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Drink Driving

Driving whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit is a serious offence and being convicted of drink driving can have far-reaching effects.

The consequences of a drink-driving conviction can mean that you may lose your job and the independence that a driving licence gives you. Expert advice from a specialist road traffic solicitor should be sought both at the Police Station and as soon as possible thereafter and certainly before the first appearance at the Magistrates Court.

Unless the case is successfully defended, or Special Reason exist you will face a mandatory disqualification from driving for a minimum of 12 months. You will also receive a fine but in the more serious cases, can be considered for a community penalty such as unpaid work or even face a possible prison sentence.

The potential disqualification period always depends on the level of the alcohol reading providing and evidential readings can be provided by breath, blood or urine. The drink driving limit is currently set at 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, or 108mg of alcohol in 100ml of urine.

This is a particularly technical area of law and procedures that take place at the roadside, in a Police Station or at a hospital are of particular importance. Failure by the police to comply with the statutory requirements can amount to a defence. Medical issues can also often apply in these cases and again could amount to a defence.

By calling Freeman & Co. you can be assured that you will have an expert team of road traffic solicitors working on your case and ensuring that you get the best possible outcome.

Sentencing Guidelines

Maximum: Level 5 fine and/or 6 months custody.

NOTES:

Must endorse and disqualify for at least 12 months.

Must disqualify for at least 2 years if the offender has had 2 or more disqualifications for periods of 56 days or more in the preceding 3 years.

Must disqualify for at least 3 years if the offender has been convicted of a relevant offence in preceding 10 years.

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