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M P West Drink Driving Case Study

Drink Driving - Acquitted

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OCCUPATION: Advertising Director

ALLEGATION: Driving with Excess Alcohol

COURT: Westminster Magistrates’ Court


GUIDELINE PENALTY: 17 – 22 months disqualification and a maximum fine of £5,000

PLEA: Not Guilty

RESULT: Acquitted


After a period filled with bad news and stress, Mr West received some positive news at work and decided to go out for a celebratory after work drink with some colleagues. Later in the evening, Mr West then proceeded to drive home. On the way home, Mr West encountered a group of males walking in the middle of the road he was driving down. In order to make his presence known, Mr West revved his engine slightly as he believe this would be less aggressive than using his horn.

As Mr West stopped at the next set of traffic lights, one of the group came to Mr West’s window and began making rude gestures. Moments later, a police officer who happened to be walking down the road came over to Mr West’s vehicle to investigate what had happened. After asking him to pull over, the officer asked Mr West to provide a roadside breath sample. Unfortunately, he failed the roadside breath test, which resulted in him having to provide a further breath sample at the police station. This breath sample at the police station was over the prescribed limit and Mr West was charged with drink driving.

Mr West initially instructed a firm of supposed “National Motoring Law” experts but soon became completely disillusioned with the service, knowledge and strategies this firm applied to his case. After some serious soul-searching, and chatting the case through with us, he transferred his case to the Geoffrey Miller team. We reviewed all of the evidence available in Mr West’s case and at trial we questioned the reliability of the evidential breath sample as well as the procedures carried out. The Crown took the view they had no evidence to prove the reliability of the breathalyser machine and Mr West was acquitted.


Mr West commented in a testimonial he offered for our website:

“My solicitor and barrister left no stone unturned and mounted an excellent case- proven by me being acquitted ten months later. Yes, there were some ups and downs, but Geoffrey Miller Solicitors did an excellent job of ensuring that all problems were dealt quickly and effectively. I would not struggle in the slightest to recommend this firm.”Mr P West
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