Drink Driving

THINK! Don’t Drink and Drive this New Year – or at all


You’re at the Christmas or New Year’s party. You decide it’s okay to have ‘a couple’ of drinks before leaving. What happens next?


You get in that car as a driver or passenger, yet it is not possible to say how much alcohol you or the person you are with can drink and stay below the limit. The way alcohol affects you depends on:


  • your weight, age, sex and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy)

  • the type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking

  • what you’ve eaten recently

  • your stress levels at the time


Still tempted to drink drive? If so, you run the risk of committing a serious offence such a causing death by dangerous driving.  If you are under investigation for any offence relating to drink driving, contact the expert criminal defence lawyers at Qamar Solicitors for urgent advice and representation.


Death by careless driving under the influence of alcohol

If you cause the death of another person whilst drink driving, sentencing may be severe with an unlimited fine, a driving ban of at least 2 years - and up to 14 years imprisonment depending on the level of alcohol consumption.


Failure to provide a specimen

Failure to provide a specimen (breath, urine or blood test) either at the roadside or at a police station is also a criminal offence. There are 3 variants of this type of offence, namely:


  • Refusing to take a breath test -  if you refuse to comply with this request, you may have 4 penalty points put on your driving licence or between 12 and 36 months driving disqualification and a fine of £1000

  • Refusing to provide an evidential specimen – if you refuse to provide a sample of urine, blood or breath at the police station, between 3 and 11 penalty points will apply to your driving licence or a driving ban of between 12 and 36 months, a fine of up to £5000 and 6 months in prison

  • Refusing to allow permission for a specimen to be taken for analysis at a laboratory. The penalty for this type of charge is the same as failing to provide an evidential specimen


Penalties if convicted of drink driving:


  • A minimum 12 month driving ban

  • A hefty fine

  • Up to 6 months in prison

  • An endorsement on your licence for 11 years


There are also the wider consequences of being caught drink driving which can include:


  • Increase in car insurance costs

  • Job loss

  • Trouble getting into countries like the USA

  • The shame of having a criminal record

  • Loss of independence


The Institute of Advanced Motorists calculate that a drink drive conviction could cost between £20,000 - £50,000 as a result of fines, solicitors fees, increase in car insurance and loss of job. 


Still worth the risk?


How can we help?

If you have been charged with, or are under investigation for any offence relating to drink driving, get in touch with Qamar Solicitors today for expert criminal defence advice from leading professionals in drink driving offences.

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