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Geoffrey Miller Solicitors are specialist motoring lawyers who are experts at defending drink driving limit cases. Call our team of expert drink driving limit solicitors for some free initial advice.

The Drink Driving Limit

There are strict alcohol limits for drivers, but it’s impossible to say exactly how many drinks this equals to because each person is different.

The drink driving limits in Scotland are different to the rest of the UK.

The Drink Driving Limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is:

35 Micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; or
80 Milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; or
107 Milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.

The Drink Driving Limit in Scotland is:

22 Micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; or
50 Milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; or
67 Milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.

Our Drink Driving Solicitors results from 1st January 2015 until 31st December 2017

Urine Drink Driving Cases – WON 100%!

Blood Drink Driving Cases – WON 98%!

Breath Drink Driving Cases – WON 83%!

Failing to Provide Cases – WON 91%!

Drug Driving Cases – WON 93%!

AND WON 89% of our Alcohol and Drug related cases overall!

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OUR DRINK DRIVING TESTIMONIALS

I was unfortunately involved in an accident with another road user. As I was subsequently taken to hospital for checking over, I was required to give a blood sample which, when tested was just over the legal limit. That’s when the panic set in, will I lose my job, will... Read More

I was unfortunately involved in an accident with another road user.

As I was subsequently taken to hospital for checking over, I was required to give a blood sample which, when tested was just over the legal limit. That’s when the panic set in, will I lose my job, will I still be to travel to the USA? Everything starts going through your mind of what is going to happen, if and when you lose your license.

So, I immediately started looking for specialists drink drive solicitors. I spoke to the four most popular firms including Geoffrey Millers, after finding that most of the firms would barely discuss the case until you had paid a deposit. I had the pleasure of speaking to Miss Jeannette Miller MD of Geoffrey Millers Solicitors.

It was a huge reassurance after talking to Jeannette for openly discussing the details around my case without the hard sell of which the other firms employ and it was because of the this I instructed them to act on my behalf. Along with the fact they have a very high success rate on winning cases that had similar details as my own.

I was assigned Sarah as my case handler who immediately got to work on my case. I can’t emphasis how meticulous she carried out establishing the facts around the case and developing our case strategy. With Geoffrey Miller Solicitors I always felt extremely confident in Sarah’s ability and I was frequently updated on any developments. I also fortunate enough to have John Ruane work on my case and proved to be extremely knowledgeable and helped see my case get dismissed.

It’s been a long 10 months getting the case dismissed but I always had total faith in Geoffrey Millers, that they had left nothing to chance and had a built me a very strong case when it got to court.

My trial advocate was John, he is very highly regarded barrister and made short work of the case at court. I can attest that Geoffrey Millers only call upon the best top tier Barristers for representation at court.

Its a incredibly stressful time having a drink drive conviction hanging over you and can have extremely serious consequence as a result, don’t leave it to chance and speak to Geoffrey Millers.

Mr C Bennett
Drink Driving Hospital Case
Acquitted
London/Surrey

I engaged Geoffrey Miller to help me enter a not guilty plea and I have not once been disappointed with the service they have provided. From the outset Tara was fantastic, had time and the knowledge to really explain the process to me. Not once did I feel pressured into... Read More

I engaged Geoffrey Miller to help me enter a not guilty plea and I have not once been disappointed with the service they have provided. From the outset Tara was fantastic, had time and the knowledge to really explain the process to me. Not once did I feel pressured into hiring them even after Tara spent over an hour discussing the details of my case on the telephone (more than once).

Once things were underway I can honestly say that there is not a thing I have been disappointed with, they did exactly what they said they would do and basically took the stress (as much as possible) away from me. They shouldered the burden of it all, I just did what I was asked. Both my pre-trial and trial advocates were exceptional. They just gave you the confidence that you needed in that situation. I have never been in trouble with the police and the whole experience was daunting and terrifying, it felt like they really just held my hand and gave me the hope and optimism that I needed but also kept things real.

Once we was at trial, my barrister did not give the prosecution a leg to stand on, I really was taken back at how professional and how much he knew about my case (even though we had never met). The evidence and the administration process that GM follow is without doubt one of the most robust and organised I have seen. If they handle all their cases the way they handled mine then I am really not surprised to read the exceptional reviews. It was these in the first place that prompted me to call them. Their success rates speak for themselves and now I have completed my journey with them and been acquitted I really can say with my hand on my heart that I could not have done it without them.

