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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…

‘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…

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…

Drink drive/ ‘in charge’

On August 13, 2014, Posted by , In Drink driving,Featured, By , With Comments Off on Drink drive/ ‘in charge’

There is an important distinction between excess alcohol whilst driving, and excess alcohol whilst “in charge” of a vehicle. The distinction becomes clear when looking at the sentencing guidelines. The emphasis in the guidelines when it is a case of “in charge” is on imposing penalty points rather than disqualifying….

Drink driving – sentencing guidelines

On August 8, 2014, Posted by , In Drink driving, With Comments Off on Drink driving – sentencing guidelines

When you search the Internet for legal representation, there is a natural tendency to opt for someone local, especially when you are looking for quality representation by a solicitor or barrister in and around Surrey. The Internet is crowded by portals, organised by large companies who in turn pass the…

Special Reasons in Drink Drive cases

On August 6, 2014, Posted by , In Drink driving, With Comments Off on Special Reasons in Drink Drive cases

When a client asks for representation for a drink drive charge, the process that the lawyer goes through can be quite complex. This blog is going to focus on the term ‘special reasons’. The first issue to determine is whether the client is guilty of the alleged offence; there are…

Drink drive offences

On August 4, 2014, Posted by , In Drink driving, With Comments Off on Drink drive offences

Drink/driving offence Excess alcohol (driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle). Contrary to Road Traffic Act 1988, s.5.1(1)(a). This offence is triable summarily, which means that the hearing can only take place at the Magistrates’ Court. I usually attend the following Magistrates’ Courts to represent drivers charged with drink…

Drink Drive

On January 2, 2014, Posted by , In Drink driving,Road Traffic, With Comments Off on Drink Drive

I attended the Aldershot Magistrates’ Court today, representing a client charged with a second drink drive offence within three years. He faced serious consequences, and needed to be properly represented; that is why he came to me. I don’t accept instructions under the legal aid system, and will not be…

Drink/Drive Offence

On April 2, 2013, Posted by , In Drink driving, With No Comments

The prosecution is bound by the rules of law and procedure. These rules exist to ensure fairness and justice. It is my job to exploit any failure by the prosecution to apply these rules correctly. In a recent drink/drive case, I exploited such a breach in favour of my client….