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Drink or drug driving


The law on drink and drug driving is complex and you should seek specialist advice without delay.

We have extensive experience in drink and drug driving cases nationwide. Whether guilty or not guilty, we can help. 

In certain circumstances, even if you are guilty, there may be special reasons why you should not be disqualified. Our team will be able to identify whether you can argue 'special reasons'

Drink or drug driving

We have extensive experience in representing clients in drink and drug driving cases. We regularly appear in courts for clients who plead guilty or not guilty, always ensuring we test the prosecution's evidence at every stage. 

Even if you accept you are guilty of the offence, we can represent you in court and explain your individual case. Such mitigation is crafted to reduce the overall length of disqualification as well as the fine or community order. We will deal with your case sensitively and understand the prospect of losing your licence can be an anxious time.

When sentencing, the Magistrates' have guidelines depending on the circumstances of your case. These can be found here

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The Law:

Section 5 Road Traffic Act 1988

Driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above prescribed limit.

(1)If a person—

(a)drives or attempts to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place, or

(b)is in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place,

after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit he is guilty of an offence.

(2)It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (1)(b) above to prove that at the time he is alleged to have committed the offence the circumstances were such that there was no likelihood of his driving the vehicle whilst the proportion of alcohol in his breath, blood or urine remained likely to exceed the prescribed limit.

(3)The court may, in determining whether there was such a likelihood as is mentioned in subsection (2) above, disregard any injury to him and any damage to the vehicle.

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Craig Tipper

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Office: Basildon

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