Speeding Charge on M876 at Falkirk JP Court. Our client’s speed was recorded on a Pro Laser 111 device. There were numerous errors with the Crown case and the Crown sought another adjournment at the trial diet. Th defence argued that there should be no further adjournments and the court agreed. The Crown could not proceed with their case and following further submissions the case was deserted by the court.
Dominic Sellar has appeared in thousands of cases. What follows is a selection of cases that reflects his experience in the area of road traffic law. Although personal details have been omitted each case is verifiable. Most of the cases arose during Dominic Sellar’s employment with another firm.
- HGV Drivers & Operators
- Vehicle Defects
- Traffic Lights
- New Drivers
- Drug Driving
- Special Reasons
- Drunk in Charge
- Exceptional Hardship
- Failing to Provide Specimens
- Penalty Points & Totting-Up
- Drink Driving
- Removal of Disqualification
- Driving without Insurance
- Driving whilst Disqualified
- Mobile Phone
- Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)
- Failure to Provide Driver Details
- Careless Driving
- Failing to Stop & Report
- Dangerous Driving
Racing Charge at Hamilton Sheriff Court. Racing charges carry an automatic period of disqualification. The client was charged with racing, along with another driver, and reaching speeds in excess of 100mph. There were evidential issues with how the speed was measured by the police. A detailed expert report about where the incident took place was instrumental in persuading the Crown to reduce the charge to one of careless driving. The same report was was also important in persuading the court to refrain from disqualification. Penalty points were imposed and the client retained his driving licence.
Speeding on M8 case at Paisley JP Court. Our client was charged with speeding at 78mph on a part of the M8 which was restricted to a speed limit of 50mph. We immediately suspected that there was a problem with the Crown case because the proceedings had not been raised within the 6 month time limit. Our suspicions were correct and the case was closed with no further action being taken against our client.
Driving without Insurance case at Glasgow JP Court. Our client had been charged with driving without insurance. His policy had been cancelled by his insurers. He maintained that this was an error on the part of the insurers. Following a great deal of correspondence which was presented to the Crown the case was dismissed at the trial diet and that was the end of the matter.
Speeding on A75 and Exceptional Hardship Case at Dumfries JP Court. Our client is a HGV driver. He had pled guilty to speeding on the A75 near Castle Douglas. He had 9 live points on his licence and was facing disqualification under the totting-up procedures. He sought our help and we arranged for an Exceptional Hardship Proof to be fixed on the basis that the loss of his licence would cause exceptional hardship to himself and his family. After supporting documentation had been obtained, together with other materials the matter proceeded to a court hearing. The application was successful and the client avoided a ban.
Failing to Stop & Report an Accident at Edinburgh JP Court. Our client was involved in an accident. He was charged with careless driving,and failing to stop at the scene of the accident and also with failing to report the accident to the police. He had abandoned the car at the scene and gone home. The police found alcohol within the car and there was a strong suspicion that the driver had been drink driving. He also had a bad driving record. We resolved the case at an early stage with a plea of guilty to the careless driving charge. The remaining charges were dropped and our client avoided disqualification. This is an good example of how proper expert advice can result in an excellent outcome.
Construction & Use charges at Lochgilphead JP Court. Our client faced a number of charges relating to defects with a trailer he was towing and the condition of his motor vehicle. He was also charged with careless driving which he accepted. Following discussions with the Crown the remaining charges were dropped and our client received the minimum penalty and avoided disqualification.
Speeding case on the M74 at Dumfries JP Court. Speeding cases usually attract between 3 and 6 penalty points. However, where the speed is excessive the court can impose a period of disqualification. Our clint was facing disqualification due to the high speed that the police claimed he was travelling at on the M74 near Moffat. We presented information which allowed the Crown to lower the original speed. This amendment removed the possibility of disqualification and our client kept his driving licence when the court simply imposed penalty points.
Speeding case on the M74 at Lanark JP Court. Speeding cases usually attract between 3 and 6 penalty points. However, where the speed is excessive the court can impose a period of disqualification. Our clint was facing disqualification due to the high speed that the police claimed he was travelling at on the M74 near Lanark. We presented information which allowed the Crown to lower the original speed. This amendment removed the possibility of disqualification and our client kept his driving licence when the court simply imposed penalty points.
Mobile Phone Case at Glasgow JP Court. Our client was charged with using a mobile phone whilst driving on the A77 (M77). He denied the charge and claimed that the police had got it wrong. The case was throughly prepared with reference to maps, photographs and detailed calculations in relation to various measurements. The case was ultimately dismissed by the court at the trial diet.
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