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  1. #141
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Had been at a wedding. Drank 3 large glasses of wine and (really stupidly) a shot of sambuca. Sure the wine would have put me over anyway as i am tiny and didn't eat much, but the shot was definitely the nail in the coffin. Got lost on the way home. Pulled over to do sat nav. my wing mirror had suffered damage the week previous (hedge)
    and I think this was part of the reason the police decided to pull up next to me. (I was so gutted about the wing mirror at the time of it happening - if only I could have seen into the future eh!! what a fool...)

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    82mg and 80mg in breath at the station. 80 reading given in court. Couldn't get the breathalyser to give a reading at the roadside, think because I was on the verge of panic attack and couldn't really breathe properly.

    Mitigating Factors:
    First offence, good previous driving record. Complied fully with police. Polite by nature. character reference from my mother in law who is a retired teacher. Submitted an early guilty plea via post. (I believe) it was clear I was obviously an *idiot* on this occasion rather than someone who made a habit of this behaviour...
    my parents came to court with me. Shows I have a supporting family who I haven't managed to alienate...
    My case was heard just after someone who had done a runner from the court building; whether this caused the magistrates to look kindly on me as a responsible member of society owning my mistakes or whether they would have been more angered by the previous guys disappearing act I do not know.....

    Aggravating Factors:
    80 is a high reading. I am a small person. Wing mirror damage totally unrelated to the incident but still didn't look good. Was very persistent about having a cigarette but once I realised that wasn't an option I shut up.....

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    no, I represented myself (through the sobbing). Duty solicitor wasn't available for driving offences on that day

    Sentence:
    18 month ban(13.5m with course), 360 total fine inc costs.

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    yes fortunately. Was informed I could do the course and given leaflets regarding this before I went into the court room which was very reassuring indeed. I really, really appreciated that and it calmed me down substantially in the wait to be seen.

    Sentence Comments:
    i was very, very lucky. I was hoping against hope for 17 months but preparing for 24, so 18 is still very lenient and I am happy with that. I was also fortunate that I was between jobs and waiting for my dbs to clear to start my new job, so on the means testing form for the fine I was classified as unemployed. This was a blessing.

    I've learnt my lesson. Not a drop will pass my lips if I'm going to be driving. Never, ever, ever again!!!!!
    Last edited by Forum Moderator; 09-01-2017 at 12:05 PM.


  2. #142
    Anonymous90 is offline Member
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    I went to a staff member leaving do. I started the night by consuming a large glass of jack daniels and coke then had several pints in a number of bars afterwards. I also had a number of soft/'weak' shots (Apple Sours perhaps?) in a bar. Slightly encouraged by a friend, but also complacent about the fact I had driven after 3 or 4 pints in the past, I decided to drive home in a car that I had only recently bought. It was the first genuinely quick car I have ever owned. I took a sharp corner at around 90 miles an hour and over corrected to avoid hitting a house. I veered across the road, hit the curb which hoisted the vehicle up into the air landing in a hedge, where it came to rest.

    The police turned up quite a while later (Some people say I should have run in the period I had to escape) and I was arrested.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    My lowest reading was 55.

    Mitigating Factors:
    First time I had ever been in court and my I had a long clean driving license with zero penalty points. I co-operated fully with the police. 25,000 miles a year my average mileage. I have a fairly good job for my age and polite. My partner, wrote me a character reference, putting forward the positive contributions I have made for society including a lot of charity work and also the support I provided her overcoming an illness in the past, which prevented her from driving. My father and sister attended.

    Aggravating Factors:
    There were two. The accident, and the fact I had a passenger in the car with me.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    No. The duty solicitors were all over the place that day. One spent 15 minutes consoling a woman outside the courtroom who was sobbing uncontrollably, only to realize she had been discussing the wrong case with her, immediately getting up and walking away. I decided after the shambles that took place outside the courtroom, waiting for another hour wasn't worth it, so went in unrepresented. I put forward my own mitigation and I pointed out that I felt by speaking directly to the magistrates instead of through a solicitor, they could see my remorse in my face and hear it in my voice.

    Sentence:
    The sentence was 12 months, reduced to 9 if I took a course.
    The fine was 420 + 100 for costs (I think).

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes and I took the course and feel it was a worthwhile experience.

    Sentence Comments:
    My sentence was the minimum they could give. I am very lucky. I was braced for up to 16 months. The magistrate said before my words, it was looking like 14 months. He said that I spoke with passion and honesty, but that I must not throw it back in their faces by either 'driving while disqualified' or by repeating my actions.

    Considering the quantity of alcohol I consumed, it was probably 50% the fact I'm a big guy, and 50% the fact there was a time period between the police arriving. Many will not be so lucky.

  3. #143
    LHRED is offline Member
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Drinking with mates, had a heated argument, drove home (0.4miles) unfortunately hit a taxi that had a passenger. All parties taken to hospital, two cars were write offs.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    Blood - 156

    Mitigating Factors:
    No previous

    Aggravating Factors:
    Car accident, extensive injuries

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Duty solicitor (free) with my first police interview,
    Solicitor at magistrates, barrister at crown. Approx. 4000

    Sentence:
    4 year ban, 200 hours community service, drink driving and dangerous driving causing serious injury.
    175 victim surcharge
    2 year suspended sentence


    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    No, mandatory re-test.

    Sentence Comments:
    From what I hear, I was lucky to escape custodial sentence. That being said, very remorseful and I'll pay for the mistake until the day I die. My barrister at crown court told me to get my bag as the judge had a brief break. He said it was 50/50 and if it wasn't for my profession and 25 well written references I would be inside. Struggled a lot going through the court process but I'm hoping over time I can live with that mistake. One things for sure, the process of crown court is an eye opener and somewhere that I'd never want to experience again.

  4. #144
    Medicine Man is offline Member
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Drinking at home, got hopelessly drunk on whatever I was drinking (I will probably never know) and decided to drive to the local shop for whatever reason. No idea what happened next but I woke up in a cell and I can remember blowing 104 on the police breathalyser before passing out.

    Breath Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    Breath - 104

    Mitigating Factors:
    None

    Aggravating Factors:
    Apparently I had an accident which even the police constable in the morning said he though was BS due to there being no damage whatsoever to anything, absolutely plastered and couldn't remember anything.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Specialist solicitor for preparation and barrister in court - about 2000 (no way was it worth it given the circumstances; should have just had the duty solicitor)

    Sentence:
    42 months ban, 100 hours of community service
    100 victim surcharge

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    No

    Sentence Comments:
    From the initial experience (having been through this twice now), I was apparently lucky that I didn't get either a custodial or suspended sentence. I was honestly bricking it when the barrister said that a probationary officer would need to do a pre-sentence report to assess my suitability in the event that a custodial sentence was handed down but when I got in there and said my peace, it wasn't actually too bad - the Judges were as nice as they could have been given the circumstances and their parting words were along the lines of if you do this again, you're going to prison and don't get even think about driving for the next 42 months but you can apply for your license after 2 years.

  5. #145
    Caught2017 is offline New Member
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

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    I was caught June this year, blew 80 on roadside and 80 at the police station. I was just leaving work at 3am and somebody had actually called me in I think it was someone I've know 9 years.

    I've always had a clean driving license, no criminal record and had no passengers and no signs of bad driving.

    No real aggravating circumstances apart from I pleaded not guilty and was going to go to trial. I spent 10k on a barrister to try and save my license!

    I got 17month ban dd course to reduce my ban to 14 months and a 300 fine.

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