Do I need a solicitor in a magistrates' court?
For less serious cases, you may not need a solicitor.
But if the case is more serious and there's a risk of prison, or if you don't agree that you committed the offence, it's essential you get qualified legal advice from a solicitor.
The Criminal Law Solicitor's Association can help you find a solicitor in your area. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to pay for legal advice.
Can I go to prison if I don't pay my fine?
You can go to prison if you don't pay a fine, but this usually only happens as a last resort.
Prison is usually only a risk if the court has tried all other ways to get you to pay or if you've refused to pay. A court can give you a suspended committal to prison instead. This gives you one last chance to pay the fine and avoid prison.