Drink driving – sentencing guidelines

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If you are charged with a drink driving offence and attend Aldershot Magistrates’ Court, you will be expected to enter a plea, either guilty or not guilty on the first occasion that the matter is listed. If you plead guilty, you could be sentenced there and then. If the specimen that you provided at the police station was measured in breath, and the reading is between 36-59, you can expect a fine and a disqualification from driving for between 12-16 months. If the reading is between 60-89, you can expect a larger fine and disqualification for between 17-22 months. A reading between 90-119 may result in a community order and disqualification for between 23-28 months. Any higher reading could result in a custodial sentence and disqualification between 29-36 months. These are the guidelines produced by the Sentencing Guidelines Council and the court will generally apply them.
Having said that, every case is different and you would expect your lawyer to advance the information that will best assist your case and be most persuasive on the mind of the court.
The law relating to drink driving is rather complex and certain defences are available. On some occasions, even though you plead guilty, there may be special reasons which can be advanced that may allow the courts not to disqualify. That’s why it is vital that your lawyer knows you and your circumstances thoroughly. I pride myself on this aspect of my service: it makes for better law, and a better result.
When you attend court, remember to take both parts of your driving licence. Do not expect to be able to drive away from court; even if the matter is not resolved on the first occasion you may receive an interim disqualification!

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