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Drink driving

At Libra Solicitors we understand the impact of being accused of offence of nature can have on you, your family and your career.

If you are facing a prosecution for drink driving, the range of penalties that the court could impose is extensive. For more serious cases of drink driving, the court may very well decide that a custodial sentence of up to 6 months is appropriate.

If you are found guilty of drink driving for the first time, you could be fined and will receive a minimum driving ban of 12 months. However, if aggravating factors such as a high level of alcohol in your system are a feature of the offence, you could receive a much longer ban.

If you are found guilty of a second drink driving offence in a 10 year period, you will be banned from driving ban for 3 years and you could also receive significant fine.

However, the length of any driving ban that is imposed could be reduced if you ask for and if the court allows you to, attend a drink driving rehabilitation course. You will need to successfully complete the course within the time specified by the court in order for your driving ban to be reduced by 25%. Please note, being allowed to attend the course is not an automatic right. It is at the court’s discretion.

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How we can help

Our expertise could help you if you are currently facing a prosecution for this offence. At Libra Solicitors, your case will be led by barrister or a solicitor-advocate, so you can be sure that your case will be thoroughly prepared and that the representation at court that we provide will be of the highest quality.

We will examine all the available evidence and give you clear, practical advice that you can rely on. It may be that there are defences that can be put forward in respect of your case, or that the prosecution evidence could be challenged.

We will also advise you on the strength of the prosecution case and in respect of plea. Where appropriate, we will also assist you in obtaining any relevant documentation and take statements from your witnesses.

The testing procedure involved in establishing whether or not a person has been drink driving has to be carried out accurately. If it has not been done so and the errors are significant, it could lead to the prosecution being withdrawn or the case being thrown out by the court.

If you would like to know more about this offence and have a confidential discussion, call us now on 01223 632420 and arrange an appointment.

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