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DRINK DRIVING DEFENCES

Geoffrey Miller Solicitors are specialist Drink Driving Defence Solicitors. Call our team of expert drink driving solicitors for some free initial advice.

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Breath Drink Driving Cases WON 80%

Blood Drink Driving Cases WON 99%

Urine Drink Driving Cases WON 100%

Failing to Provide a Specimen Cases WON 89%

Drug Driving Sample Cases WON 93%

AND WON 86% of our Alcohol and Drug related cases overall!

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There are dozens of drink driving defences that the majority of solicitors are blissfully unaware of. We don’t intend to publish details of them all as even though the law is open to all to interpret, the defences we employ in our clients’ cases are, to some extent, trade secrets.

What we will do is outline what is NOT a valid defence to drink driving and some of the more commonly known acceptable defences. If you want to know more about the unique case strategies we use to achieve our phenomenal drink driving results, you will need to get in touch to discuss this with us directly.

No Drink Driving Defence

  • I had not eaten all day
  • My drinks were spiked (this one is not a defence but could be a special reason)
  • I was taking medication
  • My name is spelled incorrectly on the charge sheet
  • The time of the breath test is an hour out
  • I was only moving my car (again, this could be a special reason)
  • The police did not breathalyse me before releasing me to check I was back under the limit
  • The police put handcuffs on me when they arrested me
  • I was not allowed to speak to a solicitor (although see below)
  • I was not allowed to give a blood or urine test instead of a breath test (this is only allowed/required in a handful of scenarios and is not an absolute right)

Valid Drink Driving Defences

  • I drank alcohol after driving (hip-flask defence)
  • I drove as I was in fear of my life or the life of another (duress)
  • I drove on private land only (the law on this point specifies that the land must be more than private property but must restrict access to members of the public by way of signs, a barrier or membership)
  • I was not driving/had no intention to drive
  • I was denied access to a solicitor – this is a defence in certain circumstances. The police do not have to ensure you have the opportunity to speak with a solicitor if it will delay the drink drive procedure. If no delay is likely, then you should still be afforded this right and denial of it can amount to a defence. The full circumstances of the case will be relevant for this defence to succeed
  • The breath, blood or urine test was wrong
  • My blood or urine has been tested under the limit but the police sample is over the limit
  • I was not offered the breath printout/blood/urine
  • Police Procedure – this is a minefield! Chances are police procedure can be challenged in your case even if it seems as though everything was conducted professionally. We know what issues are likely to arise to invalidate the procedure and therefore the case against you and so we strongly urge you to contact us to discuss this in more detail if you are keen on exploring the possibility of defending your drink driving charge.
  • CPS Procedure – the Crown Prosecution Service are obliged to comply with a number of duties of disclosure throughout the case. If there is a breach of procedure on the part of the CPS, we frequently use this to our client’s advantage as one of our many defence strategies.

The only way of knowing if you have a valid and meritorious defence to the drink driving charge you face is by enlisting us, the experts to scrutinise the evidence in your own case. We can usually pick out some basic defence details from the initial enquiry and that may be all you need to make a decision on the way forwards. However, for a full opinion on the chances of securing your acquittal to the charge, we have a number of options available which we would love to discuss with you in more detail.

OUR DRINK DRIVING TESTIMONIALS

Honestly – Geoffrey Miller solicitors are amazing and so worth it. My feedback cannot Express how gratifying I am with Geoffrey Miller solicitors as regards the handling of my drink driving case from start to finish especially Jeanette. What a fantastic experience with fantastic result in my drink driving case.... Read More

Honestly – Geoffrey Miller solicitors are amazing and so worth it.
My feedback cannot Express how gratifying I am with Geoffrey Miller solicitors as regards the handling of my drink driving case from start to finish especially Jeanette. What a fantastic experience with fantastic result in my drink driving case.

I got my two drink driving charges dismissed and dropped. Jeanette is fantastic, she is
Very thoughtful, personable and knowledgeable on all aspects of driving offence. Geoffrey Miller uses best barrister. My barrister in my cases was exceptional and his epic performance in the court that got me the result.

It was a long tiring process but the whole team of Geoffrey Miller including Saskia, Victoria Brennan and John Ruane were very helpful.

They are outstanding. Finally I cannot put into words how grateful I am for the help of Geoffrey Miller Solicitors especially Jeanette and my barrister. They are worth every penny and now they are helping to get some court fees back too.

