Drink Driving Solicitors
Our Drink Driving lawyers have specialist experience defending all types of drink driving offences.
We have a proven track record in road traffic law and in defending those before the court in relation to motoring offences, including driving while under the influence of alcohol.
If you are facing allegations of drink driving then contact us as soon as possible to discuss your options and to speak to one of our motoring law specialists We can offer you legal advice, support and guidance.
What is Drink Driving?
Drink Driving is defined as ‘Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in a person’s breath exceeds the prescribed limit”.
What is the alcohol limit for driving?
The legal drink driving alcohol limit is 35 milligrams per 100 millilitres of breath, 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100ml of blood and/or 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100ml of urine.
Defences for Drink Driving allegations
- That you were not driving.
- That you had consumed alcohol after you had stopped driving, otherwise known as the ‘hip flask defence’.
- That you were not over the limit and that the police failed to follow correct procedures.
- Unreliability of samples
Special Reasons Arguments
The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, states that where a person is convicted of an offence involving obligatory disqualification, the court must order him to be disqualified for such period not less than twelve months as the court thinks fit unless the court for Special Reasons thinks fit to order him to be disqualified for a shorter period or not to order him to be disqualified.
The concept of Special Reasons allows a Court, in appropriate circumstances, to reduce or cancel the normal consequences of a driving conviction. When they are established in court, a convicted motorist may, for example, avoid a disqualification for drink driving as well as avoiding penalty points for driving without insurance, speeding and a range of other offences.
Examples of Special Reasons include:
- Your drinks were laced without your knowledge and you didn’t realise that you were over the legal limit.
- You had to drive because it was an emergency and you had no other choice.
- You drove for a very short distance and in circumstances where you were unlikely to be brought into contact with other road users.
- You unintentionally committed an offence of driving without insurance because you were misled by your insurance company and/or someone else telling you that you were insured.
What are the penalties?
The minimum disqualification for drink driving is a 12-month driving ban. It can also attract up to 6 months imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. A Court must disqualify for at least 3 years if an offender has been convicted of a relevant offence in the preceding 10 years.
For more detailed information about the penalty you can expect to receive, speak to one of motoring solicitors.
Impact of a drink driving conviction
In addition to a criminal conviction and the subsequent penalties including driving bans, significant fines and custodial sentences, the additional consequences of being found guilty of drink driving are severe.
You could potentially lose your job and your livelihood, your insurance premiums may increase and your ability to travel freely may be restricted.
Why Choose us?
Providing leading defence and mitigation services to motorists across Stockport and Manchester, we regularly help clients avoid disqualification and a conviction. We will provide clear, honest advice and we will work diligently to defend you.
We will look at the individual circumstances surrounding your arrest including whether the police conducted their procedures correctly. We will meticulously consider and analyse the evidence against you.
Specialist Motoring Solicitors
Clifford Johnston and Co has a team of drink driving solicitors with specialist experience defending drink driving offences.
Best Drink Driving Solicitors Stockport & Manchester
For affordable and cost-effective legal advice across Stockport and Manchester, contact the motoring law experts at Clifford Johnston & Co.