Drink Driving Solicitors

Do you want to talk to solicitors who saved 85 clients from a drink driving conviction in 2013 and who in 2012 won 95% of the drink and drug driving related trials we defended? For more details of our drink driving successes please check out our annual motoring offence trials report.

This may be the first time you have been faced with any kind of prosecution and we understand how you probably feel right now. Please get in touch with our team of expert drink driving solicitors for a free consultation. Geoffrey Miller Solicitors are the UK’s most well respected expert drink driving lawyers with particular expertise in drink driving cases involving blood and urine samples or any of the three breathalysers in use across the country's police stations (Intoximeter EC/IR; Lion Intoxilyser 6000 UK or Camic Datamaster-check the printout the police should have offered to you for details of which drink driving device you were breathalysed on.)

Even if you think you are guilty of the drink driving offence, it is very likely there will be a valid and lawful defence to the charge. If you have mistakenly assumed that your only option is to plead guilty and accept the mandatory driving ban that applies, please get in touch so that we can guide you through your options free of charge.

Our solicitors will listen, advise and, in some cases, console you but we will also give you our honest, no nonsense, straight talking advice. Below are some more details of the options we can offer you. There’s a lot to read on this page so if you would rather just pick up the phone and talk things through, then please get in touch on Freephone 0800 085 2784.

You can discuss your options free of charge with one of the expert motoring lawyers from the Geoffrey Miller team based in offices in London and Manchester. We deal with cases all over the UK so whether you are due to appear in Southampton or Newcastle, we have a specialised team of motoring offence advocates ready to deal with your case. Our phones are manned throughout the day and night by real lawyers (not in a call centre) all of whom are experts in the field of motoring law with specific emphasis on drink driving cases. You may be put through directly to Managing Director, Jeanette Miller aka  "Miss Justice" or a member of her highly skilled team.

Call us now for a free consultation about your drink driving offence.
 

The UK Drink Driving Limit

Definition of a Drink Driving Offence in the UK: It is an offence to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in a person’s breath exceeds the prescribed limit under. S 5. Road Traffic Act 1988.
 
If you have been charged with driving with excess alcohol, the Prosecution will have to prove that you were driving with excess alcohol in your breath, urine or blood. The present drink drive limits in the UK are as follows: 
 
  • 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 ml of breath 
  • 80mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood 
  • 107mg of alcohol in 100 ml of urine 
 
When a police officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that a person is driving with excess alcohol he can require that person to perform a roadside breath test. If this provides a positive reading the driver will be arrested and taken to a police station where a further “evidential test” is required.

Ordinarily if the evidential sample is a breath test, the police constable must follow stringent procedures and have obtained two specimens of breath which have been analysed and which exceed 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. If both readings exceed 50 micrograms of alcohol, it is likely that the police will simply proceed to charge the driver with the drink driving offence and the driver will be bailed to attend Court at a later date. However, if at least one of those two readings contains no more than 50 micrograms of alcohol then a further procedure has to be offered for a secondary blood or urine test to take place. The procedures the police must follow are intricate and this is where our expertise could make the difference in saving your licence.

If you are facing a charge for drink driving but were taken to hospital and this is where you gave your sample, please take a look at our drink driving - hospital cases page.


Drink Driving Limits In Europe


We are not experts in foreign motoring law but can point you in the right direction of a suitable expert abroad if you rerquire advice on the drink driving and other motoring law procedures in Europe.

In July 2012, the French introduced a new requirement to carry hand held breathalyser kits on board at any time when you drive in France. Check out Managing Director, Jeanette Miller, discussing this issue on BBC Breakfast.




 

But I Only Had 2 Pints????

Clients who contact us often don't appreciate the fact that your alcohol levels will be dependent on many factors. The alcohol content of your drinks is only one of these. Your height, weight and waist measurements along with the times of your drinks and what you had to eat are also crucial factors. If your reading was borderline with the drink driving limit it is likely that you will have been offered a second test of either blood or urine. If you are waiting for test results or have been charged with drink driving following a blood or urine test, we strongly recommend you take a look at our page dealing with borderline and hospital cases and get in touch immediately for what could be life changing free advice from our team of experts.
 

