Dangerous Driving at Dumfries Sheriff Court. Our client was charged with dangerous driving (Section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988) by driving at excessive speed on the A75. As a consequence he was facing the loss of his licence for a period of at least 12 months and an order to re-sit his test. Having investigated the case we were able to persuade the Crown to accept that the driving did not amount to dangerous driving. The charge was reduced to speeding and our client retained his licence when penalty points and a fine were imposed by the Sheriff.
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.
Speeding offence at Glasgow JP Court. Our client was charged with driving at 43mph within a 30mph zone. His speed was recorded by the police on a laser gun (Unipar SL700). He disputed the speed and the case was scheduled for trial. In short, his defence was based on the fact that he had just pulled away for a junction and could not have reached the alleged speed at the point claimed by the police. Simple distance, time and speed measurements supported his position and following representations the Crown decided to take no further action and the case was dismissed.
Dangerous Driving Offence at Stirling Sheriff Court. Following a head-on collision on a country road, our client was charged with Dangerous Driving by driving on the wrong side of the road and in the face of oncoming traffic. There were multiple injuries to both drivers and their passengers. Following investigation Mr Sellar was able to persuade the prosecutor to accept a plea to the lesser charge of Careless Driving. This was a very significant reduction and our client avoided mandatory disqualification. Following representations the court dealt with the matter by way of penalty points and a fine.
Driving without insurance case at Glasgow JP Court. Our client was stopped by the police for a routine check. She was driving someone else’s car. She thought she was insured, but she was not. She relied on a statutory defence. Following representations and supporting documentation over a number of court dates Dominic Sellar was able to ensure the case was deserted and no further proceedings were taken. No conviction. No points.
Mobile phone offence at Hamilton JP Court. Following representations the prosecution accepted a plea of not guilty and no further proceeding were taken.
Dangerous Driving charge at Hamilton Sheriff Court. Our client was charged with Dangerous Driving by driving at twice the speed limit on the M8. He was facing a significant period of disqualification and the loss of his driving job as a consequence. On the day of trial we were able to bring the prosecution’s attention to several issues relating to how the police measured the alleged speed. This allowed the prosecution to accept a lesser charge of Careless Driving, which our client accepted without hesitation. He avoided disqualification and the loss of his job when the court was persuaded to deal with the matter by way of penalty points.
Construction & Use and Insurance Case at Edinburgh JP Court. Our client operates a business and was charged with causing and permitting another person to drive his HGV with a invalid licence and no insurance. He was also charged with offences under Construction and Use Regulations relating to defective brakes, steering and trailer equipment. He had 9 live points and was facing disqualification under totting-up provisions. He denied all charges and following an evidential hearing the prosecution accepted his pleas of not guilty to all charges.
Exceptional Hardship Case at Ayr JP Court. Following a conviction for speeding the client was facing disqualification under totting-up procedure. His application for Exceptional Hardship was granted by the Court and he avoided disqualification .
Speeding offence at Glasgow JP Court. Following representations at the initial stages of these particular proceedings the Crown decided to take no further proceedings.
Speeding Offence at Falkirk JP Court. Charged with speeding on M9 and with 9 live points Dominic Sellar represented a client who was facing a period of disqualification under the totting-up procedures. At the trial diet we identified a problem with the Crown case. The Crown sought to remedy the problem by seeking another adjournment which we asked the Court to refused. The Court agreed, dismissed the case and no further proceedings are to be taken.