Thank you so very much. Yes it was costly, but to be honest I can see where and how they have earned their money and to have my life back without any conviction is worth it. If you are reading this are in doubt about hiring them, don’t, you won’t regret it 

Miss S Toby
Drink Driving
Acquitted
Peterborough

I was in a state of sheer panic from my charge of drink drive and driving with no insurance. Having researched many solicitor firms I decided to call Geoffrey Millers. Although initially apprehensive weather to proceed with the instruction due to financial restrictions, I am so glad I did! From... Read More

I was in a state of sheer panic from my charge of drink drive and driving with no insurance. Having researched many solicitor firms I decided to call Geoffrey Millers. Although initially apprehensive weather to proceed with the instruction due to financial restrictions, I am so glad I did! From the outset the team made me feel at ease and even the managing director was always available with a supportive ear. I can not thank and recommend the firm enough. Today at my trial, my case was thrown out and both charges dismissed. I am now able to walk away and forget it ever happened.

Kathryn Davies
Drink Driving, No Insurance
Case Thrown Out
West Wales

This client received news of the case against her being discontinued by email whilst abroad. Below is her emailed reaction which she has agreed to be published: OMG!!!!!!! I can’t believe what I am reading!!!! Are you sure, it’s not a mistake? I cannot believe it!! OMG it is the... Read More

This client received news of the case against her being discontinued by email whilst abroad. Below is her emailed reaction which she has agreed to be published:

OMG!!!!!!! I can’t believe what I am reading!!!!
Are you sure, it’s not a mistake? I cannot believe it!!

OMG it is the best news I have ever received in the last six months.

Thank you so much for your email and the best outcome. I remember when the first time I have spoken to you, I told you that my dream is to be one of those lucky people who wrote a testimonial in Geoffrey Miller Solicitor’s website. And then you replied that you are certain that I will be one of them. Certainly wanted to believe you, however I knew that it’s going to be a hard job to achieve it. Just so happy, that you kept your promise to the end and never let me to believe in other way.

I cannot express my gratitude, my joy and my instinct to choose Geoffrey Miller to fight for my acquittal. You were on my side during this very difficult time and God bless you and your team.

Thank you Sarah for achieving it and working towards someone else’s dream. You are a star to my eye and always be.

Miss A
Drink Driving
Case Discontinued
Bromley

Amazing service from Geoffrey Miller Solicitors. I was charged with driving with excess alcohol and I felt I was doomed. From the moment I contacted the firm, my caseworker Austin was superb. He kept me updated on everything as soon as at it came came in and filled me with... Read More

Amazing service from Geoffrey Miller Solicitors. I was charged with driving with excess alcohol and I felt I was doomed. From the moment I contacted the firm, my caseworker Austin was superb. He kept me updated on everything as soon as at it came came in and filled me with confidence. I was facing a four year ban, but Austin identified many deficiencies in the prosecution case. I can’t praise him enough. Geoffrey Miller is not inexpensive but if you’re facing a long ban, I’d go with them every time. Many thanks to my solicitor(s) Richard and Saskia who finished the case off and secured my acquittal.

Andy S
Drink Driving
Acquitted
St Albans

From the start of my initial phone call I felt reassured as it was a very worrying time for me. This continued throughout all of my correspondence with Ellie who made me feel a lot more at ease. On both my initial appearance at court and my trial day both... Read More

From the start of my initial phone call I felt reassured as it was a very worrying time for me. This continued throughout all of my correspondence with Ellie who made me feel a lot more at ease. On both my initial appearance at court and my trial day both advocates were again fantastic, especially my trial barrister.

Both of them reassuring but still giving me the facts and information of possible outcomes.
Again, all correspondence with Ellie has kept me informed of anything that may happen, she has been excellent throughout and is a credit to your company.

My overall experience with Geoffrey Miller’s has been a pleasurable one under the circumstances and I would have no hesitation in using them again myself or passing your information on to a friend or family member.

