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Speeding, Lanark, 18 January 2017, licence saved

Our client was being prosecuted for speeding at Lanark Justice of the Peace Court. The alleged speed was well in excess of 100mph and our client already had 6 live points on his driving licence. He therefore faced a potential totting-up disqualification.

We reviewed the case papers and identified a number of very narrow legal defences but we did not consider that any of them gave a better than 50/50 chance of wining the case outright. Not every speeding case requires a trial. It is a matter of assessing what you (our client) wants from the case. In this case, our client wished to remain driving and our advice was the best way to accomplish this was a Guilty plea if – and only if – he accepted what he was accused of. Our client confirmed he accepted he was speeding and we therefore tendered a Guilty plea on in his behalf.

After a full plea in mitigation, the court was persuaded to impose 5 points, notwithstanding that the speed was well in excess of 100mph. Licence saved and job done.

This case was handled by Graham Walker on 18 January 2017.