive Case (Greater Auckland)
  • - First appointment $230 (incl GST),
  • - Preparation of chronology $230 (incl GST),
  • - File preparation for defended hearing $230 (incl GST),
  • - Defended hearing Auckland District Court $1725 (incl GST).

    Complicated Cases (Fee by Negotiation)

    If your case is a complicated factual case or your instructions make it a complicated case then you and I will negotiate an agreed fee once I have obtained full police disclosure and have had an opportunity to grasp the complexities of your case. Only once this is done can I realistically assess the likely time involved and the appropriate fee.


    Work/Limited Licence Fee (demerits or drink-drive) Greater Auckland

    $920 (incl GST) if 1st Disqualification Auckland District Court otherwise $920 plus filing fee $150 (Court ordered suspension) or $250 (Demerit Suspension) before the application is filed with police). 

    A minimum payment of $230 (in cash, by EFTPOS, credit card, online bank transfer or gold nugget) is required at your first (in person) interview. At this time a draft of your personal affidavit and your employer or accountant's affidavit will have been prepared.

    A minimum payment of $230 (by credit card on phone or online bank transfer) is required to be paid within 24 hours of your phone interview if outside of Greater Auckland. At this time a draft of your personal affidavit and your employer or accountant's affidavit will have been prepared.

    All Fees must be paid 48 hours before final court hearing. 

    Opposed limited licence hearing fee of $460 plus $920 is applicable if police oppose your application due to your driving history but that you wish to continue with your application before the court. [Rare]

    Money-Back Guarantee of $460  of $920 if Limited Licence fee (applies only if it is your first disqualification or suspension) will be refunded only if the Judge refuses to grant your application.  It does not apply if for any reason you choose to withdraw your application after we have prepared it.

    A Filing Fee of $200 is required to be paid in relation to a Demerit suspension application. A Filing Fee of $150.00 is required to be paid for a Drink-drive application or other court-ordered suspensions.

    Fees may be paid by cash, EFTPOS, credit card, debit card, gold nugget or online bank transfer or by gold nugget! (you must also have a sense of humour to be one of our client!)

    Fees may be paid online to the credit of Barrister Melanie Coxon, Kiwibank Account Number 389008 0453945 00. Ensure you include your last name for reference purposes.

    Work/Limited Licence Fee (demerits or drink-drive) At any court NZ other than Greater Auckland

    My fee to prepare your limited licence application NZ Wide, deal with the police and obtain there consent to your application as well as obtain you a court hearing date is $920 plus the filing fee of $150/$250 and a lawyer agency fee if we cannot get the judge to excuse counsel being present. Normally the lawyer's presence can be excused if the police do not oppose the application.  

    You can obtain your Demerit Suspension notice by contacting the Land Transport on 0800 822 422 to arrange service of your notice or email them info@nzta.govt.nz to arrange service. Alternatively, you can visit your local police station (Auckland Central is best if you reside in Greater Auckland) and request a Section 90 notice (notice of driver licence suspension and disqualification for excess demerit points from the Senior Sergeant at the counter).

    • The part money-back guarantee does not apply in regards to s94 applications where one is seeking a community-based sentence in lieu of disqualification.

    Instructing Solicitor

    Barristers' clients need to be referred to them by a solicitor (known as the Instructing Solicitor). If you do not have your own solicitor or do not wish to use him or her, I can arrange one for you at no extra cost.

    Why choose Melanie Coxon

    Melanie Coxon:

    • Is Fast, Friendly and Affordable
    • Has 25 Years Experience
    • Immediate Appointment Available
    • Contactable 24 / 7 in an Emergency
    • Has Great Results
    • Affordable Fees
    • Easy Pay As You Go
    • Access to Top Criminal Researcher
    • Access to Top Private Investigator
    • Lawyer Help office on Albert Street is only a ½ block from the Auckland District Court

    Terms and Conditions of engagement are:

    1. Melanie Coxon holds no indemnity insurance.
    2. Melanie Coxon has had no Law Society complaints in her practising career.
    3. Melanie Coxon has her own complaints procedure available in accordance with the Client Care Rules 2008 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006. Details supplied upon engagement, at request, or online here.

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