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 Geoffrey Miller Solicitors are specialists in Drink Driving Borderline Cases. Call our team of expert motoring solicitors for some free initial advice.

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If you have been arrested for drink driving but you provided a borderline breath test (anything below 51µg in breath) then pursuant to present drink driving legislation, the police must offer the option of replacing your breath test with a blood or urine test. In a drink driving borderline case the police can choose which of these methods are used. This option is referred to as “The Statutory Option” and was originally introduced in the 1980’s when evidential breath testing devices were relatively new and their accuracy was questionable.

There are plans for the statutory option to be discontinued as the government considers the evidential breath testing equipment to be reliable enough to do away with this additional safeguard. However, for now, it remains and once you agree to have your breath test replaced by an alternative urine or blood test, the police cannot revert back to the breath test but must instead use the specimen you opt to provide in place of it.

Managing Director, Jeanette Miller is seen on the video below discussing the government’s proposed changes to drink driving laws to close the “drink driving loopholes” they consider to be allowing too many drivers avoid prosecution. The laws are yet to be introduced but we think they are likely to lead to more unfair prosecutions rather than closing loopholes. 
Check out the video below or read Jeanette Miller’s thoughts on the proposals in this drink driving blog.

If you provided a second type of sample then you should note that Geoffrey Miller Solicitors have developed unique case strategies in relation to blood and urine drink driving cases that have resulted in the success rates outlined in our Business Data pages.

If you declined the option of having your breath specimen replaced with a blood or urine sample, there are likely to be a number of additional strategies we can explore to defend the charge.

If you opted to provide one of these secondary tests, you may find that once the sample has been analysed, the result is below the legal limit. DO NOT WAIT for the result to come through before speaking to us. Getting in touch with us now can make a huge difference to the eventual outcome of the case. Check out Andy’s story to see how glad he was that he got in touch and trusted our advice even though it conflicted with many other solicitors he spoke with.

I have not been charged yet – When should I instruct you?

If you want to give yourself the maximum chance of staying on the road and avoiding conviction, even if you have been told there may be no charge, we would suggest you speak to us now. Many of the details we need to know to formulate drink driving defence strategies are likely to be long forgotten if you wait until the date you are due to go to the police station.

In drink driving cases, proof of being the driver can sometimes be questionable. However, the defences we use are rarely as straight forward as this kind of factual argument and we would always recommend that you engage experts to represent you if you are serious about saving your licence and record from conviction.

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 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 08000 85 27 84 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 installment 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 “ask our clients” 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.

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Geoffrey Miller Solicitors are specialists defending drivers nationwide for all types of motoring offences. Call our team of expert motoring solicitors for some free initial advice.


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