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Drink/Drive and Guilty Knowledge

On October 11, 2017, Posted by , In Drink driving, With Comments Off on Drink/Drive and Guilty Knowledge

  It’s surprising that in legal practice, it is often the simplest of cases that presents the most interesting & complex issues.   I recently attended a drink/drive matter at Guildford Magistrates Court. As part of my preparation, I discover literature explaining that consuming Prozac and alcohol together may result…

Drink/drive; blood sample at the hospital

On October 5, 2017, Posted by , In Accidents,Drink driving, With Comments Off on Drink/drive; blood sample at the hospital

What are the rules for taking a blood sample from a badly injured suspected driver who has been taken to the hospital following a road accident?   The circumstances when a suspected driver is taken to hospital are generally when a road accident has occurred and the driver has been…

Discharge of Sexual Offences Protection Order

On March 28, 2017, Posted by , In Sexual Offences, With Comments Off on Discharge of Sexual Offences Protection Order

Introduction As a Guildford lawyer, I successfully applied to the Guildford Crown Court to discharge a Sexual Offences Protection Order on behalf of a client who had previously received an indeterminate Order.   Background A Sexual Offences Protection Order is an ancillary order, commonly imposed by a court sentencing an…

‘Laced Drinks’ Defence to Drink-Drive

On July 1, 2015, Posted by , In Drink driving, With Comments Off on ‘Laced Drinks’ Defence to Drink-Drive

Following success yesterday in a drink-driving case, where I managed to argue ‘special reasons’ and assist a client to avoid an obligatory disqualification from driving, it would be tempting to over-inflate the success in promotion of my practice.  The smart and experienced professional knows, however, that so much depends on…

Disqualified driving – ‘Totting up’

On June 24, 2015, Posted by , In Disqualification,Exceptional hardship,Totting-up, With Comments Off on Disqualified driving – ‘Totting up’

If you have been driving for under two years, and you are caught speeding, your licence will be endorsed with a minimum of three points. If this happens again, and the points add up to six, you will lose your license and have to retake your driving test to regain…

Drink Drive Law – Public Place

On June 11, 2015, Posted by , In Drink driving, With Comments Off on Drink Drive Law – Public Place

I recently appeared at Worthing Magistrates Court on behalf of a client accused of a drink/driving offence. The legal limit for driving while intoxicated through drink is 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, with a 5-point margin of error; at 40, a conviction follows. A high reading…

Dangerous Dogs

On May 14, 2015, Posted by , In Dogs,Featured, By , With Comments Off on Dangerous Dogs

Recently I was invited to take a case involving a charge of ‘keeping a dog dangerously out of control’ under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 at Guildford Magistrates’ Court. On the face of it, the evidence was overwhelming, and the dogs looked set to be destroyed!  According to the prosecution…

Buyer beware, but seller be on guard!

On May 6, 2015, Posted by , In Fraud, With Comments Off on Buyer beware, but seller be on guard!

There was an interesting case in the Gloucester Crown Court where an ex police officer pleaded guilty to fraud. The circumstances were somewhat surprising in that it surrounded the sale of horses, and ordinarily would not have ended up in the criminal courts. According to the judge, there had been…

Drug Driving And Medical Advice

On December 4, 2014, Posted by , In Road Traffic, With Comments Off on Drug Driving And Medical Advice

Medical evidence and ‘drug driving’ under the new law coming into force in March 2015 The Drug Review of drink and drug driving law by Sir Peter North confirmed that there is a significant drug driving problem in Great Britain. Currently, police have to show that drugs have impaired a…

Drug Driving

On December 4, 2014, Posted by , In Featured,Road Traffic,Uncategorised, By , With Comments Off on Drug Driving

‘Drug Driving’ This is one of a series of blogs in relation to a statutory instrument that comes into force on 2nd March 2015, entitled Drug Driving (Specified Limits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014. It’s a fairly innocuous sounding piece of subordinate legislation, but I am sure it is going…