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  1. #101
    feather15 is offline Member
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    blood results of 158 - just under twice over. Drove back from a friends house about half a mile away after a bottle of wine earlier in the evening. Got pulled over by an off duty special who stated I was driving erratically and had hit the kerb. I was right by my address. Called in police officer failed roadside blow and had blood taken at station.


    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    158 in blood


    Mitigating Factors:
    Short distance driven , clean licence for 27 years - no other previous convictions, no passengers or accident' working professional



    Aggravating factors
    special officer statement saying erratic driving and hitting kerb


    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes


    Sentence:
    18 months ban, 650 fine


    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes and will take


    Sentence Comments:
    pleased on result magistrates were nice and fair. The court experience was not half as scary as expected. My advice is get a solicitor - mine was excellent and made the whole experience more bearable - could never have represented myself.

    As I had to wait for my results for nearly 7 weeks and then a further 2 for the appearance the experience has been horrific. I made a stupid selfish decision and am mortified that I could have hurt some one else. It has also been an expensive decision - over 1000 to date and then the hike in insurance when I get my licence back. I deserve my punishment and will well and truly learn my lesson. Will not ever consider having even one drink if I am driving in future.


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  2. #102
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Worked all day in the pub, had a pint after work & drove to local town to have 1 or 2 more. I ended up having 5 pints in all off strong cider (5.5%). I thought I was ok to drive. After dropping a friend home I took a new route home (a road I didn't know) & came off on a corner, writing off my car. I left the car as my phone was out of battery walked to a local petrol station & hailed a cab home from there. The police were waiting for me at my house. I blew 37 at my home & was then taken to the police station.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    Initially breath at the roadside, I blew 37. Approx 45minutes later I blew 45 & 47 at the police station. I elected to go for a blood test, it took 6 weeks to return & came back as 96mg.

    Mitigating Factors:
    Clean driving licence & no previous convictions.

    Aggravating Factors:
    Leaving the scene of an accident, although I was polite & compliant when I was arrested.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes - Duty Solicitor

    Sentence:
    12 months ban, 85 court costs & 23 victims surcharge with 230 fine.

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes & I intend to take the course within the 6 months that the court has asked.

    Sentence Comments:
    Exactly what I expected & I was lucky with the fine as Duty Solicitor advised that my fine could be about 600-700.

  3. #103
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    Brief Description of Offence:
    Had a lot of beer gradually during the day while fixing up an old car. Then had a (very) large whiskey at around 10pm. Stupidly decided to drive to go and get food. Pulled over after police saw car weaving and I scuffed a kerb with one tyre.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    Straight to the station and breathalysed, blew 129 and was kept in cell overnight.

    Mitigating Factors:
    No previous convictions, very good reference from an elderly lady I look after.

    Aggravating Factors:
    None apart from incorrect police statement as mentioned below.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes - Barrister.

    Sentence:
    24
    months ban, 260 fine

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes, will be doing it.

    Sentence Comments:
    Lighter than I thought - the Police stated that I had veered off the road and crashed into a road sign (which did not happen - no damage to car at all and the road sign I allegedly hit is unmarked). Advised by Barrister not to appeal as this magistrate is known to be harsh, and will take the police's word over yours every time, no matter the evidence. In and out of the court in about 3 minutes flat.

  4. #104
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Had a few drinks with mates, stupidly decided to drive home.. Simple stop and test.


    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    82mg breath


    Mitigating Factors:
    clean driving licence, good police statement saying I was remorseful and co operated fully. Character reference from work and letter of apology to the judge.


    Aggravating Factors:
    High reading, over double but not enough to be classed as HRO


    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes.. Family friend, charged me 90 and was brilliant


    Sentence:
    12 month ban, 150 fine and 15 court costs.


    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes and I will definitely be doing it, taking my ban to 9 months


    Sentence Comments:
    Definitely thought I would get 16month ban as a guy in the same court last week did with a reading of 91mg breath. Have well and truly learnt my lesson and look forward to getting behind the wheel again..

  5. #105
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Quote Originally Posted by Gutted123NI View Post
    Brief Description of Offence:
    Had a few drinks with mates, stupidly decided to drive home.. Simple stop and test.


    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    82mg breath


    Mitigating Factors:
    clean driving licence, good police statement saying I was remorseful and co operated fully. Character reference from work and letter of apology to the judge.


    Aggravating Factors:
    High reading, over double but not enough to be classed as HRO


    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes.. Family friend, charged me 90 and was brilliant


    Sentence:
    12 month ban, 150 fine and 15 court costs.


