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  • wjohnson91's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 07:03 PM
    I was recently charged for drink driving as i came off the road but luckily no one was hurt. My reading was 77 and have had no previous offences and have been cooperative with the police. It doesnít excuse what I did, but I recently separated with my fiancťe and were due to marry on 4/11/17 and his affected my well being as of late, contributing to this very out of character incident.
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  • Budding66's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 06:14 PM
    Thanks price , the crash was not proven to be any ones fault as hence only getting charged for drink diving twice over , it maybe me over thinking never been to court n worried sick tba any advice would be great thanks
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  • price1367's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 05:43 PM
    You will be looking at a ban of 36 months or more, I have seen people on a course in your situation and they have had 42-60 months. You may well also get a Community order with a park of that being the Drink Impaired Drivers Scheme Course. This is compulsory, runs for about 30 hours and looks at you addressing your problems through Drink. This is different to the Drink Drive Rehabilitation Course which is voluntary but the only one that reduces your ban by up to 25%. You didnít do it before, if the magistrates do not offer it (they can offer you this course even if they send you to the DIDS course) then make sure you ask before the court appearance ends because you cannot be offered it afterwards.
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  • price1367's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 05:33 PM
    You have not said if the accident was your fault or not.... if it was, then yes, you can expect the court to be given your reading AND the circumstances of the accident as causing a collision will be seen as an aggravating circumstance. For a reading of about 70 (twice the limit) you can expect to get a23-28 month ban. According to how bad the collision was, you can expect to be banned towards the higher part of the range.
    2 replies | 75 view(s)
  • Budding66's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 02:50 PM
    Involved in a road traffic accident and been charged for drink driving 2wice over ( only been charged for drink driving twice over ) however later received witness statements from police and driver involved but the charge sheet still says charged ( twice over the limit driving vechile ) and no Charges regarding the crash. My worry is will the crash be told in court and will it worsen the how come guide line for just 2wice over ????? Please help starting to get worried
    2 replies | 75 view(s)
  • price1367's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 08:35 AM
    Oh dear, you didnít mention going down a slip road the wrong way, no wonder they went for the dangerous driving! In the circumstances I think you got a fail deal, but you will have to do an extended test at the end. Nth only way that it could have been better would have been if they gave you 2 years for drink driving and 18 months ban for dangerous driving, which would have allowed you to do a Drink Drive Rehabilitation Course and reduce that part of the ban to 18 months as well.
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  • Beetle's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 01:05 AM
    I had my court hearing today and came out very very lucky. I could have landed in crown court and went to prison. Fortunately I seen a really good on duty solicitor who due to my circumstances and that I am not a regular offender they represented me for free to make sure I wouldn't end up in prison as with my build and mental health I would be very vunerable. The footage was bad. I drove the wrong way down a slip road and clipped the curb alot and mounted a grass verge at one point. Fortunately for me the footage couldn't be sent over on time but the description by the police officer was present which alone aggravated matters as it mentioned what i just have. I feel if the raw footage was there it would have made things much worse. My Solisitor and the probation officer gave a good defence and good range of alternatives than prison. The judge said I should be looking at the crown court as their charges are not sufficient but due to my good character, no previous convictions the fact I have a high education and mental health they would give me this chance. But I was given a big warning that I wouldn't get anymore chances if I offended anymore. Which I don't plan on doing anyways. I got a 20 week prison sentence suspended for 18 months, a 250 hour community order, 2 year ban for drink driving a 2 year ban for dangerous driving but they both run simultaneously meaning they were not willing to allow me to do the drink driving rehabilitation course, and a £85 victim surcharge with £115 court costs. Could have came out alot worse as I could have endangered alot of people. It was on a Sunday morning where there was no cars or pedestrians which helped matters too. Thankyou for the advice just glad I can pay for my crime without going to prison.
