Alex Hughes : My name is***** and I'm happy to help with your question today. I need to ask you some preliminary questions to be able to help you.
Alex Hughes : Why did they want you to pull over in the first place?
They said I was speeding at 46. I was travelling on a stretch of road that I am unfamiliar with, I've since found out that it's notorious for having its speed limit chop and change and people are always getting caught on it. I entered the road when the speed limit was 50 mph. They claim it was on a stretch set at 30.
Alex Hughes : Have they prosecuted you for either speeding or fail to stop?
I am being prosecuted for both. I accept that I must have been speeding. It's the other offence that I'm more worried about. I don't want to go to court, but if I plead guilty how will it affect my life and career?
Alex Hughes : Failing to stop for a police officer attracts a fine only. No points. Speeding on the other hand carries points. Both are, of course, criminal offences and could appear on a DBS check. I have never known a person in your position to be sacked for what are relatively minor traffic offences.
That makes me feel a lot better. I should have mentioned that I live in Scotland - Scots Law is different but would you imagine things to be quite similar here?
Alex Hughes : I would hazard a guess that the Teaching Council has more serious issues to consider than someone with motoring offences.
Phew! I think I am just blowing things out of proportion in my head and imagining myself being disqualified from driving and losing my job. I called a local solicitor and he said that I shouldn't plead guilty because in his eyes I am not guilty. However, I don't want to go to court and in my mind the easiest thing would be to plead guilty. The other thing that Ikeep thinking about it if someone googles my name - will the court case show up? I'd be horrified if it did.
Alex Hughes : The Road Traffic Act 1988 applies in Scotalnd although the procedure for dealing with criminal cases is different. The same penalties apply.
That's good news then.
Alex Hughes : If you fight the case the costs and fine will increase if you lose. However, by pleading guilty you keep the court costs, including any legal costs, to a minimum. Thr solicitor is right - if you're not guilty you should fight the case. But sometimes you have to take a pragmatic view of things.