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Geoffrey Miller Solicitors are specialists at defending Drink Driving Borderline Cases. Call our team of expert drink driving solicitors for some free initial advice.

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

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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

I would highly recommend Geoffrey Miller Solicitors to defend your case if anyone is looking to keep their Driving Licence, yes its absolutely true if they say you are in a good position of keeping your licence they mean it…. The whole experience has been very daunting but the team... Read More

I would highly recommend Geoffrey Miller Solicitors to defend your case if anyone is looking to keep their Driving Licence, yes its absolutely true if they say you are in a good position of keeping your licence they mean it….

The whole experience has been very daunting but the team at Geoffrey Millers have been very supportive and reassuring that a positive outcome will happen, and yes it became a reality, I got to keep my Driving Licence… also a very valid lesson was learnt and that was not to ever drink and drive again.

Miss L Harris
Drink Driving
Acquitted
London

I was acquitted of drink driving and although I knew that medical reasons were responsible for that result, I was also worried about losing my licence. Geoffrey Miller solicitors put me at ease and guided me through the whole procedure and likely outcome without promising the world. I am grateful... Read More

I was acquitted of drink driving and although I knew that medical reasons were responsible for that result, I was also worried about losing my licence. Geoffrey Miller solicitors put me at ease and guided me through the whole procedure and likely outcome without promising the world. I am grateful for their professional realism through out. Many thanks Geoffrey Miller’s.

Mrs F
Drink Driving
Acquitted
Kent

When I was charged with driving with excess alcohol, after a blood test at the police station, I sat down and thought about the impact on my life the inevitable ban would have, not to mention a criminal record. I found Geoffrey Miller online and initially spoke to Tara, who... Read More

When I was charged with driving with excess alcohol, after a blood test at the police station, I sat down and thought about the impact on my life the inevitable ban would have, not to mention a criminal record. I found Geoffrey Miller online and initially spoke to Tara, who was knowledgeable, compassionate and entirely non-judgmental. Tara explained my options and let me get a much clearer picture of how to proceed against this charge. I was initially unsure but Tara was never pushy, only explaining the best possible outcomes alongside the worst. When I did the sums, and looked online at their success rates in these types of cases, it became an easy choice. Once instructed, Tara was always available and happy to talk, to answer my questions and allay any fears I had. I am happy to report that the case was dismissed and I was free to drive home. Tara and the team, through their hard work and diligence, won my case for me with the best possible outcome. I would like to thank all the Geoffrey Miller team, especially Tara, and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone in a similar situation.

Mr M Gray
Drink Driving
Case Dropped
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Happy with the outcome of acquittal in my drink driving case. I was kept updated all through the process by my case worker and I’m obviously elated with the results. A bit pricey but real value for money and worth every penny. Massive thanks.

Mo
Drink Driving
Acquitted
West Yorkshire
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drink driving penalty 2017

Drink Driving Penalty

If you were arrested for drink driving before 10 April 2015 but you provided a borderline breath test (anything below 51µg in breath), the police had to offer the option of replacing your breath test with a blood or urine test. In drink driving borderline cases the police can choose which of these methods are used. This option was 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.

On 10 April 2015 the statutory option was discontinued as the government considers the evidential breath testing equipment to be reliable enough to do away with this additional safeguard. However, the team at Geoffrey Miller Solicitors have encountered hundreds of case that would suggest reliability of breathalyser machines is a major issue, particularly in borderline drink driving cases.

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. This was before the changes to the laws were implemented. 
Check out the video below or read Jeanette Miller’s thoughts on the change in borderline drink driving laws in this drink driving blog.

Even though the law has changed in relation to borderline drink driving readings, our team of drink driving solicitors remain confident of successfully defending drink driving charges of all types. Borderline reading cases are far less complex than some higher reading cases and of course, they carry different risks and concerns for our clients.

However, even when a client’s drink driving reading is borderline, unless the charge is defended, it carries a drink drive ban of a minimum of 12 months for a first time offender and a 3 year ban for a repeat offender.

Drink Driving Solicitors - BBC Breakfast News

If your arrest predated the 10 April 2015 changes or you provided a second type of sample for any reason, 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 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.

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

Not Sure What to Do About Your Drink Driving Borderline Case?

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 0800 1389 123 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 drink driving ban 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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