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Drink Driving and the Law
A person convicted of an offence of driving with excess alcohol will be liable for a minimum disqualification of 12 months and a fine. Higher alcohol readings will result in periods of disqualification of up to 36 months and the possibility of a community penalty or even a custodial sentence. A person convicted of an offence of failing to provide a specimen will be liable for a disqualification of between 12 – 36 months dependent upon the nature of the offence.
A second drink driving-related conviction within a period of ten years will result in a minimum disqualification of 36 months and the possibility of up to 60 months in more serious cases. A third conviction within a period of ten years carries the risk of a custodial sentence.
Therefore a conviction for driving with excess alcohol or failing to provide a specimen can have a devastating effect upon a person’s livelihood. It is imperative that specialist advice is sought as soon as possible.
How Byrne Frodsham can help
This is an increasingly complex area of law and there is a wide array of potential defences. For example, there may be a defect with the procedure conducted at a police station or hospital; there may be an issue over the reliability of a specimen of breath, blood or urine; or there may be a reasonable excuse for not providing such a specimen.
A thorough knowledge of the law, coupled with years of experience of conducting motoring cases allows us to identify these lines of defence and present them effectively and decisively in Court.
If you have been charged with an offence of driving with excess alcohol or failing to provide a specimen and would like a free, no-obligation discussion regarding your options, please feel free to contact us either by telephone on 0151-424-5601 or email: email@example.com