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Drink Driving
| 03 December 2019

Do you know what the legal limits and penalties are for drink driving?

Take care when approaching this Christmas period and don’t risk losing your license.

The Road Traffic Act (1988) states that the legal limits of alcohol are as follows:

· 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath;

· 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood;

· 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of urine.

If convicted of drink driving you can face up to 6 months’ imprisonment, and/or an unlimited fine and disqualification for at least a year. Even being in charge of a vehicle whilst above the legal limit could result in 3 months’ imprisonment, up to £2500 fine and the possibility of a disqualification.

It is impossible to know precisely how much you can drink in order to remain below these limits. The safest advice is to avoid driving after drinking alcohol and to use alternative modes of transport.

Should you be unfortunate enough to find yourself in need of assistance, Paul Robinson Solicitors has vast expertise in motoring offences and can offer a range of advice and representation for all manner of motoring incidents. We are readily available to cover police interviews and representation at Magistrates and Crown Court hearings.

You are entitled to free and independent legal advice at the police station if you are being interviewed under caution, but it is important to note that drink drive procedures cannot be delayed to facilitate legal representation.

Any refusal to partake in such a procedure or an attempt to delay it, can be deemed in law to be a ‘refusal’ to provide a sample and result in a charge of failing to provide. This can lead to a minimum disqualification of 12 months, a fine and or imprisonment of up to 6 months.

We offer a friendly and professional service to all clients at crucial times. If you need advice and support for a similar issue, please call 01702 338338 or our out-of-office number 01702 34252524 available 24 hours a day. We have offices in Westcliff, Benfleet, Billericay (01277 500123) and Stratford (020 8049 5888).

This article is created by a Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP “Brand Ambassador” who are students and unqualified.  The article provides their views on the topic and does not necessarily deal with every important topic or cover every aspect of the topics with which it deals. It is not designed to provide legal or other advice and nor does it necessarily reflect the views of this firm.

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