Pleading Guilty to a Drink Driving Offence

The penalties for drink driving offences can be far reaching. Please take a look at our drink driving penalty calculator for more specific details of the penalty you could be facing for a drink driving conviction. The penalty will be based on the level of your breath, blood or urine reading along with other factors and in particular whether you have a previous conviction for an excess alcohol offence within the last 10 years.

Whilst many people understand that the minimum penalty for drink driving is a 12 month ban (or 3 years ban for a repeat drink driving offender) many drivers do not realise how a drink driving conviction can also mean:
 
  1. The loss of your job;
  2. The possibility of undergoing medical examinations before you can drive again;
  3. Attendance on a drink driver’s rehabilitation course;
  4. A possible prison sentence (although this is reserved for repeat drink driving offenders or those who have been found to be several times over the drink driving limit) ;
  5. Visa restrictions (particularly in terms of entry to the USA and Australia) check out Jeanette Miller's blog on confused.com for more details about this problem ; and
  6. A criminal record with the conviction for drink driving remaining on your licence for 11 years. If you are a professional (doctor/accountant/solicitor) you will most likely have to report the conviction to your regulatory body; and
  7. A massive insrease in your insurance when you are able to drive again although we are pleased to recommend the services of Love Insurance Brokers in Manchester who operate a specialist service for any motorist who feels as though “Nobody Loves Me” for convicted drivers. Please feel free to visit their website to check out how your insurance could be affected by a conviction.
 
If you have already decided that you wish to plead guilty then Geoffrey Miller Solicitors offer a cost effective fixed fee “damage limitation” service for pleading guilty to drink driving cases. Even though we cannot avoid the mandatory 12 months driving ban for those who plead guilty, we are likely to persuade the court to exercise leniency with the penalty they impose. We often secure driving bans of less than the guidelines suggest by presented thoroughly prepared mitigation arguments.

Pleading guilty is not your only option though so please keep reading or better still, get in touch on Freephone 0800 085 2784 to discuss your options free of charge with an expert drink driving lawyer at Geoffrey Miller Solicitors. Our phones are manned 24 hours by real lawyers (not in a call centre) all of whom are experts in drink driving offences cases.
 
 

Pleading Not Guilty to a Drink Driving Offence

If you know that you wish to challenge the prosecution, it is essential that you contact the team at Geoffrey Miller Solicitors at the earliest opportunity, preferably well in advance of your first court hearing. Much of the crucial police evidence in your drink driving case could be destroyed fairly soon after your original arrest if a specific request for it to be preserved is not made immediately.

We will want to set to work straight away on preparing your defence for drink driving. This may involve contacting witnesses, viewing CCTV, requesting inspection facilities of the machine that you gave your reading on (many of which are horrifically unreliable) instructing drink driving toxicologist experts; forensic medical examiners….the list goes on. We won’t know exactly what work (and cost) is going to be involved in your case until you make contact with us so please call us now on Freephone 0800 0852784. Our team of specialist drink driving lawyers will be glad to discuss your options free of charge. Our phones are manned 24 hours a day by real lawyers (not in a call centre) all of whom are experts in defending drink driving offences.

If you defend a drink driving prosecution you will be allowed to continue to drive and your driving licence would only be affected by a ban if you are convicted. Our statistics show that the chances of you avoiding a ban are extremely high as we win the majority of the drink driving cases we defend.
 
If you have spoken to other solicitors before us, you may have been advised that there is nothing that can be done to help you with your drink driving offence.This advice is often given because the solicitor who dispensed the advice is not a true expert in drink driving law and in their limited knowledge of drink driving cases, there is nothing that can be done. If your GP told you that you had a brain tumour and there was nothing to be done to help you would you leave to at that? Of course not! You would most likely ask for a second opinion from a brain surgeon. Geoffrey Miller Solicitors are the brain surgeons of drink driving law! In addition to Miss Justice herself, our team consists of several experienced solicitors all of whom undergo intensive ongoing training and development so that we are able to develop new strategies and defences for all of our clients.

There are also other firms out there who have sought to copy our model. In fact, some of the pages of their websites have been created from Geoffrey Miller's own literature and previous website content. Whilst we acknowledge that when a competitor copies us in this way, it is the best form of flattery, BEWARE! Those who lack originalty in their marketing, and website design will undoubtedly lack the strategic flair and legal knowledge the Geoffrey Miller Solicitors team applies to case preparation. Make sure you appoint the right motoring offence lawyer as this could be the difference between a driving ban or a NOT GUILTY verdict.

