Drink Driving - Repeat Offender Advice
Consequences of Repeat Drink Driving Conviction
There are two things we want you to know before you read further:
1. We have never had a client sentenced to prison for drink driving* (even repeat offender cases);
2. In 2012 we won 95% of our drink driving defence trials.
(* This record relates solely to clients facing drink driving charges that are NOT combined with other offences)
Consequences of a Repeat Drink Driving Conviction
If this is the second time (or more) that you have been arrested for drink driving you already know that the consequences of a drink driving conviction are serious. However, the drink driving laws state that if you are convicted of a second drink driving offence that is alleged to have been committed within a 10 year period from the date of the previous offence, at worst, you are at possible risk of a prison sentence and at best, you will face a minimum 3 year drink driving ban. This length of ban is not the only consequence you need to be aware of. Your ability to get affordable car insurance following a drink driving ban will also be hampered.
The length of time that has passed since the previous offence is crucially important when it comes to sentencing and the length of any driving ban as the guidelines state:
The period to be imposed in any individual case will depend on an assessment of all the relevant circumstances, including the length of time since the earlier ban was imposed and the gravity of the current offence.
A prison sentence for a repeat drink driving offender is a very real possibility. The maximum prison sentence that can be imposed for a drink driving offence is 6 months. However, as at January 2013 Geoffrey Miller Solicitors have NEVER had a client sentenced to a prison sentence for a drink driving offence alone, even if the case involved a repeat offence.
Beware of non-expert advice
We frequently hear from clients that other supposed motoring law experts have advised them to plead guilty to a drink driving charge. This is usually because other solicitors do not know the various drink driving defences we have applied in hundreds of our cases. Even solicitors with motoring law expertise but with experience with lesser offences such as speeding, often have no idea how we at Geoffrey Miller Solicitors do what we do.
Our client, Mr Phipps, was facing a life changing minimum 3 year ban if convicted of a borderline second drink driving offence. Thankfully he was acquitted at Hertford Magistrates' Court on 19 October 2011 and sent an email to Miss Justice herself after his victory:
Drink Driving Defences
The allegation of a repeat drink driving offence is an extremely serious one and could lead to a custodial sentence. Our specialist team of lawyers will review the strength of the prosecution’s case against you and advise you on the merits of your case. There are numerous defence and mitigation strategies we can successfully apply to drink driving charges and we would always recommend you speak to us before making any decisions about what to do next. Take a look at our other drink driving assistance pages. We have formulated very specific drink driving defences for defendants accused of drink driving where samples of blood or urine were taken by the police. Due to the fact that motoring law is all that we do, we have also developed a number of drink driving defence strategies in hospital cases. Our advice often conflicts with other lawyers. If you speak to us you will soon realise how our expertise and experience in this complex field of law is far superior to many other lawyers. This is why we are the first choice of solicitor for many solicitors and barristers accused of a drink driving offence.
We know that many solicitors claim to be able to advise and guide motorists with their expertise but we are proud to prove our expertise by publishing details of our motoring case succeses at the end of each calendar year. At the end of 2012 we were able to achieve an overall success rate of 90% and an even higher rate of securing NOT GUILTY verdicts in drink driving cases. For more detail of our trial successes please take a look at our driving defences report.
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 or at worst a spell in prison unnecessarily.
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Not Sure What to Do?
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 drunk in charge offence 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.
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