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When charged with an offence of drink driving, you should ensure that the police have followed the correct procedures. The law is quite clear in this area that because you are providing evidence against yourself, the police must rigidly adhere to the correct procedures. Any deviation from the correct procedure can mean that you have a technical defence to the charge, despite being over the drink drive limit.
Cunninghams Draycott Browne Solicitors have many years’ experience in defending drivers in road traffic matters and we specialise in drink driving cases.
If you find yourself charged with a drink driving related offence, or even if you have been bailed by the police until the results of your samples are returned, contact us for confidential and expert advice. If the procedure has been conducted incorrectly, we will be able to identify the breach in procedure and present your case at Court. In some cases it is possible to have the case dismissed without the need of your case proceeding to trial.
A drink driving conviction can have a devastating impact upon your future and it is important that you have the best representation.
A recent case that hit the national press was that of the actress Anna Parker, wife of the Inspector Lynley actor, Nathaniel Parker.
Mrs Parker was charged with an offence of driving with excess alcohol and had appeared before the Court represented by a solicitor and entered a guilty plea to the charge. Therefore she stood to be sentenced and disqualified from driving. Had it not been for her appearing before a District Judge with knowledge of this particular area of law she would have received a disqualification.
The issue in this case was that she had an accident and provided a roadside breath test of 43ųg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35ųg. Following the accident she was taken to hospital where there was a delay in her being treated. She was later conveyed to the police station where she provided two specimens of breath of 23ųg and 24ųg, which are of course below the legal limit. The police charged her with driving with excess alcohol based upon her initial reading at the roadside, being 43ųg. The roadside breath test is a screening sample only and cannot form the basis of a charge of driving with excess alcohol.
The above example emphasis the need for representation with specialist knowledge in this area of law. Contacting Cunninghams Draycott Browne Solicitors is your first port of call and may be the difference between a disqualification and keeping your licence.