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  • Blossomchops's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 AM
    Thank you for your reply
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  • price1367's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    A spot on answer from SuicidalDepressive! :D And with that, I see I have reached 1500 posts. Doesn't seem long since I noticed I had got to 1000.....
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  • price1367's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    The motocross track would not be considered a public place, because the access is limited to other race riders. If he was riding around the public car park, or there was an open meeting where anyone could go on the track then this could be different, but as it stands, he is OK to race on the track.
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  • Anthonypv's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:39 PM
    So I'm just going to speak freely here please do it judge me I have changed my lifestyle and gotten help for my addiction. Here we go so a friend and I got some Heroin and a few Xanax pills. We ate them Xanax and looked for a place to use the other stuff. I was driving at this point. We went to a fast food restaurant and into the bathroom. My friend went in first and came out. When I went in I sort of overdosed and a worker came in and saw me. I was breathing and everything just not awake. The next thing I remember is waking up in my friends car in the driver's seat with the ac on high (I never use the ac BTW) it was hot very hot that day. I've been told that the worker pulled me outside and a good Samaritan saw me and apparently asked me if this was my car I was laying by. I must have nodded or said yes he picked me up and put me in the front seat and turned the car on with the keys he found in my pocket. Put my seat back and called the cops and took off. (I have no memory of this at all) I wake up (sort of) to the police opening up my door and pulling me out. And making me do field sobriety test which I failed I'm sure. From there we went to the police station most of which I do not remember and was sleeping. Then they took me to the hospital where they drew blood. The police left. Leaveing me no ticket or anything. Just a card with where they towed my friends vehicle. (which we got the next morning) they didn't find any drugs on me just some paraphernalia. The hospital let me go as soon as the police left. This was in June 10 2017 its now Sept 23 haven't heard anything except the dmv is revoking my license I guess got that letter yesterday. Do you think the state has a case against me being I didnt get in the car to drive it myself but rather was placed into the car by someone else and they also started the car. And it wasn't my car. And I never told the police I was driving at all. Any advice would be great thanks for reading.
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  • SuicidalDepressive's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    Hi, no worries. Yeah, it is something that will have to be declared even when it's spent, but with the DBS Filtering guidelines, if 11 years after the conviction has passed and you have no other convictions, the DBS will filter it out of any standard/enhanced check, so you could then stop referring to it. Obviously, that's more of a long-term gain but it's nice if you ever wanted to apply to be a Partner or Director in a city firm down the line, not having to bring this up at every turning-point in your career. Personally, I will complete the degree myself this year, submit the pre-eligibility check for the SRA, but then I'm going onto a little bit of a career break for a year or two or at least that's the plan. Going to try and get some work in the area of law I'm interested in, but not necessarily legal. Reason being is that my offence was partially triggered by mentally burning myself out trying to max-out the legal work experience. After that, i'll see how I feel and whether or not I want to go back. Can't say a lot to be helpful on the city front. I applied to quite a few pre-offence and I got rejected, but that being said the people who got accepted tended to be people who were older, had a wealth of experience so you could do well. Also, I knew a few people who worked as paralegals before applying for training contracts. It's advantageous as it obviously provides practical experience and can count toward the LPC. Something to bear in mind possibly if funding is an issue. I suppose you could on some forms just write something to the effect of 'motoring offence...can discuss at interview', or lay the offence and the mitigation on thick, depending on whether you were concerned it would stop you getting your foot in the door for applying for small experience. But, with the SRA, it really shouldn't be a problem if you have references attesting your good character and how you have been 'rehabilitated' since the offence...etc. Historically, the law has high-profile QC's and solicitors who've even been to prison for more serious offences, such as fraud or ABH, which you'd think would be a automatic bar but there you go. City TC's are difficult for everyone to get it would seem, but good experience can get you quite far. Hope that can be of help,
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  • Forum Moderator's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:01 PM
    If a police officer reasonably suspects that a person has been driving, attempting to drive or has been in charge of a vehicle on a road or other public place while having alcohol in their system then they can require that person to provide a specimen, even at home. Section 15 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 allows the court to assume that the proportion of alcohol in the accused's breath, blood or urine at the time of the alleged offence was not less than it was when the specimen was provided. It would be the suspected drink driver's responsibility to prove, in a court of law, that they had consumed alcohol between the time of the alleged offence and the time the specimen was taken and had they not consumed that alcohol then the proportion of alcohol in their system would not have exceeded the legal limit. In a nutshell the police wouldnt know if a person 'necked half a bottle of jack daniels or similar'. The police would simply require a specimen for analysis and if the proportion of alcohol in the specimen exceeded the legal limit, the person would be charged with the relevant offence. That person would then have to prove, at court, that they had in fact consumed alcohol after the relevant time of driving or being in charge and had they not consumed said alcohol then the proportion of alcohol in their bodies would not have exceeded the legal limit. Not an easy or cheap task!
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  • Blossomchops's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:31 AM
    Hi, my husband is currently on a 17 month driving ban. He wants to ride his motocross bike on a track, can he do this? He seems to think he can because the public won't be on the track but aren't the other riders considered the public? Would he be breaking the conditions of his ban? Many thanks
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  • Confused idiot's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 09:07 PM
    It would seem not. I've come home to a court summons this evening. 107mg of alcohol in 100ml blood. First time offence, what am I looking at and do I need a solicitor?
