Last week I was having an email back-and-forth with a Member who used DriveProtect recently to represent him at Court.
He left us a glowing review after the successful defence for a speeding ticket on the M6, so I emailed him to say thanks and we got chatting…
I don’t often get to hear about the intricate details of Members cases because of “Solicitors Regulatory Authority” rules, which state lawyers aren’t allowed to disclose information about cases to anyone outside of their law practice — even to their Client (DriveProtect)!
That’s the reason that DriveProtect can’t make specific claims about success rates, which is REALLY annoying, but I guess that’s life…well, regulation anyway :-)
Of course Members themselves can disclose whatever they want (what a free World we live in! ;-) about what happened in Court, and this was one of those occasions:
Police caught lying in Court!
The Member — Matt — sent me a long email, explaining how happy he was with the result he got at Court.
He told me that he thought it was a “seemingly hopeless situation” and that he was expecting to receive at least a one year driving ban if he hadn’t had such skilled representation.
But what stuck out in the email to me was how — according to Matt — the Police had LIED IN COURT to try to get him convicted!
The police officer ‘exaggerated’ the circumstances of how long it took him to catch Matt up, and gave a detailed account of how bad the weather conditions were.
According to our man, these were both flat out lies, designed to sway the Magistrates to think of him as a dangerous driver, and so increase the likelihood of a them convicting him!
Anticipating this, the lawyers had already performed checks with the Met Office, to see what the weather was actually like at that time and on that day.
…I guess you know what’s coming next :-)
It completely contradicted what the police officer had said and totally discredited the his entire statement!
In Court, once a witness — in this case, the police officer — is found to be lying (or…ahem…”mistaken”) about something in their statement, the credibility of their entire testimony can be called in to question.
Police officers are generally considered by Courts (especially Magistrates courts in my experience) to be ‘whiter than white’ and they will always be believed over a non Government Enforcer like you or me.
But when they are caught in a lie, that goes straight out of the Court window :-)
I remember a few years back, we had another Member who was in Court for speeding.
The Policeman said that the driver was also not wearing a seat belt — again, presumably to portray them as a dangerous driver and increase the likelihood of a conviction…
But when questioned by the solicitor on how he knew the driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt, he replied that he could “see the shiny metal buckle near the drivers shoulder” as the car was approaching him.
Anticipating such an argument, the lawyers had photographic and video evidence to show that it was impossible the buckle could be seen if the seat belt wasn’t being worn, because it fell to the bottom of the seat due to the force of gravity!
Again, on that occasion the testimony of the “mistaken” Police Officer was thrown out, as was the case.
I’m sure that some Police lies have cost people dearly, which is quite distressing when you think about it — particularly when lies are used to help convict people for more serious “offences”…
But when it comes to Motoring Law, perhaps the best thing for your defence is a lying Policeman! ;-)
All the best,
P.S. If you’re a BTST Member but not a Member of DriveProtect, I’d urge you to consider becoming one. You can call Mem on 01843 232 791 to join or get answers to any questions you have. Don’t forget to ask for the BTST Member Discount!
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