Amazing firm and fantastic result…

Anonymous 57
Drink Driving
Case Discontinued
North East

From my initial conversation with Jeanette Miller back in July to our last call yesterday, dealing with Geoffrey Miller solicitors has been, dare I say, a pleasure. The last few months have been torture, but placing my future in the hands of GMS was the best decision I could have... Read More

From my initial conversation with Jeanette Miller back in July to our last call yesterday, dealing with Geoffrey Miller solicitors has been, dare I say, a pleasure. The last few months have been torture, but placing my future in the hands of GMS was the best decision I could have made. They are ultra professional, honest, diligent and give updates on a regular basis. They dive deeply into the case and highlight the shower that is the CPS. Ellie Taylor has been a shining light when there was not much but darkness. I simply cannot give too much praise. Thank you all at GMS, my appreciation cannot be expressed highly enough.

Alan
Drink Driving
Acquitted
Sunderland

Honestly – these guys are so worth it !! These guys are the very best. My very first call with Jeanette was so reassuring but still, like many, I feared the worse. However with the amazing prowess of the wonderful Defence Barrister they appointed, the trial today actually resulted in... Read More

Honestly – these guys are so worth it !!

These guys are the very best.
My very first call with Jeanette was so reassuring but still, like many, I feared the worse.

However with the amazing prowess of the wonderful Defence Barrister they appointed, the trial today actually resulted in the case being dismissed and all charges dropped !!

It was Marc’s rigorous chasing of the CPS which highlighted their many failures, and my Barristers absolutely epic performance in the court that got me the result I first could only dream of.

Don’t have a doubt, use Geoffrey Miller Solicitors

A J M
Drink Driving
Acquitted
Cambridgeshire

I had already been sentenced and appealed my case and lost the appeal being represented by a different much cheaper law firm so I thought all was lost, I was banned from driving for 29 months, received 150 hours of unpaid work and a hefty fine. I called Geoffrey Millers... Read More

I had already been sentenced and appealed my case and lost the appeal being represented by a different much cheaper law firm so I thought all was lost, I was banned from driving for 29 months, received 150 hours of unpaid work and a hefty fine. I called Geoffrey Millers after my appeal had been lost and spoke to Jeanette and asked if there was anything that could be done. I was advised going to crown court to appeal was an option but would mean a whole new case. It was very daunting and stressful but the staff reassured me at every stage and were very supportive. They got my ban suspended pending trial so I was able to drive again in the months up to the case going to Crown. The investigation and work put into my case was second to none and I never felt that all my questions and stressed out calls to them were too much bother. I attended crown court and was hoping for a reduced ban but the outcome was amazing, I won my special reasons appeal meaning I could keep my licence and the community order was scrapped. I cannot thank them enough for taking on my case even after I had previously lost an appeal and had used a different solicitors, my only regret was that I did not go to them first. Worth every penny and more. Thank you so much to Jeanette, Diana and all the team.

Anonymous 55
Drink Driving
Ban appealed due to special reasons and was won
Manchester

This was an alleged second Drink Driving conviction within 10 years. I was going through a divorce and my world was completely upside down. I had no car, no home and limited access to my family. It was the worst time of my life. Ellie looked after me the whole... Read More

This was an alleged second Drink Driving conviction within 10 years. I was going through a divorce and my world was completely upside down. I had no car, no home and limited access to my family. It was the worst time of my life. Ellie looked after me the whole time and really was a human towards me and gave me the confidence to keep going leading me to plead Not Guilty. The result was exactly as Ellie anticipated which was great news! My life is now back on track after a gruelling 10 months, I cannot thank Ellie, the team at GMS and my Barrister who was just on another level!

Please call GMS because they are fantastic!

Anonymous 54
Drink Driving
Acquitted
Hertfordshire

My feedback cannot express how gratifying I am with Geoffrey Miller Solicitors as regards the handling of my drink driving case from start to finish. I have always held some level of reservation about legal advise particularly with road traffic cases, however GM solicitors have evidently change my skepticism. The... Read More

My feedback cannot express how gratifying I am with Geoffrey Miller Solicitors as regards the handling of my drink driving case from start to finish.

I have always held some level of reservation about legal advise particularly with road traffic cases, however GM solicitors have evidently change my skepticism.

The level of professionalism, optimism, efficiency and value for money from the moment I presented my case to Jeanette S. Miller up to the point John Ruane called to inform my case have been discontinued by the CPS was (5 star) excellent.

