Road Traffic

If there is likely to be one area of law that many people will get caught up in, then it is road traffic. Many people will find this to be their only involvement with the criminal courts. Many people will accept their guilt because they know they are guilty or they are embarrassed or too worried to query the charges.

Road traffic allegations can be notoriously complex. Even parking allegations can be complex although most people take the view the cost of disputing a parking fine is too great compared to the benefit of success. At the other end of the scale we have causing death by dangerous/reckless driving where the usual consequence is a very long term of imprisonment. Between those extremes that is a huge number of different offences and many of them carry serious repercussions with even the relatively low level offences carrying possible repercussions that are going to significantly affect you and your family if your ability to earn a living is interrupted.

On occasion people fail to understand the level of punishment that can follow a guilty plea or a finding of guilt after a trial. Taking time to ask for advice perhaps with a fixed fee interview can not only help to ensure you fully appreciate what may happen in court but we may be able to recommend steps for you to take to help you mitigate the sentence. We can appear in court on your behalf for reasonable cost when the advantage is that we are a buffer zone preventing possible adverse interaction between you and the court. It is often difficult for the lay person to understand what representations made to the court can actually make things worse.

Road traffic defending is the type of work we are very experienced at. There is no allegation we are unable to deal with. Complexity and seriousness are not a problem. We are well placed to assist people over a very wide area. Our offices in Tonbridge are very convenient for people to access with the road and rail links being superb.

For particular types of offences see our other pages.  However, remember that just because we do not list your issue separately does not mean we do not cover it. There are just too many examples to list them all.

Legal aid may be available for some aspects or road traffic law in which case we will advise on availability. In the event that the case is privately funded unless requested to provide a detailed quote or estimate which would be based on the complexity of the case we will charge at hourly rates but that we are committed to making any quote or estimates transparent and fair.

We defend cases including careless driving, dangerous driving, death cases, drink cases, Hackney carriage licences, parking tickets, speeding, whether any special reasons were prevalent when a road offence occurred such as an emergency taking place, and other road transport issues.

Private Motoring Costs for Magistrate Court Cases
If you are eligible for Legal Aid we will advise you of this and can help you to apply. However, you are unlikely to be able to obtain legal aid for driving offences which are “summary only” – meaning that they can only be heard in the Magistrates’ Court.
There are a range of summary only offences, for example:
  • Driving a vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit for alcohol
  • Failing to provide a specimen
  • Failing to stop after an accident
  • Careless driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence
For offences such as these, our hourly rates are:-
Partner – £250 per hour plus VAT
Solicitor – £225 per hour plus VAT
In some cases, we will be able to offer a fixed fee, but this is subject to an initial assessment to establish that the case is suitable which will depend upon, for example, the complexity of the case and the nature of your plea.
If your case is suitable for a fixed fee, our fixed fees for summary only motoring offences are as follows:
  • Attendance at a single hearing to deal with a guilty plea and mitigation and where travel from our nearest office is not excessive, the fixed fee cost would be £500 plus VAT.
  • Attendance at a single hearing to deal with a guilty plea and mitigation where the court is 30 minutes or more away from our nearest office,  but not more than 60 minutes the fixed fee would be £750 plus VAT
  • Attendance at a single hearing to deal with a guilty plea and mitigation where the court is more than 60 minutes the fixed fee would be £1000 plus VAT
The fixed fee arrangement is based on an estimate of around 3 hours’ total preparation and attendance time, plus representation at a single court hearing.
If we have represented you at the first hearing on a fixed fee basis and your case is then adjourned to another date, for example, for a sentence hearing, a trial or a special reasons/exceptional hardship argument, our normal hourly rate would then apply for the subsequent hearing/s unless we agree a further fixed fee for those hearings.
Should you wish to discuss a fixed fee and the option is not outlined above, we would be happy to discuss this on a case by case basis.

Contact Daniel Bonich to discuss your needs and agree a fee structure to deal with this.
Clarke Kiernan, Road Traffic Solicitors,
2 – 4 Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. TN9 1DU
Phone: 01732 360999, Fax: 01732 353835, EMAILMap