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  • Daizy77's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 07:58 PM
    What are the laws on police testing you once you are home? I have seen a couple of stories on here about people being tested once they are "safely" home. If they knocked on 20 mins or so after you got home, how would they know you hadn't necked half a bottle of jack Daniels or similar?
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  •'s Avatar
    09-22-2017, 06:25 PM
    I was pulled over by weymouth police and breath tested in the back where i failed 2 times to provide a breath test. They then tokd me if i didnt provide i would be prisecuted and they needed me to blow as hard as i could. This priduced a fail. Tgen they arrested me and took me tp station where they pyt me on the machobe at the station. W failed attempts and tgey put me in tge cells for 2 hours. Then they tested me again and it was a pass. I was told that could not be used as evidence in my case. I have to appear in weymouth magistrates court on 29th september .
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  • Wristaction's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 04:30 PM
    Hi I was wondering if anyone could answer this for me, I was banned from driving nearly 3 yrs ago for drink driving and I have to do a medical to apply for a licence now. My ban is up, and my question is, if I was to drive without applying for my licence and be stopped, would it be treated as a normal case of driving without a licence ect.. or as a driving whilst banned case? Ovs the two offences are night and day as driving whilst banned you will be imprisonment and without a licence points ect.. thanks
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  • Toonarmy7187's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 03:27 PM
    will do seems to be taking forever so I take it I Am not in the red category then Of The blood test
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  • Jackg100's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 02:47 PM
    Thanks for the helpful response. I was under the impression that being a solicitor was one of the jobs where you have to declare your criminal record even if it is spent? I am in the process of applying to the SRA at the moment with a view to applying for vacation schemes/training contracts at city law firms this year. I'll have work references (who I made aware of the offence at the first opportunity) as well as a reference from a counsellor as one of the factors that led to the incident were some historic personal/family issues that had recently resurfaced for which I went to about 14 months of counselling. I am also applying to firms who fund the GDL/LPC as I can't afford to self-fund... I am in my late 20s and applying as a career changer. Have you completed your degree? Do you think you'll take the legal career route? Thanks.
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  • price1367's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 10:35 AM
    They may well have concerns about something in the medical or the questionnaire.... but equally it may just be a casual enquiry. Get in touch with your GP and beg them to fill in the form quickly and return it to minimise delay.
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  • Toonarmy7187's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 08:25 AM
    Ok so took cdt test now they've had to send a letter to my go for further information don't know what's going on ?
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  • rage's Avatar
    09-21-2017, 06:17 PM
    I hope you can advise me further Sean regards rages
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  • rage's Avatar
    09-21-2017, 02:29 PM
    Hello Sean thank you for your reply. So when on the D1 form it asks how am I applying should I simply tick the renewal box or the box where it says applying after a drink driving offence, this is where I don't know what to do as it's been 11 years since my ban was was wondering will it be just a simple renewal? Also it asks for the dates of the offence and the court I only remember the latter which was Retford. I really appreciate your time in replying back to me...many thanks regards rages
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  • SeanJoyceStephensons's Avatar
    09-21-2017, 01:28 PM
    When you are disqualified from driving for more than 56 days your licence is automatically revoked. The application process after a drink driving ban where you are not a high risk offender (as in your case) should simply be a paper exercise. You can use the D1 form to renew your licence but you must answer any questions accurately. A previous drink driving conviction where you were NOT categorised as a high risk offender should not stop you from simply obtaining a licence back through a paper exercise. They are unlikely to consider any medical issues or otherwise unless that has been alerted to the DVLA previously.
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  • rage's Avatar
    09-21-2017, 01:04 PM
    dear sean pls can you advise me on the above matter, will really appreciate it.
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  • Livingfree's Avatar
    09-21-2017, 11:53 AM
    Hi guys, not specifically drink driving but I had my licence revoked in August 16 due to previous alcohol dependency. I was in a really bad relationship and going through a tough time and stupidly thought that binge drinking was the answer. Turns out that leaving my partner in August last year was the real answer and I haven't touched a drop of alcohol since then plus had regular blood tests at my doctors. However, a few weeks after we separated I received a letter from the DVLA stating that a 'third party' had reported me as being previously alcohol dependent and they did some enquiries. Doesn't take a genius to work out who that may have been. Anyway, I had discussed this with my doctor previously and as it is on my medical records, the DVLA revoked my licence for 12 months from 22nd August 16. I didn't even realise that you had to notify the DVLA about this, fool that I am! I re-applied for my licence at the beginning of July 17 and filled in the DR1 etc. Unfortunately I missed the section of the report that mentions eyesight so had to send it back in again a few weeks later. The DVLA said 8 days ago that they have now written to my doctor which may take a further 6 weeks. My doctor said he posted the form back to them on Monday this week. I get the feeling that this whole process is going to take a long time. My question is, does anyone know how long should I expect to wait and what happens after they get the info from my doctor giving the green light. Is the next step a medical and does anyone know how long should this whole thing take? I'm not getting my hopes up for anything to happen soon judging by the other threads.
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