Your driving licence is probably the most important document you have that you take for granted every day. That is until it is taken away from you through drink driving. Losing your driving licence can also mean losing…
In March 2015, the Government introduced a new offence of drug driving to work alongside the offence of drink driving. The premise behind the new offence was to specify driving limits for both specified…
Not giving a specimen or not one that can be properly tested can, in itself, result in a prosecution. The law has made it clear that it will not allow drink driving cases to be frustrated on the basis that someone has not given an evidential sample…
The expert medical evidence required is called a “back calculation” and the expert will be able to tell the court whether you would have been over the drink driving limit at the time of you driving or not. In making their calculation…
These evidential and procedural challenges are not mere “loop holes” to be exploited by the defence but the strict rules that all prosecutions must abide by to ensure that everyone is tried fairly on the correct evidence…
There will normally be two evidential samples of breath taken, one at the roadside and a second and more accurate one taken at the police station after your arrest. The evidential breath sample taken at the police…
Drink driving offences carry some of the heaviest punishments of all driving offences, and the courts take a dim view of any related offence. A disqualification is obligatory, and this makes it vital that you have an experienced and qualified drink driving solicitor fighting your case. An expert solicitor can help fight for acquittal, and although no extreme hardship claims can be used in defending a drink driving case, it may be possible to argue special reasons; even though you would still be found guilty of the offence of drink driving, the court may not impose any punishment so that it may be possible to retain your licence and avoid disqualification.
Driving while under the influence of excess alcohol is not the only drink driving related offence that will usually lead to automatic disqualification. The courts take a serious stance when prosecuting drivers for failing to provide a specimen, while being drunk in charge of a vehicle means that it is possible to receive a driving ban even if you did not get behind the wheel.
All drink driving offences are prosecuted through the courts; you will not receive an offer of a Fixed Penalty Notice, and the charge may be accompanied by charges for additional offences. Serious cases, and cases against repeat offenders, can also carry substantial fines and even the possibility of a prison sentence. Using an experienced drink driving solicitor could, therefore, save you considerable money, help you avoid a prison sentence, and even ensure that you are not disqualified from driving.
Whether you drive for business purposes, or you use the car to ferry the kids around and get to and from work, keeping your licence is likely to be important to you and your family. Drink driving offences not only carry an obligatory disqualification but a considerable financial penalty and the possibility of a prison sentence.
There are several offences that fall under the term drink driving, including driving while unfit and failing to provide a specimen, but they all carry similarly heavy penalties. The court is obliged to ban a driver convicted of one of these driving offences, unless special reasons can be successfully argued. Using a specialist drink driving solicitor could help you get an acquittal or ensure that you can successfully argue that there were special reasons for the offence taking place.
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