Mr M K
Drink Driving
Case Discontinued
South Yorkshire

I highly recommend Geoffrey Miller Solicitors. I was charged for drink driving and been looking for a way out. Some Solicitors had advised me to plead guilty but since I have been in contact with Geoffrey Miller Solicitors my mind was immediately put at ease and I can’t thank the... Read More

I highly recommend Geoffrey Miller Solicitors. I was charged for drink driving and been looking for a way out. Some Solicitors had advised me to plead guilty but since I have been in contact with Geoffrey Miller Solicitors my mind was immediately put at ease and I can’t thank the team enough for the outstanding outcome they have achieved for me. My case was dismissed at the first trial and all the way along I had been reassured that they will win the case.

John
Drink Driving
Case Dismissed
London

I thought from the initial contact until the very end my case was handled professionally, with care and thoughtfulness towards me. Having never been in prosecuted before i was very nervous and apprehensive of what may happen. I was immediately put at ease and kept up to date with all... Read More

I thought from the initial contact until the very end my case was handled professionally, with care and thoughtfulness towards me. Having never been in prosecuted before i was very nervous and apprehensive of what may happen. I was immediately put at ease and kept up to date with all case developments. Because of the regular contact I felt my case was being given plenty of attention and therefore gave me more and more hope towards a positive outcome. This proved to be the case and i couldn’t be any happier with your service.

Anonymous 46
Drink Driving
Acquitted
Manchester

After a lengthy Drink Driving blood charge, I was acquitted before trial due to the brilliant work of Sarah at Geoffrey Miller Solicitors, my expert and barrister they appointed for my case. I am confident that even if this case had gone to trial it would have been the same... Read More

After a lengthy Drink Driving blood charge, I was acquitted before trial due to the brilliant work of Sarah at Geoffrey Miller Solicitors, my expert and barrister they appointed for my case.

I am confident that even if this case had gone to trial it would have been the same result.

Sarah had a great eye for detail and was able to pick up upon multiple issues with my case.

Oliver
Drink Driving
Acquitted – Before Trial
Derbyshire

Case was handled great from the first call which Eleanor responded to when I called out of hours. Austin put mind at ease with his updates and positive reinforcement, was always easily accessible when I need to talk about the case. A big thank you to the team for all... Read More

Case was handled great from the first call which Eleanor responded to when I called out of hours.

Austin put mind at ease with his updates and positive reinforcement, was always easily accessible when I need to talk about the case.

A big thank you to the team for all the hard work they put in, I can now finally move on with my life.

Austin and my trial advocate were my “gladiators in suits”.

Mr T Ryans
Drink Driving
Acquitted
Manchester
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Drink Driving Penalty

First of all, the UK drink driving limit has been the source of debate for as long is it was first introduced. Perhaps now, more than ever, the legal alcohol limit in the UK is the subject of scrutiny, due to both Ireland and Scotland making the bold move to lower the blood alcohol limit for motorists in the UK to fit in line with the majority of European countries.

So what is the UK drink driving limit?

Definition of a Drink Driving Offence in the UK: It is an offence to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle on a road, or other public place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in a person’s breath exceeds the prescribed limit under. S 5. Road Traffic Act 1988.

Consequently, if you are facing a charge of driving with excess alcohol. The Prosecution will have to prove that you were driving with excess alcohol in your breath, urine or blood. Therefore, the present drink driving limits in the UK are as follows:

  • 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 ml of breath
  • 80mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood
  • 107mg of alcohol in 100 ml of urine

When a police officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that a person is driving with excess alcohol. For that reason, he can require that person to perform a roadside breath test. Most importantly, if this provides a positive reading the police will arrest the driver and take them to a police station for a further “evidential test”.

Ordinarily if the drink driving evidential sample is a breath test

Furthermore, the police constable must follow stringent procedures. Therefore, they must obtain two specimens of analysed breath tests and which exceed 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. Also, if you blow 39 or less, it is likely that the police will exercise their discretion and release you without charge. However, if both readings exceed 40 micrograms of alcohol, it is likely that the police will simply proceed to charge the driver with being over the drink driving limit. As a result, the driver must attend Court at a later date once bailed. In April 2015 the procedure for offering a secondary blood or urine test to replace a borderline breath reading was abolished. That said, if the procedures the police must follow continue to be intricate and this is where our expertise could make the difference in saving your licence.

If you are facing a charge for being over the drink driving limit but were taken to hospital and this is where you gave your sample. Most importantly, please take a look at our drink driving hospital cases page and contact our expert drink driving solicitors today.

When was the UK drink driving limit introduced?

