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Dominic Sellar We are expert road traffic lawyers representing motorists in every court throughout Scotland. No matter where you are, so long as your case is in Scotland, we can provide you with expert advice and representation. Our success in defending motorists is clearly reflected in the hundreds of reviews we have received from our clients. Have a look at the reviews below and see why we are the right solicitor for you and your case.

We are specialist road traffic solicitors representing clients throughout Scotland for every type of motoring offence. My brother recently used the services of Dominic Sellar & Co for a traffic offence, and we're very glad he did! The charges against him were dropped, in no small measure down to the expertise of Dominic. Wouldn't hesitate to.

From the start to the end Mr Sellar came Cross as a highly intelligent man and it wasn't until in the courtroom the real level of his intelligence and knowledge for traffic law shone through.Recently hired Dominic for a speeding charge I recieved.

read more › Dominic Sellar has been a practising court solicitor since 1997. Throughout his career Dominic has successfully defended motorists charged with road traffic offences throughout Scotland. He has developed an excellent reputation and has been regularly instructed by hundreds of law firms throughout Scotland to represent their clients at court. He has also been widely instructed by other road traffic lawyers to look after their clients. Dominic has represented people from all walks of life and backgrounds including police officers and fellow solicitors.

read more › The Court Process The initial Stages If a driver has been charged with a road offence or refused a Fixed Penalty the police will send a report to the Procurator Fiscal (PF). The PF is responsible for the prosecution of. Your mobile phone is buzzing away in your pocket and you know that you shouldn't check it. But the lights are still red and no one's moving. You'll just check it quickly then stick it straight back in your pocket. The kids are screaming from the back seat, the phone is buzzing in your pocket and you're trying to remember what you were supposed to pick up from the store on your way home from work.

read more › Any driver involved in a road traffic accident must stop and provide their details. If a driver does not comply with this requirement he must report the accident to the police as soon as reasonably practicable and, in any case, within 24 hours of the accident. Accordingly, two separate offences can arise following an accident. A driver who fails to comply with these duties is guilty of an offence under section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The penalties for both offences are the same, namely points within the range of 5 to 10 together with a fine of up to 5000.

read more › The law provides the police with wide powers to ascertain the identity of the person driving a vehicle at the time of any alleged motoring offence. Frequently referred to as the "172 Requirement" the police can require the registered keeper of a vehicle to identify the driver of the vehicle at a particular time. The requirement also extends to anyone else who is able to provide relevant information about the identity of a driver at a particular time. Failure to provide information about the identity of a driver at a particular time, when required to do so by the police, is an offence under Section 172.

read more › It is an offence to exceed the speed limit that applies to a particular class of road. In practice, however, it is unlikely that a driver will face prosecution if he has exceeded the speed limit by just a few miles per hour. It is not a defence that you only exceeded the speed limit momentarily in order, for example, to complete an overtaking manoeuvre. However, there are a number of defences that may secure an acquittal. Special Reasons may also exist that allow the court to refrain from endorsement or significantly reduce the penalties.

read more › A person is not permitted to use a hand held mobile phone while driving and the law has created a specific offence to cover this situation. However, where it is alleged that use of a mobile phone resulted in a loss of proper control or danger then charges under Careless Driving or Dangerous Driving may be brought with significantly increased penalties that could result in disqualification. Even the use of hands-free devices can result in prosecution if the use of such a device causes a driver to drive poorly.

read more › The offence is committed in any circumstances where a person drives any motor vehicle during a period of disqualification imposed on him by a court. Only a court of law can impose a period of disqualification. Disqualification takes effect immediately from the moment it is imposed by the court. Following a period of disqualification, it is necessary to apply to DVLA for the return of your driving licence. Subject to certain time limits an application can be made for removal of disqualification before the period of disqualification is due to end.

read more › It is an offence to use a motor vehicle on a road or public place, such as a car park, without insurance coverage. To be charged with this offence it is not necessary that the motor vehicle was being driven. If it is parked on a road or other public place insurance is required. Even if a vehicle is kept off the road it still requires to be insured unless a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) has been made to the DVLA. It is also an offence to cause or permit any other person to use a motor vehicle without insurance cover.

read more › A person is guilty of an offence of drink driving if he drives or attempts to drive a motor vehicle on a road or public place when the proportion of alcohol in his breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit. Attempting to drive covers situations where there is evidence of an intention to drive even if the car remains stationary. Drink driving is clearly a serious offence, but it is one that is committed by people from all walks of life. For the most part the offence is isolated and out of character.

read more › Penalty points can be endorsed on your licence for a variety of offences. The actual number of points that may be endorsed on your driving licence will depend on the type and gravity of the offence in question. For serious contraventions penalty points can be substituted for an instant ban. If a driver accumulates 12 or more points within a three year period he will be disqualified for a minimum period of 6 months under the totting-up provisions. This period increases to 12 months if the driver has been previously disqualified and to two years if he has previously been disqualified on more than one occasion.

read more › Failing or refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine when required to do so by the police and, without reasonable excuse, is an offence. The Preliminary Test or Roadside Test is the first stage in assessing whether a driver is over the legal limit for alcohol or under the influence of drink or drugs. In assessing whether someone has been drink driving the test is usually carried out by means of a handheld electronic device. Where the police suspect a driver is under the influence of drugs a Field Impairment Test may be used.

read more › It is an offence to be "in charge" of a motor vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit. For a conviction under this section it is not necessary for the prosecution to prove that you were driving or attempting to drive. Rather, this offence can be committed where the vehicle is stationary and in circumstances where there is no immediate intention to drive. The offence usually arises when the police find someone sitting or sleeping within a parked vehicle after having consumed alcohol. It is also an offence to be in charge of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

read more › It is an offence to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle whist unfit through drugs. A person is unfit if their ability to drive is impaired as a consequence of taking drugs. The impairment can be brought about from use of illegal drugs, legal highs and even prescription medication taken legitimately. It also includes any other substance that causes impairment to a person's ability to drive. For serious contraventions of this offence a community based disposal or imprisonment can also be imposed.

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