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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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Urine Drink Driving Cases – WON 100%!

Blood Drink Driving Cases – WON 99%!

Breath Drink Driving Cases – WON 80%!

Failing to Provide a Specimen Cases – WON 89%!

Drug Driving Cases – WON 93%!

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

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Drink Driving Penalty

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

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

The best team in the UK. Saskia saved me from losing everything. I can’t thank Geoffrey Miller more!

Manveer S Virk
Drink Driving
Case Dropped
Uxbridge

My case was handled by Saskia Abbot. I called several times, often requesting reassurance following emails which I had received. Saskia always called me back as quickly as she could. She was extremely helpful and very informative throughout. Her emails also provided detailed information about my case. She raised several... Read More

My case was handled by Saskia Abbot. I called several times, often requesting reassurance following emails which I had received. Saskia always called me back as quickly as she could. She was extremely helpful and very informative throughout. Her emails also provided detailed information about my case. She raised several issues which could potentially secure my acquittal, which made me more confident that I was right to go with a ‘not guilty’ plea.

Anonymous 50
Drink Driving
Case Discontinued
London

This case started 14 months ago when I received a call from a police station at 2.30 am telling me that my son had been charged with drink driving. He blew 54 by the road and 49 at the police station. I phoned Geoffrey Miller and spoke to Ellie Taylor.... Read More

This case started 14 months ago when I received a call from a police station at 2.30 am telling me that my son had been charged with drink driving. He blew 54 by the road and 49 at the police station. I phoned Geoffrey Miller and spoke to Ellie Taylor. She was extremely professional and well informed and told me that we could do what I thought was impossible and plead not guilty and have a good chance of a successful outcome. We decided to go down this route although the case appeared utterly unremarkable. There were no obvious problems with the prosecution case and we were just hoping that the prosecution would fail to serve their evidence. This unfortunately did not happen and they were very proactive and provided us with everything but a proper copy of the cctv. We only received this on the morning of the first hearing date. Our barrister, the magnificent Phillip Lucas, reviewed the cctv at court and immediately spotted two potential case winning points. The case eventually came back about 10 months later. At the trial our barrister performed a cross examination of the police witnesses worthy of a court room tv drama. After this the judge asked if Mr Lucas would mind if the witnesses were taken out of order as he wanted our expert to give evidence “with a view to dramatically shortening the length trial”. This is what happened and an acquittal shortly followed! A fantastic result. This case has shown me that you can never know if you have got a good case until all the evidence has been reviewed by the experts at Geoffrey Miller. Whilst it was both a stressful and expensive experience it was extremely worthwhile and worth every penny. Thank you to John Ruane, Victoria Brennan and Saskia Abbott.

Anonymous 49
Drink Driving
Acquitted
West Midlands

Not Guilty to drink driving case. Planned for the worst but GM attained the very best outcome. Very in depth from start to finish. Cannot thank enough.

Anonymous 48
Drink Driving, Careless Driving
Acquitted Drink Driving
Manchester

It is a year ago today that I was stopped for alleged drink driving, performed a roadside test and as a consequence breathalysed at the police station. But due to the breathalysing machine producing both a positive and a reading of “mouth alcohol”, a blood sample was requested, which I... Read More

It is a year ago today that I was stopped for alleged drink driving, performed a roadside test and as a consequence breathalysed at the police station. But due to the breathalysing machine producing both a positive and a reading of “mouth alcohol”, a blood sample was requested, which I gave. I was terrified during the whole procedure as my occupation depends on my driving and I have a company car. The circumstances prevailing this are complicated, but I want to summarise my experience with the legal engagement and my lengthy history with Geoffrey Miller Solicitors.

When I left the police station the following morning, I panicked;- I could lose my job, my marriage, my home and of course my dignity and reputation. I did not have a breath result but upon leaving I noticed on the custody board, my name and a reading of “blew 93” I knew this was more than twice the legal limit without awaiting the results of the blood alcohol sample.

In a haze, I googled “drink driving” firstly to determine the seriousness of the offence and secondly to educate myself on what my position was, I had no idea Solicitors existed that specialised in motoring offences regarding drink driving. I read through the first advertised website who were “drink drive” specialists, a family run business, great testimonials, video’s and exceptional statistics. I rang this company and spoke to one of the Directors, who explained all the different scenarios and in particular that the “CPS” are very dysfunctional, unorganised and often just drop cases. I’m sure this may be true but it wasn’t my experience.