Call us now on Freephone 0800 0852784 to see how our solicitors can save you from the extreme hardship a drink driving conviction can cause.
 
 

Not sure what to do?

Most people who get in touch with our drink driving solicitors are uncertain of their options. They are unaware of any defences that may be available and find it difficult to believe that it might be possible to defend the drink driving charge. You may find the possibility of having to plead guilty inconceivable because you simply don’t know how you will manage without your driving licence. You may find it equally difficult to grasp how it could be possible to defend the drink driving charge.

In the majority of cases we are unable to tell you if you have a case worth defending until we can look into the specifics of your case in more depth. We offer a priority investigative option to all clients facing drink driving related offences, which means that if you are unsure if you have a defence or if you have been told by another solicitor that you have no defence but we think otherwise, our team of drink driving lawyers will consider the evidence in your case and take a full statement from you. They will then provide you with their expert opinion and the merits in defending the case or pleading guilty. As we can conduct this option for a relatively low cost fixed fee it means that you are not committed to spending significant fees in order to establish if there is any way of defending the offence. We think we are the best drink driving solicitors in the UK. Take a look at our case study and testimonial of Mr. Malcomson, a client who transferred to Geoffrey Miller Solicitors after becoming unhappy with his supposed expert drink driving solicitors. See what a difference our expert traffic offences solicitors can make to the outcome of a case.
 
If you would prefer to call us rather than trawl through the pages on our website, we are always more than happy to chat things through with potential clients Free of Charge. It is only once you decide to instruct us that payment will become necessary and we can often arrange installment plans to assist you. Many satisfied clients have thanked us for offering this consultation service as it has prevented them from following inaccurate non-expert legal advice which could have led to them accepting a driving ban unnecessarily. 
 
 

Punishment for Drink Driving Offence 

Up to £5,000 fine, up to 6 months imprisonment and a minimum period of a year of mandatory disqualification. If you have a previous conviction for a alcohol related offence within the last 10 years there is a minimum of 3 years disqualification.

We have a particular specialism for repeat offender scenarios and have never had any client of the firm sent to prison for a repeat drink driving offence or even a first time offence with a high reading.
 
Please use our penalty calculator for a more accurate idea of the penalty you face for drink driving.
 
Call us now on Freephone 0800 085 27 84 for a free consultation with a drink driving solicitor or contact us by email
 

Non-Legal Help

You may be innocent of the drink driving charge you face or the prosecution for drink driving may be the wake up call you need to force you to seek help from professionals in the field of addiction recovery. We are supporters of the charity Additiction Today who have an extensive directory of treatment and rehab providers on their site.

We also work with a number of rehab providers abroad including the Malvern Institute.
 

Still Confused?

Most people who get in touch with our team of motor offence expert solicitors are uncertain of their options. They are unaware of any legal defences that may be available and find it difficult to believe that it might be possible to defend the drink driving offence charge they face by using loopholes that apply to the rich and famous! We do represent celebrities but we also represent many hardworking motorists like Brian and we want to help you make the right choice about what you do next.

We are always more than happy to chat things through with potential clients Free of Charge. Call us now on Freephone 0800 085 2784 to speak to one of our specialist motoring offence solicitors. It is only once you decide to instruct us that payment will become necessary and we can often arrange instalment plans to assist you. Many satisfied clients have thanked us for offering this free consultation service as it has prevented them from following inaccurate non-expert advice which could have led to them accepting a driving ban unnecessarily.

If you would like to spend more time browsing on the site before you get in touch, make sure you have a look at our specialist motor offence guidance features such as our penalty calculator which will help you to determine the penalty you may face if convicted and our money saving calculator which helps to outline some of the hidden costs of accepting a conviction.

We think we are simply the best in the business but if you are not satisfied in taking our word for it, our unique “ref me” testimonials scheme allows you to contact previous clients of the firm to seek a completely independent reference about us and what we might be able to do for you.

We are also regular contributors to the guestblog on money saving website confused.com. If you just want to keep up to date on current issues affecting the motorist, check out what Miss Justice has to say by following her on the blog, or on any of our social networks.
 

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