Mobile phone driving offences are treated seriously under the law and can result in harsh penalties. Even the most careful drivers can lose concentration if they are distracted by their mobile phone, putting other drivers at severe risk. As a result, legislation came into force in 2017 which doubled the penalties for mobile phone use while driving.
If you have been charged with a mobile phone driving offence, contact us today to discuss your options. You can call us on 01555 662576 or complete our online enquiry form, and we will be in touch to arrange an appointment.
Police have stopped me for using a mobile phone while driving - what happens next?
If you are caught using a mobile phone while driving, you will be given a fixed penalty of six points on your licence as well as a £200 fine. You will be required to attend your local sheriff court to have the penalty points recorded on your licence.
Our solicitors can assist you if you wish to challenge the account of the police officer by contesting the matter in court. We will discuss your options with you to help you decide on the best course of action. If you choose to contest the matter, the police will refer your case to the Procurator Fiscal and they will write to you within a few months to give you a court date.
Collisions while driving using a mobile phone in Scotland
If you are involved in a road traffic accident while using a mobile phone and the collision causes injury or death, you could be charged with a more serious offence. Causing death by dangerous driving can carry severe penalties, so you must seek specialist legal advice at the earliest opportunity.
What happens if I already have six or more points on my licence?
If you already have six or more points on your licence and are found guilty of a mobile phone driving offence, you will be given six penalty points, a fine of up to £1,000, and the matter will be taken to court. This fine can be increased up to £2,500 if you were driving a vehicle carrying goods or passengers at the time. You may also be disqualified from driving.
It’s important to note that if you have had your driving licence for less than two years and are charged with a mobile phone offence, your licence will be revoked. Unlike other drivers who carry up to 12 points before being disqualified, new drivers are disqualified when they receive six penalty points and will be required to pass another driving test to regain their licence.
The earlier you take action, the more opportunities we have to secure you a positive outcome.
Contact Davidson & Shirley Mobile Phone Driving Offence Lawyers in Lanark, Hamilton, Motherwell & Strathaven, Scotland
If you have been charged with a mobile phone driving offence, or a loved one is being held in custody after a road traffic accident, contact our team right away. Our experienced road traffic lawyers will respond swiftly, treat your case with discretion and defend your best interests. At Davidson & Shirley, we provide a robust and effective legal defence service that gets results. Call us today on 01555 662576 or fill out our online enquiry form and one of our solicitors will get back to you right away.