Dangerous Driving From Dumbarton To Glasgow
Our client was accused of a fairly lengthy incident of dangerous driving which he denied. There was a front seat passenger and it appeared that his driving was not too bad and we would be able to defend the charge successfully.
During the course of the case the front seat passenger became unwilling to assist and would have been hostile had we proceeded with citing her.
The charge was at the higher end of dangerous driving and included driving erratically, at excessive speeds, weaving in and out of traffic, undertaking and a lot more. When we received the disclosure statements the strength of the Crown case was impressive. In such circumstances and in the absence of a defence witness a reality check has to take place. The trial could have been won but the more likely outcome objectively speaking would have been a guilty verdict. If convicted the disqualification would have been around the 24 month mark.
We advised on client to consider a plea of guilty to try and minimise the damage.
We spoke with the Fiscal and managed to have substantial portions of the charge removed.
The case called in an empty COVID-compliant Court on 17th August 2020 at Dumbarton.
Our Mr Simpson took off his mask and addressed the Court in mitigation. The Court agreed with his submissions and restricted the disqualification to the statutory minimum of 12 months. Our client was also fined £375.
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