Drink driving is one of the most serious offenses a motorist can face and one that can attract severe penalties. In the UK the legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol in a 100 millilitres of blood and the police would usually ask you to provide a sample of breath or in some cases, of blood or urine in order to ascertain your alcohol level.
Most drivers will already be aware that the minimum penalty for a drink driving conviction is a 12 month disqualification but many people assume that this applies to every case and don’t realise the range of sentences and powers the court actually have. When it comes to imposing a sentence many factors are taken into consideration; your alcohol level, the circumstances of your arrest, your driving history and any previous convictions you may have. These are all factors to increase the penalties the court could impose. You could potentially be facing with disqualification of up to five years, community service or in some cases even prison sentence. All of this is on top of an unlimited fine.
At Duncan Lewis, the majority of our clients come to us because they are dependent on their ability to drive. We understand the consequences of a conviction can be life changing for many people and this is exactly why we want to help. Duncan Lewis drink driving solicitors have an excellent track record at defending cases involving drink driving charges and we specialise in identifying a number of possible defences for our clients.
If you’re facing a drink driving conviction then please get in touch with our motoring law team for more information on 033 3772 0409.