Jeanette kept reassuring me there was a strong possibility of success even when I felt all hopes were lost. My biggest thank you goes out to John for the high level of transparency and real-time progress update on my case.

Your firm is top notch and I will always relish the good result delivered for the rest of my life. Yes people might say it is an expensive service, however it was worth the result at the end plus the level of payment flexibility makes it affordable for all.

Please keep up the good work and maintain the level of excellent.

Mr Philip O
Drink Driving
Discontinued Before Trial
London

Unbelievable!!! I have to confess that I was extremely sceptical about achieving a successful outcome, but was reassured all through the process by some excellent staff at Geoffrey Miller that there was hope where I could see none. Today all charges were dropped by the CPS and I can’t thank... Read More

Unbelievable!!! I have to confess that I was extremely sceptical about achieving a successful outcome, but was reassured all through the process by some excellent staff at Geoffrey Miller that there was hope where I could see none. Today all charges were dropped by the CPS and I can’t thank John Ruane and my Barrister enough for their outstanding efforts, life can finally get back to some normality after months of stress and I only have Geoffrey Miller to thank for this.

MW
Drink Driving
CPS offered no evidence
Northamptonshire

Oh my god Geoffrey Miller Solicitors are amazing totally professional reassuring and confident from the very start of proceedings thank you so much regards J CARRARA

Justin Carrara
Drink Driving
Acquitted
Norfolk

You are probably reading this because you are terrified, but you have come to the right place… When I was arrested almost 10 months ago my world fell apart, I didn’t know what to do, I couldn’t sleep and I was in panic mode. I called a friend at work... Read More

You are probably reading this because you are terrified, but you have come to the right place… When I was arrested almost 10 months ago my world fell apart, I didn’t know what to do, I couldn’t sleep and I was in panic mode. I called a friend at work who recommended Geoffrey Miller. After a lot of research and reading all the testimonials (twice) I finally plucked up courage and made the call. Jeannette Miller was the first person I spoke to, her warm and understanding nature without any judgement was something I was not expecting and immediately knew I made the right decision. Ellie Taylor (who is just amazing!!) was assigned my case worker, the expense needed for fees were a worry but the team worked with me throughout so I was never overwhelmed by costs (it is worth it believe me). After months of back and forth and trial dates being moved or adjourned, the CPS doing their best to derail everything, we finally went to trial. My barrister is someone I will never forget, he was just incredible and knew exactly what his plan was, I was so scared of losing my license as it would ruin my job, house and future work prospects… I shouldn’t have worried all those months, I was acquitted. I am truly grateful for the incredible work this team does. Please give them a call as soon as you can, that call could very well change your life.

Stuart M
Drink Driving
Acquitted
London

I cannot put into words how grateful I am for the help Geoffrey Miller have given me. I got caught 7 years ago and then caught again 7 years later, which could have resulted in a 3 year ban (possibly more) and a fine and possibly community service. I run... Read More

I cannot put into words how grateful I am for the help Geoffrey Miller have given me. I got caught 7 years ago and then caught again 7 years later, which could have resulted in a 3 year ban (possibly more) and a fine and possibly community service. I run my own business and this had the potential to ruin my business and everything I have. I did a search for specialist solicitors and Geoffrey Millar came up first. I was obvs in a state of distress, but I spoke to Jeanette and she instantly put me at ease by talking through the event of arrest and assuring me that they had confidence to help. Naturally you feel sceptical I think that’s natural, however after the first call they kept in contact and it helped in making the decision to use Geoffrey Miller. I’ll be honest the fees can make you feel its a big risk, but then the success rate is high, so I took the plunge. John Ruane was my case manager and he always kept me informed and told me not to worry. It did take nearly a year to get to a decision (no fault of Geoffrey Miller, that’s just how it worked out) but I kept my licence during this time, which meant I could continue with my life, and I was looked after by some great people on preliminary court hearings and they too, were great! Today I have just been acquitted and case dismissed. Worth every penny, and now they are helping to get some court fees back, which is great! If you Need help, and you feel lost/stressed give these guys a call! and check out the success rate, it worked for me.

Consider what it means to keep a licence and not pay high premiums on insurance after your ban is over, and you will see its worth the cash!

Thank you John, and All the team.

Jim
Drink Driving
Acquitted
West Sussex
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†Figures include successful appeals and exclude cases lost that are the subject of appeal as at 20th December 2018.

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