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DRINK DRIVING PENALTIES

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

We are drink driving penalties solicitors who defend clients throughout England and Wales. If you are facing a drink driving charge and want to know what drink driving penalties you could be facing, please contact or dedicated specialist team of drink driving solicitors for some free advice.

Our Drink Driving Solicitors results from 1st January 2015 until 21st December 2017

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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Drink Driving Penalty

The best place to check what penalty you could face for a drink driving penalty is in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines. It sets out the likely penalty based on the alcohol reading alleged against you. Also, any aggravating or mitigating factors.

If you need more help working out what possible penalty you face, then try out our drink driving penalty calculator. Or contact our team of drink driving solicitors who can help you with your drink driving case.

A criminal conviction is a drink driving offence. It carries with it a number of possible penalties we have explained below:

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Drink Driving Disqualification

We need to be blunt when it comes to advising clients about drink driving penalties. There is no easy way of breaking this news to you… if convicted of drink driving, the minimum penalty you could receive is a 12 months disqualification. Most importantly, this is mandatory. So even with our involvement, if you plead guilty or found guilty, there will be no getting away* from that dreaded ban. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what your personal or professional circumstances are. Because, nothing you say in mitigation to the court can get the minimum penalty below that 1 year ban.

Drink Driving Penalties Second Offence

If this is a second offence within a 10 year period, the minimum penalty is a 3 year disqualification. Therefore, depending on how recent your previous drink driving conviction was, the ban may be the least of your problems. Because, the court most likely will want to impose a more serious penalty such as a community order or even prison. This is in addition to the ban when you face a repeat offence that follows the previous conviction within 3 years or less.

After entering a plea of guilty at court (you can’t enter a plea at the police station) or if convicted after a trial. When the court adjourns the case for other penalties considered, the disqualification is immediate.

*Special Reasons can be presented to the court to avoid disqualification. These are not related to an offender’s circumstances or mitigation in any way but are specific issues such as spiked drinks, driving a very short distance or driving in an emergency.

Drink Driving Interim Disqualifications

It is extremely rare for the court to impose an interim disqualification pending conviction. Therefore, the premise “Innocent until proven guilty” applies and unless there are concerns over a driver’s health eg. Suggestion of blackouts, then the court is extremely unlikely to impose any form of penalty before a trial takes place.

Drink Driving Fine

There is no maximum fine for a drink driving offence. However, the fine imposed for drink driving is usually linked to an offender’s income and is calculated as one and a half week’s net earnings. If you complete a form MC100 disclosing your income and outgoings for calculation.

Complete the statement of means form with accurate information as it is an offence punishable by a fine to provide false details. Most importantly, if you do not disclose your financial information, the court will most likely impose the maximum fine.

The court will sometimes allow an offender time to pay a fine depending on your financial circumstances. If you have already received a fine and are looking for information on how to arrange payment, you can complete this online:

Make A Court Fine Payment

Drink Driving Community Orders

If the drink driving prosecution you face involves a high reading, a repeat offence or a number of aggravating features, it is likely that the court will want to consider imposing a community order instead of a fine. You will not receive both a community order and a fine. It is one or the other. Community orders in drink driving penalties cases tend to take the form of unpaid work (Anything from 100 to 300 hours) or a curfew controlled by an electronic or doorstep tag. However, the Probation Service can recommend alternative options depending on the circumstances.

Where the court is considering a community order it is likely that a probation officer will meet with you before the sentence is imposed to establish what kind of drink driving penalty would be suitable. The report prepared by the probation officer will be one of the key considerations when it comes to imposing sentence.

Can You Get Sent To Prison For Drink Driving?

If the possibility of a prison sentence is concerning you, we understand that you will want to feel completely sure of the solicitors you engage to represent you.

Geoffrey Miller Solicitors have maintained a 100% track record of keeping all of our drink driving clients out of prison, even in the case of repeat offenders or offenders whose alcohol readings are “off the scale.”**

Despite our track record, prison is a very real possibility in drink driving penalties cases. It only takes a quick search online to read of cases involving drink driving penalties allegations when the offender was sent to prison. The maximum prison term the court can impose is 6 months.

Our expert legal team will meticulously prepare for your case

We want you to walk into court knowing that everything that we have done to preserve your liberty has been meticulously prepared by our expert legal team. Therefore, from the moment you place your instructions with us, we will set to work on getting as much information about you and your circumstances as possible. From there, we gather corroborative evidence so we can prove what we present in court.

If you want the country’s top motoring law solicitors save you from any of the penalties described on this page, get in touch for a “no strings” chat about how we can assist you.

Drink Driving Penalties Court Costs

In addition to the penalties above, if convicted of a drink driving offence you are also likely to paythe Prosecution’s costs. Typically, these will range depending on whether you plead guilty at the earliest opportunity or if you defend the case and convicted after a trial.

Drink Driving can only be heard in the Magistrates’ Court which means it is a summary only offence. Below is a guide to possible scales of court costs for summary only offences depending on the complexity of the case:

Magistrates’ Court
LowerAverageHigher
Proof in Absence£85 (set amount)
Early Guilty Plea (EFH)Not Applicable£85£100
Summary Guilty Plea£105£135£160
Summary Trial£620£775£930

Victim Surcharge

The Victim Surcharge is an ancillary order imposed by a court that was introduced fairly recently in 2007. Therefore, it is now a mandatory aspect of the penalty that must be imposed following a drink driving conviction. It is payable when an individual is sentenced to a conditional discharge, a fine, a community or a custodial sentence in relation to an offence committed on or after that date.

Revenue raised from the Victim Surcharge is used to fund victim services through the Victim and Witness General Fund – full list of the groups supported.

Below is a scale of the likely amounts of the victim discharge that could be imposed following a drink driving conviction. The maximum amount to be imposed will always be £120.

Offenders 18 years or over at the time the offence was committedVictim Surcharge
A conditional discharge£15
A fineAt 10% of the fine value with a £20 minimum and a £120 maximum (surcharge should be rounded up or down to the nearest pound)
A community sentence£60
An immediate custodial sentence*6 months and below – £80
Over 6 months and up to and including 2 years – £100
Over 2 years – £120 (only in Crown Court)
A suspended sentence6 months and below – £80
Over 6 months and up to and including 1 year – £100

Is There Nothing I Can Do To Save My Driving Licence?

Penalties are only imposed if you plead guilty or are found guilty of drink driving. Therefore, pleading guilty to the drink driving charge you face is not the only option available. Even if you think there is nothing that can be done to defend the charge, until you speak to one of our drink driving solicitors, we urge you to keep your mind open on the next steps.

OUR DRINK DRIVING TESTIMONIALS

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

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
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†Figures include successful appeals and exclude cases lost that are the subject of appeal as at 20th December 2018.

**This excludes cases involving other offences such as dangerous driving and disqualified driving and multiple repeat offences when committed whilst on bail.

Not Sure What to Do About Your Drink Driving Offence?

Most people who get in touch with our team of drink driving penalty solicitors are uncertain of their options. Because, 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 penalty charge they face by using loopholes that apply to the rich and famous! Most importantly, 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.

Try our free drink driving penalty consultation service

We are always more than happy to chat things through with potential clients Free of Charge. Call us now on Freephone 0800 1389 123 to speak to one of our specialist drink driving penalty solicitors. It is only once you decide to instruct us that payment will become necessary and we can often arrange instalment plans to assist you. Most importantly, 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.

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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 drink driving guidance features. Such as our drink driving ban calculator which will help you to determine the penalty you may face if convicted.

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