Failing to Stop

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What is failing to stop?

The law states that if you have been involved in an accident or hit another car or an object, you must stop at the scene of it. If you were unable to stop at the scene of the accident, you must report it to the police. If you have caused damage to someone else’s property and cannot access the owner, you must report it to the police within 24 hours. If you have been charged with failing to stop, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland. 

I failed to stop; what happens now?

The consequences of the offence can vary, depending on the severity of the offence. If you have been charged with failing to stop, you will likely face 5-10 points on your licence and an unlimited fine. If you caused harm to another individual and failed to stop, depending on the severity you can also face a prison sentence or driving ban. 

Failing to report is commonly connected to failing to stop, and if you are charged with both, you are more likely to face a more severe sentence. If you have failed to stop after hitting another car, this likely risks another individual’s, depending on the severity of the damage caused, the consequences will vary. 

If you caused damage to someone else’s property, you should try to identify who the owner is; make them aware of the damage caused and exchange details. If you cannot identify the owners of the property, you must report the incident to the police within 24 hours.

Depending on the severity of the offence, you can face fines, points and penalties on your licence. For more severe offences, you can also face driving disqualifications which can be a huge inconvenience to your daily life, especially if you need to drive daily. 

Defences for hit and run charges 

There is a range of defences that our solicitors can use to help lower your charges, and the defences can vary depending on each case. If you would like to find out how our experienced solicitors can defend your case, contact us now, we provide a free initial consultation. Common defences for hit and run charges include: 

  • Determining whether the accident occurred on private property or public. 
  • Proving that you actually did stop at the time of the accident has occurred and exchanged details. 
  • Proving that you were not aware that the incident happened at the time.
  • Proving you were not driving at the time of the accident 

The defences to defend your charges depend on each individual case, if you would like to find out how our solicitors can assist you with your case, contact our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland now. We understand that these offences can come with some hefty fines and penalties, this is why we will use our knowledge and experience to defend your case to the highest possible standard, ensuring you come out with the best possible outcome for your case in the most stress-free and easy way. 

Have you been charged with a motoring offence?

If you have been charged with a motoring offence or just simply need advice, contact our friendly team now for a free consultation. Our solicitors have years of experience in motoring offences, and we will ensure you are well informed of your possible options and the best options for you to take. 

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