A recent case saw a young 19 year-old driver, at risk of losing his licence and job, being accused of Dangerous Driving under S2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. If convicted, the client would have been subject to a mandatory ban for at least 12 months and a hefty fine.
One of the most common questions we get from new clients accused of committing Road Traffic Offences is “What chance do I have... It’s the word of Two Police against me?”.
As Award Winning Road Traffic Solicitors, we spend every day in court proving that misconception to be entirely false.
Police witnesses are trained in giving evidence, and regularly appear at court giving evidence. As such, you can expect that the standard of evidence given by police officers will be much higher than most civilian witnesses. Notably however, police receive no special status in court, and like civilians witnesses, they too can get it wrong. This is where the benefits of choosing a Specialist Road Traffic Lawyer come into play. Our solicitors are adept at cross-examining experienced Police witnesses, and derailing the Crown case against you.
A recent case we undertook saw a young 19 year-old driver, at risk of losing his licence and job, being accused of Dangerous Driving under S.2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. If convicted, the client would have been subject to a mandatory ban for at least 12 months and a hefty fine.
The substance of the charge was that while he was in Glasgow City centre, dropping some friends off at Bamboo in West Regent Street, the police believed him to have been speeding, failing to stop at red lights and driving dangerously through the busy streets on a Saturday night, causing pedestrians to take evasive action to avoid being hit.
At the start of the case, the Procurator Fiscal offered our client the opportunity to plead guilty to a lesser charge of Carless driving. The client however was so adamant that he had not driven in the manner libelled by the police, that the matter proceeded to trial.
At trial, the police witnesses were cross-examined by one of our expert Road Traffic solicitors and it became clear that the police were relying on the sound of the exhaust to infer that the car had not stopped. In fact, only under cross examination did it become clear that the accused’s car had been fitted with a specialist, extremely loud exhaust- something the police officers failed to mention in examination in chief, but which formed a critical adminicle of evidence in the defence. The police perception of speed was in fact more attributed to the sound of the vehicle, rather than their observations of the vehicle. This combined with other consistencies in the police version of event resulted in the client being acquitted of the charge entirely, as our solicitors had successfully created enough doubt in the mind of the Sheriff to prevent a conviction.
The client was not only delighted his innocence was upheld, but his licence and livelihood were saved.
If you find yourself in a similar position, DON’T PANIC! Call us now.
If you have been accused of a Road Traffic Offence, DON’T PANIC! Contact us without delay and before taking any action. It may save your licence and livelihood. We cover all areas of Scotland including Glasgow, Hamilton, Lanark, Lanarkshire, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Inverness, Bearsden, Bothwell, Uddingston, Stirling, Milngavie & Dumfries.
Call our expert Road Traffic Defence Team in Glasgow on 0141 374 2121 , West End on 0141 374 2121">0141 374 2121 & Hamilton on 01698 283 265 or fill out online form and we will call you back as soon as possible. You can even send us a direct message via our Scullion LAW Road Traffic Experts Facebook page.