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Professional, efficient, friendly and reassuring. I could not have asked for better and I would be happy to recommend that other people instruct your firm. Your knowledge of road traffic law is clearly superior to standard criminal law firms and I would say that it is even superior to the police3 and the Procurator Fiscals.
, Stirling JPC

When i was charged with ‘Drunk in charge of a vehicle’ I didn’t know what to do or who to contact. Fortunately I’ve known one lawyer for a number of years so contacted him immediately. I explained my situation to which he replied immediately ‘ If there’s anyone that can help you its a personal friend Graham Walker’. Obviously at first i was dubious of such a high recommendation so quickly but it soon became apparent it was the right choice. Living on a small island on the west coast of Scotland isn’t practical at the best of times never mind trying to win a court case with your lawyer, the court and residence all in different places. Having said this Graham and his team weren’t phased by the logistics in the slightest and pressed on with the case straight away to a fantastic standard. One of Grahams juniors Simone travelled to the scene of the incident to photograph the scene,interview witnesses and appreciate the logistics of the offence. Simone couldn’t be faulted in any aspect of the investigation. She went through everything with a fine toothed comb and came across genuinely on my side of the argument and determined to get the best outcome possible.Knowledgeable and professional throughout, Simone is a real credit to Graham and Road traffic law as a company. Graham Walker drove 3 hours to get to court for the case not to go on trial and he didn’t bother in the slightest. Again, the main concern was my case and getting the best possible outcome. The second time he made the 3 hour drive the trial went ahead. It was at this time i witnessed him stand in front of the court room and ‘grab the bull by the horns’ so to speak. With his eloquent manner and calm demeanour it wasn’t long before the fiscal and witnesses were on there back feet wondering what to ask next. This was the theme from the outset and subsequently he won the trial with an impressive portfolio of questions and techniques. Graham,Simone and I’m sure the rest of there colleagues at Road Traffic Law are exceptionally well educated in the given department and couldn’t provide a better service. If anyone has been charged with a road traffic offence theres only one company that will give you the service and confidence to win your case and thats road traffic law. Impeccable service form start to finish.
, West Coast Of Scotland
Road Traffic Lawyers is rated 5/5 based on 63 testimonials.

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Endorsement Guide

Driving licence endorsements are not always simple and straight forward. Always ask a lawyer if you are unsure about any of the advice and information provided here. It is FREE and you can do so right now. Penalty points run from Date orf Offence until Date of offence therefore there is no point in delaying proceedings in a vain attempt to beat the points totting up provisions.

Driving licence endorsements, disqualifications, convictions and acceptance of fixed penalties payments in respect of driving offences are notified to DVLA by the courts. The details are entered on to the driver’s record and the licence returned to the driver to show penalty points and date of conviction.

In Scotland you will not be disqualified in your absences but penalty points can be endorsed on your licence in your absence. Therefore you can deal with certain road traffic cases by letter and avoid the necessity of attending court. The copy complaint or citation that you receive can seem a little confusing as it suggests, even in cases where disqualification can be expected that you can send in a letter pleading guilty. You can send in the letter but where the court considers that a personal appearance is necessary they will defer sentence and write to you requiring your attendance. If you have tendered a guilty plea by letter and received a letter requesting your attendance then you would be wise to consult with a solicitor as it is likely that the court wish to consider disqualification.

In addition to paying a fine or a fixed penalty the drivers licence will be endorsed with a penalty ranging from 3-11 points or a period of disqualification will be imposed, depending on the seriousness of the offence. Any driver who incurs 12 or more penalty points within a 3-year period faces automatic disqualification under the under “totting -up” system. Clients often ask us to consider delaying their case to wait for their current penalty points to come off their licence.

As far as “Totting up” goes please note that the points on your licence run from “offence date to offence date” therefore there is no point in causing any delay. On the contrary there are often many good reasons to deal with a case promptly wherever possible.

Information on a driver’s entitlement and endorsements are sent to courts and police on request. We have a full list of the penalty points that apply in Scotland.

Endorsements must remain on a licence for 11 years from date of conviction if the offence is : They are relevant to the court disposal for 10 years eg. If convicted of a second drink drive offence within 10 years of the first then court MUST impose a ban lasting AT LEAST 3 years.

  • drinking/drugs and driving (shown on the licence as DR10, DR20, DR30 and DR80).
  • causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink/drugs (shown on the licence as CD40,CD50 and CD60).
  • causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis (shown on the licence as CD70).

or 4 years from date of conviction if the offence is as listed below :

  • reckless/dangerous driving (shown on the licence as DD40,DD60 and DD80),
  • offences resulting in disqualification.
  • disqualified from holding a full licence until a driving test has been passed.

or 4 years from the date of offence in all other cases however as far as “Totting up” procedures go the relevant period is 3 years from date of offence to date of offence.

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