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  • SeanJoyceStephensons's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 AM
    A doctor in that position will have a duty to inform the DVLA if there are any concerns regarding alcohol misuse or dependency. The definition is misuse is more broad than that of dependency and the DVLA often consider that cases like this involve at least an element of misuse. The DVLA guidance in relation to categorising the alcohol intake and then taking action thereafter can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/drug-or-alcohol-misuse-or-dependence-assessing-fitness-to-drive If the GP does report the matter to the DVLA your partner will have an opportunity to complete a questionnaire regarding alcohol intake and a decision will be made thereafter. At that stage the decision can be challenged if disagreed with. An appointment with senior doctors to ensure full details are provided should at least be helpful in ensuring that the GP is armed with the full extent of the information before corresponding with the DVLA.
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  • SeanJoyceStephensons's Avatar
    Today, 08:05 AM
    A drink driving rehabilitation course is something that is done alongside a ban and not in place of it. There is no course that can be done in the alternative to a ban and if he entered a guilty plea he would invariably face a ban given that the sentencing guidelines indicate that a ban is mandatory for this type of offence. There are two parts to the penalty: 1. Disqualification of between 12 and 36 months; AND 2. Either a fine, community order or prison sentence. The two parts cannot be offset against each other and are two distinct parts of the penalty. The length of ban and severity of the second (punitive element) part of the sentence is dependent on the amount of alcohol in breath. A drink driving course can reduce the ban by 25%.
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  • SeanJoyceStephensons's Avatar
    Today, 08:01 AM
    There is no formal format that needs to be used but I would advise that letters of this type should be addressed 'To whom it may concern'.
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  • gb2018's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:48 AM
    Thank you Sean for your response. Iíve subsequently seeked legal advice and have raised a complaint with the constabulary involved. It has been acknowledged that I was denied my right to legal advice and representation which I am awaiting an outcome from. This does not look like it will effect the outcome of the proceedings against me. Thanks again.
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  • price1367's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 08:41 PM
    If you get a community order, a probation officer will speak with you and then they go through an assessment on what your availability is around your work and what skills you have that may fit in with the community order. If you do not work weekends there is often community work on a Saturday 10-5 or thereabouts. if you work weekends then other work can be in the week, but generally they arrange a schedule after the discussion and expect you to stick to it. You do not ge the option of turning up when it suits you, but if you have a genuine reason for not being available, especially if you tell them up front, they will often reschedule the hours. They quickly work out who really wants to complete the hours and who is looking to dodge work. A man on my drink drive course today told us that his community service was working in a charity shop. He found it enjoyable and says he was not judged by other staff and in fact he has now stayed on as a volunteer.
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  • price1367's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 11:17 AM
    So you come on here for advice, and then proceed to insult people giving advice. i think your time on here will be very limited.......... i can only quote quote from a post that you put earlier: ďThis is a decent site, aside from a few idiots with uninformed strong opinionsĒ Couldnít have put it better myself!
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  • n0thappy's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 10:51 AM
    that person is a complete cock :)
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  • n0thappy's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 10:51 AM
    go suck a dick ****wit 😂😂😂
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  • Baldy's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 08:33 AM
    For me the anguish was not telling anyone after 4 weeks. Needed to visit doctor for anxiety issues - but in hindsight just talking to friends would have been better. Its been 8 weeks since I was charged and its been the most painful and strangest time of my life by far. Self employed and trying to keep my business going is proving far too difficult - just cant get my head into it like I used to and customers are noticing. My works car repair was over £2,500 - my insurance premiums have doulbed to just under £200.00 per month AND Iím yet to hear from the other insurance company about the car I backed into causing minimul scratches to their bumper (but hearing horror stories from 3rd party claims - this will inevitably become a nightmare too). As soon as I get sentenced (Monday) iím sure itíll be alot better and clearer and I can just get on with it. My advice (apart from obvious) is tell your family and close friends as quickly as you can - this time will pass and you WILL feel better for it. The support from someone who matters lifts the burden and you start to feel better in yourself - you may start to sleep and eat better too. Havenít drank for 7 weeks, not feeling benefit yet but Iím sure I will when I start to exercise again. Basically its a mess and everythings on hold! Everything for a reason and all, but it deff sucks! Feel that iíve been punished enough already without court, but its a formality that we all need to go through and accept. Even if you think youíve got your life in order, always have a plan B! It only takes seconds / minutes for everything to change - as 95% of people on this forum have found. Just one question though - what do you normally do for community service? Is it the same for the durarion - or does it vary day by day? Thanks for listening.