In 1965, due to the number of drink driving road accidents, the government introduced a drink driving limit in Britain. Furthermore, in 1966 a new Road Safety Bill stated the blood alcohol limit was set to 80mg of alcohol in 100cc of blood. This was in the hope that people take more care on the roads and protect themselves as well as other drivers and pedestrians. In 1967 the Transport Minister Barbara Castles introduced the breathalyser to test a drivers’ blood alcohol level. The first breathalysers were also introduced that year meaning that the process of detecting motorists became much more streamlined than before. However, although it dramatically reduced the number of accidents caused by drink driving, the government still led campaigns to promote the ‘Don’t drink and drive’ message.

This campaign continues today. 2015 has seen the biggest shake up in drink driving limit law since the introduction of breath testing devices. Furthermore, in April 2015 saw the removal of the statutory option of a motorist’s breath sample with an optional blood or urine sample if the breath sample was borderline over the limit at 50 g or below in breath.

However, despite this removal of a safeguard for the accused, the pressure to review and reduce the drink driving limit is mounting more than ever before.

Why lower the drink driving limit?

It may seem an obvious question but when we analyse the countries that have already taken this step, it seems that investing more heavily in education would make more sense. Rather than spending millions on a further law change that would undoubtedly criminalise otherwise law abiding motorists.

Ireland were the first to make the move to lower the drink driving limit back on 8th October 2012. They reduced the level of alcohol permitted from 0.8 (80 mgs/100mls) to 0.5 (50mg/100mls).  They also introduced a further lower limit of 0.2 (20 mgs/ 100mls) “specified” drivers listed below:

Lower Limit of 0.2 (20 mgs/ 100mls) for “Specified” Drivers
A holder of a learner permit
Holder of a first driver licence (for category of vehicle being driven) within 2 years of issue
Holder of a C, C1, D, D1, EB, EC, EC1, ED, ED1 or W category
Holder of a SPSV licence whilst driving in the course of business
Person not holding a driving licence for the category of vehicle being driven
Furthermore if no licence is produced at scene, the person is tested at the lower limit

Reports suggest that despite the limit being lowered, the attitude of Irish motorists towards the drink driving limit has been mixed. With a campaign to allow motorists to drink drive in rural areas being taken to the highest level!

Scotland introduced the lower drink driving limit of 50mg of alcohol in every 100ml of blood at the end of 2014. This was in an effort to reduce the number of alcohol related accidents and fatalities. However, there have been numerous reports since then that the reduction in the drink driving limit has not had the intended effect and offending rates are no different from before the limit was reduced.

Is it time for Brits to shut up and drive (without the drink?!)

Regardless of the arguments for and against lowering the UK drink driving limit. There is no getting away from the fact that along with Malta, we have the highest blood alcohol limit in Europe. Most importantly, as shown in this table below with alcohol limits shown in grams per litre.

It is also notable that many other countries have lower drink driving limit levels for commercial and novice drivers.

CountryStandardCommercial driversNovice drivers
Austria0.50.10.1
Belgium0.50.20.5
Bulgaria0.50.50.5
Croatia0.50.00.0
Cyprus0.20.20.2
Czech Republic0.00.00.0
Denmark0.50.50.5
Estonia0.20.20.2
Finland0.50.50.5
France0.50.5 (0.2 bus drivers)0.2 (from Jul 2015)
Germany0.50.00.0
Greece0.50.20.2
Hungary0.00.00.0
Ireland0.50.20.2
Italy0.50.00.0
Latvia0.50.50.2
Lithuania0.40.00.0 (from Jan 2015)
Luxembourg0.50.20.2
Malta0.80.80.8
Netherlands0.50.50.2
Poland0.20.20.2
Portugal0.50.20.2
Romania0.00.00.0
Slovakia0.00.00.0
Slovenia0.50.00.0
Spain0.50.30.3
Sweden0.20.20.2
UK [i]0.80.80.8
Switzerland0.50.00.0

[i] Scotland 0,5 as of December 2014 for all groups. The rest of the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) remain unchanged.

Last updated: July 2015 from The European Transport Safety Council.

†Figures include successful appeals and exclude cases lost that are the subject of appeal as at 31 December 2017.

Not Sure What to Do About Your Drink Driving Offence?

Most people who get in touch with our team of drink driving 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 being over the drink driving limit 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 about your drink driving limit charge.

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 drink driving limit offence 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. Because 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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