Drink Driving

Have you been caught committing a drink driving offence?

Are you potentially facing a drink driving ban, a criminal conviction, or worse?

Are you looking for a drink driving solicitor with specialist experience in motoring offences, who can provide expert legal advice, defend you in court and help you avoid a damaging verdict?

If so, contact MotoringOffences.com straight away. We have many years of experience dealing with drink driving and other motoring offence cases, and can help you avoid losing your licence and your livelihood.

We will help you to identify mitigating circumstances and special reasons why you might have been caught behind the wheel while over the alcohol limit. Using this information, we will put together a strong defence that will give you the best possible chance of securing a favourable outcome.

Call us today on 0345 646 0348, or complete our online contact form to request a call back. The sooner you call, the sooner we can provide you with the personalised advice you need to succeed.

How Can We Help?

We have more than 100 years of combined experience, making us the most experienced motoring offences team nationwide. We represent people from all walks of life who are facing drink driving charges, and have seen great success in helping our clients to avoid the harshest penalties.

MotoringOffences.com is part of JMW Solicitors, and our lawyers are accredited with bodies such as Chambers and the Legal 500. We have been representing clients since 1978, with a strong track record of winning challenging drink driving cases, such as:

  • helping someone whose drink was spiked to receive three points on their licence, rather than being disqualified from driving, by advancing “Special Reasons”
  • getting a drink driving case dismissed after proving that the client was put under unnecessary and unlawful pressure by the police
  • helping a client advance a “duress of circumstances” defence after she sustained an injury in a domestic incident and drove to the hospital to safety from an abusive ex-partner
  • challenging the evidential blood procedure and consent status for a client’s case, resulting in the court dismissing the case on the basis of no evidence
  • helping a client challenge the evidential breath test device due to a defect, resulting in the case being dismissed
  • securing the dismissal of a case after proving that the police had breached their disclosure obligations
  • helping a client challenge a public/private land issue on a pub car park, resulting in the case being dismissed
  • helping a client to avoid a potential prison sentence and reducing a three-year driving ban to 17 months and a nominal fine after a drink driving-related accident

Our team have dealt with thousands of motoring offence cases between them, and we understand that you may be facing delicate and distressing circumstances. As such, we pledge to deal with your case in a way that’s sensitive, reassuring and compassionate.

We will:

  • assess all of the details of the incident in question and gather testimony from relevant witnesses
  • collect and review all of the scientific evidence to support your case, including breathalyser test results and blood and urine sample analysis
  • advise you on the best available defence for your case
  • represent you in court and argue your case

We attend courts across England and Wales and can take instructions by phone, email or in writing in order to make our service as convenient and easy-to-use as possible for you. In many cases, we are able to persuade the prosecution to drop the case and avoid a court attendance altogether.

By calling us on 0345 646 0348, you will get a free initial consultation, during which we will offer a clear picture of the costs involved.

Can I Avoid a Disqualification?

Avoiding the most serious drink driving penalties, such as disqualification, depends on the details of the case. These might include:

  • the defendant being able to prove they were not driving
  • proving the location of the offence was not a road or another public place
  • proving that alcohol was consumed between the time of driving and the point when the alcohol test was taken, a circumstance known as the “Hip Flask Defence” or legally known as “post-incident consumption”
  • procedural errors in obtaining the alcohol level testing results
  • the presence of “Special Reasons” to explain why you were driving under the influence - for example, that your drink was laced without your knowledge, that you were forced to drive due to emergency circumstances, or that you drove only a short distance

What is the Difference Between Driving With Excess Alcohol, and Driving While Unfit Through Drink?

The term “drink driving” is often used to describe two legally distinct offences: driving with excess alcohol, and driving while unfit through drink.

To be convicted of driving with excess alcohol, it is necessary for the authorities to demonstrate that you were over the legal limit for alcohol consumption, as demonstrated using a breath, blood or urine specimen.

If no specimen has been taken, then you may be charged instead with driving while unfit through drink, which depends on the authorities being able to provide other evidence that your alcohol consumption rendered you unfit to drive.

The penalties for both offences are broadly similar, but because they are legally separate charges based on different types of prosecuting evidence, it will be necessary to tailor your defence according to the charge.

What is the Difference Between Driving With Excess Alcohol, and Driving While Unfit Through Drink?
The term “drink driving” is often used to describe two legally distinct offences: driving with excess alcohol, and driving while unfit through drink.

To be convicted of driving with excess alcohol, it is necessary for the authorities to demonstrate that you were over the legal limit for alcohol consumption, as demonstrated using a breath, blood or urine specimen.

If no specimen has been taken, then you may be charged instead with driving while unfit through drink, which depends on the authorities being able to provide other evidence that your alcohol consumption rendered you unfit to drive.

The penalties for both offences are broadly similar, but because they are legally separate charges based on different types of prosecuting evidence, it will be necessary to tailor your defence according to the charge.

What Happens if I am Found Guilty of Drink Driving?

If you are found guilty of drink driving, you could face a number of serious legal penalties, including:

  • a mandatory driving ban for a minimum of 12 months, which could be extended depending on your alcohol level at the time, and whether this is your first offence
  • an unlimited fine, which is based on your income
  • a community sentence, which might include community service work, a curfew requirement or mandatory alcohol treatment
  • a prison sentence, for more serious offences and repeat offenders

Any of these penalties can have a severe impact on an individual’s personal or professional life, with a loss of your driving licence often making it difficult to remain in employment.

By consulting a specialist solicitor, it is possible to mitigate this impact and get the penalty reduced, even if you are found guilty.

Talk to Us

For a free phone consultation about your drink driving case, call our expert solicitors on 0345 646 0348. You can also complete our online contact form to request a call back at your convenience.

Get in touch now for your Consultation

Our Motoring Law Specialists pride themselves on providing the advice and support for your Motoring law issues, having over a century of combined experience.

If you need legal advice, get in touch today by calling 0345 646 0348 Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form .

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