Drunk in Charge case at Lanark Sheriff Court. The client was found within his motor car. He was breathalysed and found to be over the limited. He relied on a statutory defence and was found not guilty after trial.
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 Stirling JP Court. The client had pled guilty by himself and was facing a 6 month ban under totting-up procedure. His work did not depend on his driving licence and grounds for an application for Exceptional Hardship were weak. He instructed Dominic Sellar to appear with him at court and seek a reduced period of disqualification. Materials and authorities were placed before the court which persuaded the court to impose a short term period of disqualification.
Dangerous Driving offence at Stranraer Sheriff Court. The client was charged with dangerous driving by losing control while driving at speeds in excess 70mph in a residential area. Having heard evidence over two days the Sheriff acquitted the client and found him not guilty.
Dangerous Driving on M8 at Paisley Sheriff Court. Charged with Dangerous Driving by undertaking, tailgating and switching lanes in the face of obvious dangers and causing another driver to take evasive action to avoid a collision the client was facing a minimum 12 month ban. His job depended on his licence. Having carried out an inspection of where the incident took place we were able to persuade the Crown to delete most of the aggravating elements of the charge and accept a plea to the lesser charge of Careless Driving. Penalty points were imposed and Disqualification was avoided.
Drunk in Charge at Paisley Sheriff Court. The client was found by the police sitting in the drivers seat of his car with the car keys whilst under the influence of alcohol. He avoided disqualification for this offence when the Sheriff imposed 10 penalty points.
Careless Driving Charge at Fort William JP Court. The evidence against the client was that he had lost control of his vehicle while attempting an overtaking manoeuvre causing his vehicle to collide with an oncoming car, causing injury to himself and other road users. In these circumstances, disqualification looked certain. Following discussions with the prosecution a version of events which reflected the client’s position was agreed. The Court refrained from disqualification and endorsed his licence with 6 points.
Speeding Offence on M74 at Lanark JP Court. The client was charged with driving at an excessive speed on the M74 where disqualification looked certain. With careful consideration to the timing of the plea and the representations put before the court he avoided disqualification with penalty points being endorsed on his licence.
Drink Driving at Dumfries Sheriff Court. The client was charged with driving while twice over the limit. He also had a previous conviction for drink driving. In these circumstances he was fortunate to receive the minimum period of disqualification of 12 months. That period was also further reduced to 9 months on completion of the drink drivers rehabilitation scheme
No Insurance charge at Dumfries JP Court. Following lengthy proceedings and discussions the Crown were persuaded to take No Further Proceedings and the case was deserted.
Speeding Offence on A9 at Inverness JP Court. The client was charged at driving at an speed on the A9 in excess of 100mph. His livelihood depended on his licence. Following representations at an early stage in the proceedings the crown were persuaded to accept that the client was driving at a lower a speed. The client kept his licence with the imposition of 6 penalty points on his driving licence.