It is an offence in Scotland where a person fails to stop at the scene of an accident and provide details when required to do so, or where there is a failure to report an accident to the police within 24 hours of the incident occurring.
You may, however, have a defence. Seeking early legal advice from a Road Traffic specialist is highly advisable. DON’T PANIC! Even when you are guilty you have more options than you think.
If you have been approached or charged by the police or have received correspondence from the Procurator Fiscal citing you to attend court on a particular date, we recommend that you contact an expert solicitor from our Road Traffic Defence Team without delay. It could mean the difference between conviction and acquittal.
Drivers are often unsure of their responsibilities or may be affected by stress and anxiety when they are involved in a Road Traffic accident. There is also the possibility you may not have realised that you have accidentally clipped another car when parking.
Either way failing to stop or report can result in a knock on the door from the police and lead you to the prospect of losing your driving licence.
Your obligations to stop and/or report an accident can be found under section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988:
- The driver must stop and, if required to do so by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give his name and address and also the name and address of the owner of the vehicle and its registration mark;
- If for any reason the driver of the vehicle does not give his name and address, he must report the accident;
- To comply with the duty to report an accident under this section, the driver must do so at a police station or to a constable and must do so as soon as is reasonably practicable and, in any case, within 24 hours of the occurrence of the accident.
Failure to Stop or Report – Road Traffic Offence Solicitors Glasgow
Defending a case of this nature can be very difficult and requires a high level of expertise. Specialist knowledge of the appropriate case law relating to this offence and a high attention to detail are required. Our highly accomplished solicitors have proven time and time again they have the skills required to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome.
If you are convicted of any of these offences you could be facing:
- Disqualification from driving
- 5-10 penalty points
- Up to six months imprisonment
At Scullion LAW, we know that every client and every set of circumstances is unique and being involved in these matters is likely to cause you significant distress. We work hard to make sure you receive clear, uncomplicated legal advice you can trust in an open and friendly environment at all times. We also make sure your legal fees are no obstacle and are fair, reasonable, transparent and agreed in advance. We want you to focus on the matter in hand and trust us to fight your corner.
Our highly accomplished, award winning team of Road Traffic Lawyers have honed their skills defending Failure to Stop or Report cases in every Scottish court for almost 40 years. We will represent you with confidence, experience and expertise. The growth of our Road Traffic Team is testament to our solid track record of achieving successful outcomes for our clients. When your liberty, your licence, your livelihood and your reputation are at stake, it is important not to settle for second best, you need specialist Road Traffic Defence Lawyers that get results, so DON’T PANIC! Contact us now to discuss your case. #keepingyoudriving.
Contact Scullion LAW for Failure to Stop or Report Legal Advice in Glasgow, Hamilton, Paisley, Lanark & Dumfries Today
If you are being prosecuted for failing to stop or report after an accident then do not leave your driving licence to the mercy of the courts. Make sure you get the quality of legal representation you need to keep your driving licence. DON’T PANIC! Call us now. We cover all areas of Scotland including Glasgow, Hamilton, Lanark, Lanarkshire, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Inverness, Bearsden, Bothwell, Uddingston, Stirling, Milngavie & Dumfries.
Speak to our expert Road Traffic Defence Team in Glasgow on 0141 374 2121 & Hamilton on 01698 283 265 or fill out our online form and we will call you back within 24 hours. You can even send us a direct message via Facebook Scullion LAW Road Traffic Experts.
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