Personal Injury

Drink Driving

Drink driving relating offences can be serious allegations with significant consequences in terms of the penalties, as well as damage to reputation and job prospects . Drink driving offences include:

  1. Driving with excess alcohol
  2. Being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle
  3. Failing to provide a specimen for analysis

If you have been charged with a drink driving related offence, then you will be looking for two objectives. The first – you will need down to earth, expert legal advice on the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and on how you might avoid a conviction and/or a disqualification from driving.

The second – you will require specialist representation to put your defence or ‘special reasons’ argument as effectively as possible, or to mitigate on your behalf to reduce the severity of the penalty.

A defence might involve you stating that:

▪       You were not driving at the time of the alleged offence

▪       You were driving at the time of the alleged drink driving offence, but not on a road or in a public place               (in which case the drink driving laws would not apply to you)

▪       The level of alcohol in your system would not have been above the limit but for alcohol that you had                  drunk after the alleged driving (this is often referred to as the ‘hip flask’ defence)

▪       The police’s evidence as to the level of your intoxication is not reliable or admissible

Although a disqualification from driving is usually mandatory following a conviction for drink driving, it is sometimes possible to argue ‘special reasons. If you can successfully argue ‘special reasons’, then it allows the Court a discretion as to whether to impose a driving ban.

A good ‘special reasons’ arguments can include the following:

▪       that you were driving for only a short distance, and that you were unlikely to present a risk to other                  road users or pedestrians

▪       that you were driving only because it was an emergency situation and that consequently you had no                choice but to drive

▪       Your drinks were laced without you knowing about it, and that you were unaware that you were                          unfit to drive due to alcohol

What a client said about the service received from Richard Wood –

I was very satisfied with the service I received. Richard alleviated the stress and worry that I was feeling before the case by answering all my questions on the matter and informing me of the possible outcomes of the case. I was also impressed by the knowledge and experience Richard brought to my case. I am pleased with the professional manner Richard displayed in court and how he presented my case to the court. I would highly recommend contacting Richard to anybody with a motoring offence – TW – Drink Driving

If you are facing a drink driving related allegation, or some other motoring allegation, then

Please call our 24 hour advice line on 0808 156 11 77 or email criminal@hansells.co.uk 

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