We find that the majority of people we represent for this type of offence have no experience of attending Court. The consequences of a conviction are a minimum driving disqualification of 12 months, which will increase depending on how far over the limit you were. The legal limits are 35μg in breath, 80mg in blood, or 107mg urine. Usually a financial penalty will accompany the disqualification, but the Court can consider imposing a prison sentence even on a first offence.
Most people automatically expect to plead guilty for this type of offence. It can however be extremely useful to obtain legal advice before committing yourself to such a course of action. The police must ensure they comply with various procedures throughout the whole intoximeter procedure – failure to do so could result in the Crown Prosecution Service failing to secure a conviction.
Depending on your financial circumstances, your previous record and how far you were above the prescribed limit, you may be entitled to Legal Aid. We can advise you on whether this is the case.
We have successfully defended many people on this type of case. If you need any advice or help contact us immediately.