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Do you want to talk to the Drink Driving Solicitors who from 1st January 2015 until 31th December 2016…

WON 100% of our Blood Drink Driving cases!

WON 100% of our Urine Drink Driving cases!

from 1st January 2016 until 31st December 2016…

WON 100% of our Fail to Provide a Specimen cases!

WON 96% of our Blood Drug Driving cases!

WON 91% of our Breath Drink Driving cases!

And achieved an overall 95% success rate in securing NOT GUILTY verdicts in our drink driving and drug driving related trials


If you need to know the drink driving sentencing guidelines and if this is your first drink driving related offence within the last 10 years, the mandatory minimum penalty is a 12 month ban and a fine. It is not possible to have a partial ban where you can drive for certain activities such as work. A ban means NO DRIVING!

The ban imposed may be longer depending on a number of factors such as the reading you gave and whether there are any “aggravating” features like a police chase, an accident or evidence of very poor driving.

The Magistrates will take into account guidelines issued to them when deciding what penalty to impose.

If this is a repeat offence within a 10 year period, the mandatory minimum penalty is a 3 year ban and a fine. If the repeat offence is within a fairly short period since the previous conviction(s) the Magistrates may wish to consider imposing a more serious penalty such as community service or even prison. Unlike in America, where a day in jail is commonplace, it is quite rare for a custodial penalty of any length to be imposed but you should be aware that the Magistrates do have the power to impose a prison sentence of up to 6 months for any alcohol related offence.

We appreciate that you are probably scared out of your wits by this information. It is EXTREMELY RARE for defendants of previous good character to be sentenced to a period of custody following a drink driving charge. If you are at risk of a custodial penalty, you may qualify for legal aid. However, we do not offer our services under the legal aid scheme. If you are looking for a legal aid lawyer, we suggest you contact the Community Legal Services Board for details of a firm in your area.

For more details about the possible penalties for the offences with which you have been charged, please take some time to consider the penalties and guidelines page. Or, call our team of specialist drink driving solicitors who can help you with your drink driving case.

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Court Costs if guilty plea entered at first hearing

The CPS uses a scale when calculating costs. The scale represents the average costs incurred in a wide range of cases. Obviously the more complex a case becomes, the higher the costs and for each additional defendant in a case the total level of costs is increased by 20%.

In a Magistrates’ Court if a guilty plea is entered at the first hearing the likely costs will be one of the following;

Summary Guilty Plea

  • Lower – £105
  • Average – £135
  • Higher – £160

Court Costs if convicted after trial

Summary Trial

  • Lower – £620
  • Average – £775
  • Higher – £930

For more guidance on the likely level of costs that will be sought, please refer to the Crown Prosecution Service website.

Victim’s surcharge

The victim’s surcharge is an additional fixed levy dependent on the sentence imposed and up to a maximum of £120 applied by the Court, not the CPS, when sentencing a Defendant. The money generated by this charge is spilt between;

  1. The Home Office;
  2. The CPS – to put into their “No Victims No Justice” project;
  3. Various organisations that deal with witness care.

The term witness is used but it essentially means the money goes to victims of crime. There do not have to be victims directly affected by the specific crime the Defendant was convicted for.

AdultVictim Surcharge
A conditional discharge£15
A fine10% 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 sentence6 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


In addition to receiving a driving ban, you will be fined and ordered to pay court costs. The amount of the fine will depend on a few factors concerning the nature of the offence and your own income. The fine used to be capped to a maximum of £5000 but this cap was removed in 2015 so the fine is now unlimited and is calculated by reference to the offender’s income. Typically, the fine will be 1.5 x the offender’s net weekly earnings.

It may be possible to arrange to pay the fine by way of instalments depending on your income.

Community order

Community orders can be imposed with the following requirement(s):

  • Unpaid work requirement;
  • Activity requirement;
  • Programme requirement;
  • Prohibited activity requirement;
  • Curfew requirement;
  • Exclusion requirement;
  • Residence requirement;
  • Mental health treatment requirement;
  • Drug rehabilitation requirement;
  • Alcohol treatment requirement;
  • Supervision requirement;
  • Attendance centre requirement;

Drink Drive Rehabilitation Course

You are likely to be offered the opportunity to completing the Drink Drive Rehabilitation Course which, if completed successfully by a specified date that will result in a reduction of up to 25% from your period of disqualification. This course will last at least 16 hours, spread over a number of days. You will have to pay the cost of the course (typically £3-500). You are not forced to attend the course but if you do not attend and complete it, to the satisfaction of the course organisers, you will have to serve the whole period of your disqualification.

Getting your licence back

When you are eligible to drive again you will have to reapply for a new licence yourself, directly to the DVLA. The DVLA should send you an application to renew your driving licence 56 days before your disqualification ends. You will not be able to drive until you have reapplied for your licence. If you drive before this point, even though the period of the driving disqualification is over, you are technically driving otherwise than in accordance with a valid licence and may be charged with an offence.

Repeat offenders or High Risk offenders

If you are disqualified with an alcohol level of over: 200mg per 100ml of blood; OR 87.5µg per 100ml of breath; OR 267.5mg per 100ml of urine or you are disqualified twice in 10 years for certain alcohol related offences you will be classed as a ‘high risk offender’. The DVLA requires ‘high risk offenders’ to undergo medical enquiries before your driving licence can be renewed.

Following disqualification, the DVLA should contact you to explain that, upon reapplying for your licence at the end of the disqualification, the question of whether the conviction indicates a medical disability and, if so, whether you have brought the drinking problem under control, will be assessed. They should send you the necessary application form 90 days before your disqualification ends. The DVLA will advise you to seek help and advice during the period of disqualification. You must satisfy the Medical Advisory Branch at the Department for Transport that you do not have an alcohol problem before a licence is issued.

The assessment will involve: filling in a medical questionnaire about your medical history and how much alcohol you drink, a physical examination, a urine test and blood tests. This currently costs about £100.00.

Application for early return of your licence (2 year ban or more only)

If disqualified for more than 2 years, there are circumstances when you may make an application to the court to remove the disqualification that was imposed earlier than the date ordered by the court. This is only possible if no retest has been ordered. The application must be made to the court that imposed the original ban and they will consider the following criteria:

  • The offender’s character and post-conviction conduct;
  • The nature of the offence for which he was convicted; and
  • Any other circumstances of the case.

An application may only be if:

  • Two years have passed since disqualification of four years or less was ordered; or
  • One half of the period of disqualification has passed, if four years to ten years disqualification was ordered; or
  • Five years have passed if a disqualification for ten years or more was ordered.

If your application is refused, it is possible to renew the application after a period of three months from the date of refusal.

Figures include successful appeals and exclude cases lost that are the subject of appeal as at 23 December 2016.

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