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  • Baldy's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 07:28 AM
    Hi, how do I start a letter of apology to the Magistrates court please? For example, will........ ďDear MagistratesĒí, ďYour Honour?Ē Or ďTo whome it May concernĒ be acceptable?
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  • Belinda's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 06:47 AM
    Thanks Craig. Yes I'm afraid you're right we have a long journey ahead. We have a docs appt next week so hopefully he will get the help he needs. He hasn't slept properly for ages so the sleeping pills may be a good idea. He just needs to face up to the fact that he needs help! Thanks again
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  • price1367's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 06:45 AM
    Craig121, if that is what you received as a private message then you should report it as ďinappropriateĒ to the site. It is unacceptable on a forum where people come for support.
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  • craig121's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 06:24 AM
    He will have a long journey ahead! If he already suffers anxiety book Doc app ask for propanalol(non addictive) and 1-2 weeks sleeping pills # Its a very difficult time for him /Will help both of you.
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  • craig121's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 05:33 AM
    Cycling is awesome for fitness and confidence building# Just out of curiosity with the depression are you drinking regular. When I stopped became a much better person and the licence did not seem such an issue" Alcohol is a depressant amazing how well you feel without
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  • craig121's Avatar
    08-17-2018, 08:17 PM
    Like a true gent Nohappy thank you for the private message! Your attitude showed from your first posts Hewl was right Here's a copy for all You dude are a compete retarded bellend and shouldn't be allowed to even ****ing comment on this site. ****ing strong uninformed opinion pusher - get a personality ya **** !! I got my licence back yehaaa Go suck a #### Delete the whole thread might be best
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  • DonkeyKong's Avatar
    08-17-2018, 08:13 PM
    Oh guys, I know this could have been much much worse. Itís hard to put into words what I have felt so far. The embarrassment of being in a cell ... itís gone now - distant past. The shame of telling family - they all know now and donít judge me on it. The terror of waiting 2 weeks for a court date... then getting through it ... in the past now. The fear of what CS was going to be... and how on Earth I could ever do 200 hours... all done. I got pretty good at doing what I was doing. They trusted me, and all bar one person was lovely. Every other CS person on my placement was just a person like me, who had made a mistake. The only real unpleasant people I have encountered were other offenders in the Probation Office. People Iíve had no experience of in my life - violent, stupid, aggressive know-it-allís. Anyway, just another 9 more visits there. The weird thing was, when I had x/200 hours of CS to go... I had a goal to meet - get it done. But, now itís done... all I have now is to wait. For another 20 months. And just hope that my employee doesnít find out Iím using a lot of public transport ! But I do bike a lot now. I couldnít let my wife down by making her do the shopping. Funnily enough, cycling to the Supermarket takes 2 minutes. Driving there used to take me 10! :-)
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  • Medicine Man's Avatar
    08-17-2018, 07:52 PM
    DonkeyKong, Even though it may seem pretty bad at the moment due to getting that itch to get in your car and go somewhere, it could be a whole lot worse! Like Drew said, and from my own experiences, try investing in a bike of some sort and get on the fitness train as you'll feel better after the excercise which will motivate you to do more with your day! Also give public transport a chance even though it may be fairly awful - most of the time I've been on a bus, I've actually had no other choice but to look out of the window and you will be surprised at how much more of places you see (some of which you may have lived in for ages). There is light at the end of the tunnel though so hang in there bud :)
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  • Drew B's Avatar
    08-17-2018, 05:15 PM
    Good grief... all those 'views' and not one reply!!!! :mad: Sorry to hear you are feeling down DonkeyKong.... it sucks doesn't it. Fair play to you for your honest post though AND doing your CS so quickly! Maybe you could commit to something else until you get your license back - I don't know, maybe a course or something if there is one local? It might help keep your mind focused on something other than not being able to drive. Just an idea.... There are also some posts here along the lines of 'it does get better' - mainly getting a cycle, getting fitter and feeling better for it Chin up mate :cool:
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