Drink & Drug Driving Offences

Expert Drink Driving Solicitors



Want Advice About Defending a Drink & Drug Driving Allegation?

Need Advice in relation to a Possible Driving Ban? 

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24/7 you can have a fast, free and without obligation chat with a ‘Legal 500’ Barrister who is an expert in Motoring Law.

Drink driving offences are some of the more difficult cases we deal with on behalf of our clients.  Drink driving related offences are amongst the few cases which carry with them mandatory disqualification from driving (that is to say that the Court has no discretion-save in cases of special reasons).

What Offence have you been charged with?

There are a number of different drink driving allegations –

  • Driving whilst over the prescribed limit (excess alcohol); (known as Drink Driving Limit)
  • Being drunk in charge of a vehicle;
  • Failing to provide a specimen for analysis when driving;
  • Failing to provide a specimen for analysis when in charge.

Not all of these offences carry mandatory disqualification from driving, and you should seek advice at an early stage as to the potential consequences of conviction.

Do you have a defence to the allegation?

Of course, it may be that there is a defence available to you if charged with this type of offence. There might have been a mistaken identity, or that you drank alcohol but only after you had driven (known as the ‘hip flask’ defence). Alternatively, there might have been an error in the procedure undertaken to collect the evidential specimen of breath/urine or blood.

If you are charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis, then there is a statutory defence, namely having a ‘reasonable excuse’ for not providing a specimen. These are often medical based defence. We have years of experience of putting together the necessary expert evidence for this type of argument.

Do you have ‘Special Reasons’?

Although guilty of the offence, you might have a special reasons argument which would enable the court to avoid what might otherwise be a mandatory disqualification. For instance, if you had your drinks spiked, then this might amount to a special reason. There are many other potential grounds for special reasons, so please call us for advice.

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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