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DRUNK IN CHARGE

Geoffrey Miller Solicitors are specialist Drunk in Charge Solicitors. Call our team of expert motoring solicitors for some free initial advice.

Do you want to talk to the Drink Driving Solicitors who from 1st January 2015 until 31st December 2017…

WON 100% of our Urine Drink Driving Cases!

WON 98% of our Blood Drink Driving Cases!

WON 83% of our Breath Drink Driving Cases!

WON 91% of our Fail to Provide Cases!

WON 93% of our Drug Driving Cases!

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

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OUR DRUNK IN CHARGE TESTIMONIALS

I was charged with being Drunk in charge of a vehicle. Two days before the court day, my charge was increased to drink driving. Austin was calm and followed through his investigation. Statements were’nt accurate. I admitted to being drunk in charge. Geoffrey Miller Solicitor got the best outcome for... Read More

I was charged with being Drunk in charge of a vehicle. Two days before the court day, my charge was increased to drink driving. Austin was calm and followed through his investigation. Statements were’nt accurate. I admitted to being drunk in charge.

Geoffrey Miller Solicitor got the best outcome for my case.

Shane
Drunk In Charge
Ban Avoided
Cheltenham

From the initial call I made I was put completely at ease, Eleanor explained all of the possible scenarios and all of the relevant costs. I then got John as my contact to worker on the case and he was completely professional throughout, he communicated with me throughout and was... Read More

From the initial call I made I was put completely at ease, Eleanor explained all of the possible scenarios and all of the relevant costs. I then got John as my contact to worker on the case and he was completely professional throughout, he communicated with me throughout and was excellent.

When it came to the court case I met with my advocate who had travelled down from Manchester, he arrived on time and was very thorough in explaining the way he would put my case forward.

The outcome was just as I was was told it would be and I was very pleased with the result.

I would not hesitate to recommend you in the future to anyone who was in the position that I was.

Many thanks to the three people that worked on my case.

Regards
Mr G Jagger

Mr G Jagger
Drunk In Charge
Admitted guilt to lesser offence
Leicester

I was stuck in a situation where years of hard work could have just been taken away from me in a moment luckily I found these these guys online. Austin who I dealt with right from the very beginning heard my situation and supported me through out the whole thing... Read More

I was stuck in a situation where years of hard work could have just been taken away from me in a moment luckily I found these these guys online. Austin who I dealt with right from the very beginning heard my situation and supported me through out the whole thing step by step, explaining everything that he was doing in a way I could understand he worked his magic and they got a ACQUITTAL before I even went to court witch in my eyes seemed very unlikely. I can’t explain how much I would recommend them !!!

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Mr Shahin Begaj
Drink Driving, Drunk In Charge
Acquitted
London

Initially we believed my case to be a little stronger than it was. Unfortunately for us, the Police procedure was carried out meticulously. My advocate in court on trial day was superb, and managed to get the CPS to downgrade to a lower charge, which meant I only received a... Read More

Initially we believed my case to be a little stronger than it was. Unfortunately for us, the Police procedure was carried out meticulously.

My advocate in court on trial day was superb, and managed to get the CPS to downgrade to a lower charge, which meant I only received a 2 month ban, instead of a 2 year ban.

P Allen
Drink Driving, Drunk in Charge
Charge dropped; pleaded guilty to a lesser charge
Midlands

Amazing advocacy. Great team…. Thank you so much for everything. Worth every ‘expensive’ penny!!!”

Anonymous 36
Drink Driving, Drunk in Charge
Acquitted
London

A person driving my car left the scene of an accident and i was found asleep by the police. My car was not drivable and i was charged with both drink driving and drunk in charge after a reading of 103. John was outstanding, managing my case from start to... Read More

A person driving my car left the scene of an accident and i was found asleep by the police. My car was not drivable and i was charged with both drink driving and drunk in charge after a reading of 103. John was outstanding, managing my case from start to finish and was always on hand to keep my anxiety and concerns to a minimum. He gave a very personable and empathetic persona which helped given the mitigating factors affecting me at the time.
My job means that losing my license would not only impact me but also a number of people who rely on me to drive. On the day I was represented by someone who seemed to genuinely care, he was pleasant and professional with a highly astute understanding of how to move forward with the case. He made me feel very comfortable offering clear advice and guidance, culminating with the correct strategy that ended with an acquittal.

Mr James
Drink Driving, Drunk In Charge
Acquitted
kent

From the moment I contacted Geoffrey Miller Solicitors the whole experience was 100%. All options were explained fully putting at ease all the anxieties that myself and my son were concerned about. You were very efficient and handled my son’s case with sensitivity and understanding in all areas a very... Read More

From the moment I contacted Geoffrey Miller Solicitors the whole experience was 100%. All options were explained fully putting at ease all the anxieties that myself and my son were concerned about. You were very efficient and handled my son’s case with sensitivity and understanding in all areas a very professional operation. Your whole team helped and worked in getting the outcome that we had hoped for. The barrister who represented my son was brilliant she really put over very well my son’s case.

I am completely satisfied and would recommend your services to anyone.

