Guilty but Innocent

GRA Carnet sin PuntosA man was advised by his lawyer to plead guilty to driving with no points even though he was sure that his licence was valid. It turned out that he was right.

It’s a good job that the sentence term was not severe and that he only had to do 20 days community service because if he had done prison time it would have been a different matter.

What had happened was that there was a database error on the DGT’s computers which indicated that he had lost the 12 points on his licence, making it invalid. This was the information that the Guardia Civil based their ‘denuncia’ on.

This was in July 2014, but now six years down the line, almost, the Tribunal Supremo has annulled the sentence because it was based on the said computer error.

It was on the 3rd of July 2014 when he was pulled over at a routine traffic-control point. He hadn’t committed an traffic offence – his driving was completely in order, as was the mechanical and legal state of his car… but the officers told him, that his licence became invalid on the 29th of April that year after he had lost the last of his points on his licence. He assured them that this was not the case, but the police told him that this was the information that they had, so that was that.

Hours later he went through a fast-track hearing where his court-appointed lawyer advised him to plead guilty and thus obtain a lighter sentence.

After completing the 20-day community service, he set about digging into why the police database was wrong using judicial procedures and worked his way right up to the Supreme Court, which decided in his favour.

(News: Metropolitan Area, Granada, Andalucia)

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