Exceptional Hardship In Glasgow JP Court
Our client, a shopkeeper whose business has struggled for a number of years due to the opening of new supermarkets nearby, was in danger of striking a fatal blow to it as he already had 11 penalty points on his licence and faced allegations of both speeding and using a mobile phone whilst driving. Conviction for both would ensure he was banned for at least 6 months under the ‘totting-up’ provisions, however if we were able to secure an acquittal in one of the cases then that would leave us able to argue ‘exceptional hardship’ against disqualification.
Over the course of many months, this is what we achieved. Having disposed of the speeding allegation with our client being found not guilty, and then successfully arguing that a ban would bring such hardship to both his business and family, he left court chastened but having retained his driving entitlement.
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