Jules Taylor
Drunk In Charge
Ban Avoided
West Sussex

Having experienced hopeless scepticism from a local solicitor specialising in drink driving cases, I received reassurance and comfort from Jeanette Miller who spoke directly to me. My case was expertly handled by John Ruane of the firm’s solicitors, who provided frequent updates and legal explanations. John arranged for expert testimony,... Read More

Having experienced hopeless scepticism from a local solicitor specialising in drink driving cases, I received reassurance and comfort from Jeanette Miller who spoke directly to me. My case was expertly handled by John Ruane of the firm’s solicitors, who provided frequent updates and legal explanations. John arranged for expert testimony, in the event not used, and for my barrister to represent me at the first hearing with my plea of not guilty. He went further, negotiating with the Magistrate for deferral so I could attend the Pan-Celtic Festival in Ireland. John’s appointment of my barrister to represent me at trial was critical and brilliant. The charge of drink driving was withdrawn, and on advice I pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of being in control. My plea was accepted and I retained my driving licence with 10 penalty points. Albeit we did not fight the technical issues – including my competence to drive – this was a huge relief to me. I now drive and recently drove in Canada. I thank Geoffrey Miller Solicitors and their appointment of John Ruane for servicing my case so engagingly and effectively. My testimony is commendation, and encouragement to others with serious difficulties to have confidence in their good offices.

Dr Richard Wyn Jones
Drink Driving, Drunk In Charge
Acquitted
Anglesey, Wales

Quite simply, if you want the best chance of avoiding a driving ban, look no further than this firm. They are ‘The’ leading experts in this field. My solicitor & the team are professional in ever sense and manage your expectations from start to finish. I cannot praise or thank... Read More

Quite simply, if you want the best chance of avoiding a driving ban, look no further than this firm. They are ‘The’ leading experts in this field. My solicitor & the team are professional in ever sense and manage your expectations from start to finish. I cannot praise or thank them enough.

Dominic Reed
Drunk In Charge
Case Thrown Out
London

From the initial call with Ellie I was very impressed at how she covered all areas of concern and eased my mind with the gravity of the situation. The guidance and contact until the court date was professional and punctual, with no minor details overlooked. On the day I attended... Read More

From the initial call with Ellie I was very impressed at how she covered all areas of concern and eased my mind with the gravity of the situation. The guidance and contact until the court date was professional and punctual, with no minor details overlooked. On the day I attended court I was again impressed with my barrister. He was extremely knowledgeable (more so than three duty solicitors and magistrates during a hearing before mine he helped to clear up a confusion). Obviously I’m thrilled with the outcome of my case as I got the result I was hoping for, without my barrister’s help on the day I doubt this would have been possible. If anyone needed a similar service I’d happily recommend.

Anonymous 21
Drunk In Charge
Ban Avoided
London
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Drunk In Charge Penalty

You may think that “sleeping it off” in your car is a perfectly legal thing to do but you could face a serious prosecution of being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle. The good news is that the drunk in charge offence is not as serious as the related offence of drink driving and there is no mandatory 12 month ban although a ban it’s not out of the question for this offence. There is a fairly significant mandatory minimum penalty of 10 penalty points which, if convicted, could lead you to being banned under the “totting up” procedures if you have 3 points or more already on your licence.

To secure a conviction for being drunk in charge, the Crown must prove that you were in charge of a motor vehicle in a public place whilst unfit or over the prescribed limit of alcohol. Please contact our drink driving solicitors for free initial advice on Freephone 0800 1389 123 or request a free call back below.

Drunk in charge of a motor vehicle UK

When determining whether you were drunk in charge of the vehicle the Court will take into account the following issues:

  • Where you were sitting;
  • What you were doing;
  • Where the keys were; and
  • Whether there was any evidence of you having an intention to take control of the vehicle.

Being asleep at the wheel of a car with the key in the ignition could be found to be drunk in charge.

Whilst unfit

The Prosecution must introduce evidence of alcohol or drug consumption to the extent that it would have impaired a person’s ability to drive. This can be done by producing evidential breath, blood or urine test results but is commonly achieved by introducing evidence about the manner of driving.

But I was only sat in my car and I didn’t intend to drive!

Unlike many other criminal allegations where it is down to the CPS to prove you have committed an offence, with the offence of being drunk in charge if you intend to defend the allegation it is up to the accused to prove that you had no intention of driving the vehicle. These defences are referred to as “statutory defences”. There is a statutory defence available to the offence under s 4 and 5 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Section 4

The defendant must prove that it was more likely than not that he would not have driven so long as he remained unfit to do so in which case, he is not considered to be in charge.

Section 5

The defendant must prove that it was more likely than not that he had no intention of driving whilst the level of alcohol in his breath, blood or urine remained above the prescribed limit in which case, he is not considered to be in charge.

With the driver who sleeps it off in their car, there is always a risk that the police may allege that they would have driven when awake but still over the limit.

Fighting the drunk in charge allegation

Our specialist team of lawyers and experts will review all of the evidence against you and advise you of the strengths and weaknesses of the case. We may be able to secure your acquittal if we can prove that you had no intention of driving the vehicle, there has been an inaccurate breath reading or if there is a technical defence.

Pleading guilty to drunk in charge offence

Take a look at the penalty pdf for more details of the possible punishments for this offence that range from some or all of the following:

  • A fine;
  • A community order;
  • A minimum of 10 penalty points; or
  • A disqualification period of up to 12 months.

If you plan on pleading GUILTY to the offence of drunk in charge, it is important to have a specialist representative to ensure that the court imposes the lowest penalty possible. Especially if you are at risk of being disqualified.

†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 Drunk In Charge Offence?

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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