Speak to one of our team today if you have been charged with a drink driving offence. We represent clients charged with road traffic offences of all types, including:
- Causing Death by Dangerous or Careless Driving
- Dangerous and Careless Driving
- Driving While Disqualified
- Failing to Identify the Driver (s.172)
- Failing to Stop or Report an Accident
- Driving When Unfit Because of Drink or Drugs
- Failing to Provide a Specimen for Analysis
- No Insurance
- Exceptional Hardship Applications
- Special Reasons Arguments
Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol is an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s.5(1)(b). You can also be charged with Driving When Unfit Because of Drink or Drugs under the Road Traffic Act 1998 s.4(1). A police officer may request to carry out a breath test for excess alcohol, but only if they have reasonable cause to do so. Where a police officer has reasonable cause they are authorised to request a test even if they are not in uniform. However, an officer can only administer the test while in uniform, unless it is following an accident.
What are the Penalties for Drink Driving?
Conviction could mean you are issued 3 to 12 penalty points on your licence, a fine of up to £5,000, or even a prison sentence of up to six months. Early legal advice can help to decrease a sentence, and could mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.
How Long Does a Ban for Drink Driving Last?
There is an obligatory disqualification from driving for a period of 12-36 months depending on aggravating or mitigating factors surrounding the incident. This period of disqualification can sometimes be reduced by agreement and attendance at rehabilitation courses for drink driving. It may also be possible with longer bans, to apply to the court for the ban to be reduced where there are special circumstances to consider, such as a new job that requires driving, or relocation to a rural area. Proof that you have attended an alcohol abuse class may help your claim.
If you have been charged with a drink driving offence, get in touch with us as soon as you can. High quality advice at an early stage from an expert road traffic solicitor could significantly reduce your sentence, and our solicitors will leave no stone unturned to ensure you have the best defence possible. If you are being investigated in relation to a road traffic offence, it is vital to have the support of experienced, well respected and specialist defence lawyers who will protect your rights and interests. Here, at Stephen Lickrish & Associates, we work discretely and proactively to provide our clients with the best possible defence and representation.
Expert Legal Advice on Drink Driving Offences Manchester, London, Birmingham, England & Wales
At Stephen Lickerish & Associates, we understand that any accusation of a crime can have a serious effect on your life, and it is important that you have advice from solicitors who will work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. If you have a question about a road traffic offence, or you need expert legal advice on any criminal allegation, contact us to see how we can help. Contact us today by calling 0161 237 1913 or 0800 988 64 22 for 24-hour legal advice. Alternatively, contact us by completing our online enquiry form.