No Insurance / Special Reasons at Glasgow JP Court. The client was charged with driving without valid insurance. At an evidential hearing Dominic Sellar successfully established that there were Special Reasons not to endorse the client’s licence with any penalty points because the client had a genuine and honest belief that there was insurance cover for the car in question. The court agreed and no points were endorsed.
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.
Dangerous Driving charge at Glasgow JP Court. The client was charged with speeding on the M8 and aggressive driving by tailgating and under taking other motorists. He was facing mandatory disqualification of 12 months. He instructed Dominic Sellar to negotiate a plea with the Crown to reduce the charge from Dangerous Driving to Careless Driving. Having presented case law the Crown amended the original complaint and reduced the charge to Careless Driving. He avoided disqualification and penalty points were endorsed on his driving licence.
Dangerous Driving at Lanark Sheriff Court. The client was originally charged with Dangerous Driving by driving at a speed of 130mph on M74. Due to evidential issues about the accuracy of the speed measuring device used by the police Dominic Sellar was able to persuade the prosecution to accept a plea to the lesser charge of Careless Driving and a much reduced speed. Following further representations the Court imposed a fine and 8 penalty points.
Mobile Phone & Seat Belt offences at Coatbridge JP Court. The client pled guilty to using a mobile phone while driving and not guilty to the other offence. He had 9 live points and his job depended on his ability to drive. As he was facing disqualification under totting-up procedure we arranged for an Exceptional Hardship Proof to be fixed. Following evidence the application for Exceptional Hardship was established. The Court imposed a further 3 points but did not disqualify on the basis that loss of his licence would cause Exceptional Hardship.
Speeding on M8 at Glasgow JP Court. With 9 live points on his licence the client was facing disqualification if convicted of another road traffic offence. At the trial diet the case was deserted and no further proceedings were taken.
Traffic Light Offence at Glasgow JP Court. The client was charged with running a red light. He was stopped by the police. He denied the charge and was acquitted after trial and found not guilty.
Speeding offence on M74 at Lanark JP Court. The client was charged with driving at an excessive speed on M74. Following representations to the court he avoided disqualification when penalty points were imposed.
Speeding Offence at Glasgow JP Court. Charged with speeding on M77 near Glasgow at 32mph over the speed limit a period of disqualification could not be ruled out. Following representations penalty points were imposed and the client kept his licence.
Mobile Phone offence at Cumbernauld JP Court. With 9 live penalty points on his licence the client was facing disqualification and loss of his job if convicted of using his mobile phone while driving. The court found him Not Guilty after trial.
Speeding on M74 at Glasgow JP Court. Despite driving at 30mph over the speed limited on the M74 the client avoided disqualification when penalty points were imposed by the court following representations by Dominic Sellar.