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What You Should do if Accused of Drink Driving

By Practice Group Leader, Road Traffic Defence

Despite efforts and annual campaigns to tackle drink and drug driving, many people continue to break the law when getting behind the wheel.

As road traffic defence lawyers we see lives ruined all too often, especially around the festive period when people are tempted to drive during or after a night out.

We have commissioned research asking over 2,000 motorists their thoughts and experiences on driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

To support the research we will be releasing a series of blogs which highlight the dangers of both drug driving and drink driving.

Find out what you should do in the event that you are pulled over by the police and accused of drink driving by watching our expert advice video with Paul Reddy.

What Happens If You Are Pulled Over by The Police?

If the police suspect you of drink-driving you will be breathalysed by the roadside.

Roadside breath test machines are not “evidential”, they are screening devices only. They test for the presence of alcohol so you could easily provide a positive reading at the roadside but not be over the limit of alcohol when measured later on, at the police station.

For this reason it is never a good idea to intentionally fail to provide a reading and this is why you would always be taken back to the police station for a more accurate reading if your results are positive.

What Happens If You Are Taken to The Police Station For Drink Driving?

When you are booked in at the police station you have certain rights and entitlements. One of your rights is access to advice from a drink driving offence solicitor. However, police will not delay their procedure in order to allow you to speak to a solicitor. You should provide them with a specimen because failure to do so will mean you are committing a separate offence – failing to provide an evidential specimen.

After you have provided a specimen, you can then speak to a solicitor. The police might even help you to reach one on the telephone.

What Lawyer Should You Instruct For Drink Driving Offences?

It is important to get an expert who knows what they are talking about because if you are convicted of a drink driving offence there is a mandatory 12-month driving disqualification in both England and Wales.

The lawyers at Slater and Gordon have a 93 per cent positive result rate in defending traffic offences. We can provide you with advice anytime 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

For a free consultation or legal representation for a drink driving offence, call our Drink Driving Solicitors on freephone 0808 175 7998 or contact us online.

Paul Reddy is the head of road traffic defence at Slater and Gordon Lawyers. He is based in our Manchester office.

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