I signed up immediately in a panic, I didn’t consider the overall costs and was told to deal with the initial case it would be £1,500. Deal done.

I then had time to research the offence in detail and came across Geoffrey Miller Solicitors, which to be honest sounded very much like my already contracted firm. I called and spoke to Eleanor Taylor, Solicitor, who basically ran through very similar scenarios as my contracted solicitor, however she was more professional in her approach, explaining procedural errors that could secure my acquittal for a blood sample and less damning about the CPS. This worried me, I had already paid a substantial amount, so I really had to trust my contracted solicitor.

I received my blood sample reading of 182mg, the legal limit is 80mg therefore the ban is 17 – 22 months. This was inconceivable to me, I was unable to tell anyone of my position which caused me enormous anxiety, sleepless nights and dreadful stress. I would lose my JOB, my HOUSE, my LIFE and my husband would never forgive me.

I attended the first hearing to plead not guilty and was annoyed that the Director I spoke to had delegated me to another solicitor without talking me through this process. The solicitor that attended court with me was nervous in his demeanour and did not fill me with confidence in his overall manner at all.

The case worker assigned was flippant with me, didn’t return calls and gave me the impression that I was just another case, nothing special. My trial was scheduled for end of March 2018 which required another £4000. A week before the trial after no defence strategy explained and very little communication, my calls weren’t returned and I wasn’t a priority. I rang Geoffrey Miller in a complete panic. My whole life was dependent on this trial and I had no confidence in this solicitor. Within an hour Jeanette Miller called me back. The conversation with her transformed my state of mind knowing I could win the case with one of the most experienced Barristers in the country. I hadn’t even been assigned a Barrister, never mind a competent solicitor.

Of course, I had to agree a new contract but Jeanette took into consideration my previous experience, but I had to re-assign for GMS resources to start from the beginning, so in effect I had to “write” off the amount I’d already paid to the previous Solicitor. There is only one option you must take and that is sign with Geoffrey Millers and do not make the mistake I made and waste money and your licence with any other company.

Now, for the rest of my journey, it was horrific and terrifying but Ellie (assigned to me) assured me and listened to all my constant queries over and over again. I had an out of office number and she always and I mean always responded to me. Jeanette talked to me and re-assured me about my case and arranged 2 conference calls with my appointed Barrister. This gave me so much confidence understanding the procedures but most importantly the defence strategies. They were all honest and straightforward with me from the start.

The end of March hearing turned into a case management hearing and then trial was adjourned to July. Again, this meant more costs but by now I understood by July how my case would be presented and during the trial, I was completely amazed at this Barrister’s complete focus on my case. He had only started cross examining the Police Officer when the case was adjourned as they do not give up on an argument. I had a forensic expert assigned as well as a Barrister. I then had 5 more months to wait for a 2 day trial, again more expense for me to gain an acquittal. This was an extremely difficult case, to prove a verdict of not guilty, to a Judge that was not familiar with the case law, which was part of the Skeleton argument and it seemed throughout he would convict whatever.

A half time submission was made by my defence Barrister and I thought the case would be won. No, the Judge said there was a case to answer and I honestly expected my Barrister to loose his focus, enthusiasm and not change tactics so late in the day. But no, he was AMAZINGLY brilliant and put the Judge into a position that proving me guilty was an impossibility for the Crown. I was found not guilty and I have my life back after this terrifying ordeal. Ellie is frankly a star and a credit to her profession. I was made to feel important and cared for as a client, I could not recommend them enough.

I still can’t believe I am free and I am ecstatic that I made the right decision with the right team and we were successful. If you have what I had to lose then you have to realise this is an expensive investment, at their results but I can honestly say that Ellie and Jeanette personally cared about the outcome for me.

Ms W
Drink Driving
Not Guilty
Merseyside

I cannot express how grateful I am to Geoffrey Miller, my solicitor John and his team have been exemplary. The sheer professionalism and experience they have, managed to get me acquitted from my alleged driving offence. My lawyer, I have no words but Fabulous! Knows his stuff and very meticulous.... Read More

I cannot express how grateful I am to Geoffrey Miller, my solicitor John and his team have been exemplary. The sheer professionalism and experience they have, managed to get me acquitted from my alleged driving offence. My lawyer, I have no words but Fabulous! Knows his stuff and very meticulous. One piece of advice… Do Not Go to Any Other Law firm. This ones the best.

H Singh
Drink Driving
Acquitted
East Midlands
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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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