Albeit not a drink driving defence the potential argument for “special reasons” is one which must always be borne in mind.
Drink driving is a strict liability offence and there are no partial defences to it. You are either guilty or innocent of the offence. Because of its nature there is little scope for arguing what is called “exceptional hardship” after being convicted for drink driving.
In short “exceptional hardship” is where you can submit to the court that imposing a period of disqualification will cause you and others undue, significant problems but as already stated, this is not available in drink driving cases.
What is available is an argument under “special reasons” where you can ask the court to consider the circumstances of the case and exercise its discretion. It maybe that you only drove in a real emergency or that your drinks had been spiked and that you didn’t realise you were over the limit, etc. If such an argument is accepted by the court then your sentence may be reduced.
About Caught Drink Driving
Caught Drink Driving is part of Millars Solicitors who are a specialist firm of road traffic and drink driving solicitors who represent motorists all over the country.
Formed by Carl Millar, Millars Solicitors has adopted his dogged tenacity and exacting technical understanding of motoring law. Before starting Millars Solicitors, Carl was employed as the head of department for some of the most high profile motoring law firms in the country. He is a member of the Society of Motoring Lawyers and has an enviable nationwide reputation for the results he gets for his clients.
Through representing a wide range of people you will find Carl and his team very approachable and never judgemental. Their advice is straightforward and will leave no stone unturned in pursuing all available defences in presenting your case.
If you have been caught drink driving you can contact Carl today on 0800 99 5535 or your can send a confidential email by clicking here. If you need to speak to a drink driving solicitor out of office hours than please call the 24 hour emergency line on 07855 806119.