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  • gggggg's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 12:03 AM
    What had happened was I had 4-5 ish beers over a couple hours i thought i was fine to drive but hadn't been eating much so was a little bit more affected. I was driving home with a friend, windscreen wipers ran out of water so i pulled over at the side of the road to fill them up with a bottle of water (car still running) then while trying to find the car bonnet release a police car pulls up driving opposite direction asks me if im alright i just said i was filling up my windscreen wipers he got out helped me then asked if id had anything to drink was breathalysed etc and blew over. i was charged with driving a motor vehicle when drunk or something. When in the back of the police car he asked me where I was coming from and where I was going so i kind of admitted to driving however the police car hadn't actually seen me driving since itd been a couple minutes since we'd pulled over the road is in the middle of nowhere so i guess it's obvious someone had to of drove there but does it have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that i drove the car and not my friend etc like if i said we were swapping drivers or something. What are my options here i obviously dont think id be able to get nothing here but how hard would it be with a good lawyer to get the charge changed to just incharge of a vehicle since it has a lower time spent which is what im really concerned(though i don't understand much about it) about since it will affect jobs that do background checks and travel (i might have to cancel a trip). Also im not concerned about an actual driving ban is it possible to kind of swap a longer driving ban for a shorter time spent or something along those lines. thanks
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  • Playdo's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 09:30 PM
    I have been disqualified 3 times: in 2002, 2011 and 2015. I was sentenced on Oct 22, 2015 for failudie to provide a specimen as follows: 12 weeks custodial suspended for 1 year, 60 month disqualification, alcohol rehabilitation and offered an awareness course which I have completed. On the DVLA site my details indicate a ban of 3 years 10 months and 7 days and the date of August 28 2019 when I am eligible to reapply. I read the section on applying to the court for a reduction of the remaining disqualification. 2 years were up on Oct 22nd. Half the ORIGINAL period ie 30 months is up on April 30th 2018. When should I write to the court to ask them to consider a reduction in disqualification period? I have had alcohol issues for a number of years. I attended residential rehab and attended AA meetings following the 2nd ban. I got a job in 2015, neglected my programme and convinced myself I was recovered and picked up a drink very soon afterwards. Following my failure to provide social services removed my children and I immersed myself in the AA fellowship while fighting for their return. I have been abstinent since my conviction as I have accepted that I am an alcoholic and cannot drink safely. Ironically, the biggest challenge in sobriety without a car, is accessing AA meetings and support as I live in a rural village with poor public transport. I nonetheless manage to get to at least 3 meetings per week. My children are back in my care and a 1 year supervision order granted by the court to Social Services is now spent.
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  • zebadee's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 08:58 PM
    Might be worth making an appointment to see your GP, they might be able to speed up the admin process for you. Understand your frustration, I'm now having to go for a medical myself - terrified!
    1 replies | 71 view(s)
  • zebadee's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 08:26 PM
    Hi, I went through a really rough period from Oct-Feb last year (2016-17) which included hospitalisation in a psychiatric unit. I was drinking very heavily up until my hospitalisation from the end of Dec-beginning of Feb. I had stopped drinking for the 5 weeks I was in hospital, but began drinking again after getting out and my alcohol use has fluctuated between fairly high levels (up to a litre of vodka a day) to now where I am drinking maybe 1-2 times a week (last time I drank I had 6 units). I had my license suspended for 6 months in March after sending in a medical form to the DVLA on the advice of the home based treatment team (biggest mistake of my life :p) and reapplied for my license around 7 weeks ago. My GP, alcohol worker, and consultant all sent positive references to the DVLA, confirming they had no worries about my fitness to drive. Today I received a letter from the DVLA asking me to make an appointment for a full medical examination with one of their doctors. They are paying for the medical expenses (woo). I'm really nervous about this examination, mainly because I have no idea what to expect?! I have read that they test certain levels in your blood for markers of consistent alcohol misuse. I had bloods done fairly recently (for unrelated reasons) where some of the markers for inflammation were elevated, requiring a retest. I haven't heard anything back about the retest results. I have read that it's advisable to ask my GP for a blood test to check my liver function before I go for the DVLA medical? Sorry, this has all got a bit jumbled! I think my main questions are: Approximately how long does it take to get an appointment for a DVLA medical? What does the medical consist of? What can cause you to fail? Are my current drinking habits likely to be problematic? Should I go completely tee-total from now until the medical? Is there a difference between the acceptable blood test results for someone who has been convicted of drink-driving and someone who hasn't? (I self-reported alcohol misuse, never drink-drove). I'm just really anxious to get my license back, as I'm now working full-time and it's been almost a year since I last drove. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
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  • mikebrewer's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 07:29 PM
    Last night I got pulled over and blew an 82, it's my third time in total, second in 5yr my first ban was in 2004, my second time was in 2013 I blew a 68 and got a 3yr ban with course but didn't make it to the course in the end. I'm just worried about what I'll get this time, what do you think I'm looking at? I've had problems with alcohol which I thought was under control but I just let it get out of hand recently and am now seeking help with alcohol addiction. Thanks in advance.
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  • miserable's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 03:38 PM
    I had a private cdt without abstaining back in May and it came back at 0.9 so I only abstained completely for 19 days. I donít drink that heavily anyways, Iím pretty small so I physically canít drink a lot!! I did answer yes to the question on having crashed my car. The lady on the phone said everyoneís gp is contacted which is clearly a crock!! All the other questions wouldnít have flagged anything up.
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  • camc's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 11:17 AM
    Hi mate, did you abstain from drink? Maybe an answer in your questionnaire has made them want to probe deeper. Also the dotcor gives them a recommendation and he asked me questions not on the dvla paper about alcohol, trying to suss out if i misuse. Could you have slipped up with a question or in conversation?
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