    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes and I will definitely be doing it, taking my ban to 9 months


    Sentence Comments:
    Definitely thought I would get 16month ban as a guy in the same court last week did with a reading of 91mg breath. Have well and truly learnt my lesson and look forward to getting behind the wheel again..


    you were lucky. My reading was much lower than yours and I got an 18 month ban. You received a lower sentence than your reading bracket going by current guidelines. There is no fairness in sentencing. I did the course but my ban was still 13.5 months. I would go out and celebrate if I were you.

  6. #106
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    None I believed I was not over the limit (although I was)


    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    170mg blood (when I tested the sample that was provided to me it came out at 201)


    Mitigating Factors:
    clean driving licence and full cooperation during arrest and subsequent test at the police station

    Aggravating Factors:
    High reading, over double but not enough to be classed as HRO


    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Specialist solicitor and barrister - total cost 6000, since outcome was positive will get most cost back from central funds


    Sentence:
    None. Pleaded not-guilty. Case was won 9 months after arrest. Sentence - Toughest 9 months of my life, was in a state of depression will not step into a car (unless being driven) under the influence. Specialist solicitors raised a case where I had nothing to defend but only argued procedures weren't carried out properly. During the case the officers turned out as witness but another crucial witness (med practitioner) didnt turn up. That was enough for the barrister to prove that there was no case.


    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Not applicable


    Sentence Comments:
    Definitely thought I would get 16month ban as a guy in the same court last week did with a reading of 91mg breath. Have well and truly learnt my lesson and look forward to getting behind the wheel again..

  7. #107
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Quote Originally Posted by Gutted123NI View Post
    Brief Description of Offence:
    Had a few drinks with mates, stupidly decided to drive home.. Simple stop and test.


    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    82mg breath


    Mitigating Factors:
    clean driving licence, good police statement saying I was remorseful and co operated fully. Character reference from work and letter of apology to the judge.


    Aggravating Factors:
    High reading, over double but not enough to be classed as HRO


    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes.. Family friend, charged me 90 and was brilliant


    Sentence:
    12 month ban, 150 fine and 15 court costs.


    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes and I will definitely be doing it, taking my ban to 9 months


    Sentence Comments:
    Definitely thought I would get 16month ban as a guy in the same court last week did with a reading of 91mg breath. Have well and truly learnt my lesson and look forward to getting behind the wheel again..
    Sorry copied and pasted the headlines and copied the entire sentence comments section from the previous post. Only comments is that I have learned my lesson in a very tough way over the past 9 - 10 months. I am convinced driving under the influence is just simply not an option. But unfortunately most people who come to this forum are in some sort of trouble and this post was merely to give you hope that if you fight for it might turn out that you will get a second chance to live your life without a criminal record.

  8. #108
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    drinking at a friends, was meant to stay the night. didnt, got in the car with my son!!


    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    116 breath test, nearly 4x


    Mitigating Factors:
    clean driving licence and full cooperation during arrest and subsequent test at the police station, apology letter to judge (highly recommend doing one of these)

    Aggravating Factors:
    High reading, child in car, clipped a roundabout


    Legal Representation at Court?:
    duty solicitor, who was very good, no charge


    Sentence:
    2 year ban, 500 fine


    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation
    yes, will get 4 months off my ban


    Sentence Comments:
    Have well and truly learnt my lesson!! could have been soo much worse!

  9. #109
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    Brief Description of Offence:
    Was out for a Sunday drive on the motorbike. Had been drinking the night before, didn't feel 100% as it was, got invited by friends for a drink at 7pm, Had 4 pints with friends (5.5% abv), was feeling too confident, lying to myself that I was fine. I should have just went home right away but friends said they were going into the town and I followed (one friend not drinking drove others). Had another pint but didn't finish it as I knew i was over and drove home. Right away in town cops puled me over as my rear light had come off.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    87ug in breath... blew 92ugfirst then blew 87ug.

    Mitigating Factors:
    No drink driving convictions, business owner of clothing store for 4 years, cooperative with police

    Aggravating Factors:
    Blew 87ug, no rear light on motorbike, no license plate (both fell off that night and were in bag), no MOT (ran out 4 days prior), turned down a one way street in town center on a Sunday bank holiday night.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Duty solicitor represented me for free on the day (she nailed it and did very well.

    Sentence:
    I was shi**ing it that I was gonna either get community service or 3000 ban! Or custodial sentence... Well was no need to worry.. Got 20 month ban with option of drink drive course reducing it to 15 months and 200 inc costs and fines.

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes - will take as soon as I have the money, still waiting on the forms and letters to come through the post.

    Sentence Comments:
    I am accepting of what has happened, I was stupid to be driving like that after nearly 5 pints of strong beer. Just pure stupid and accept the ban.

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  10. #110
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Very pissed, at home, fell asleep on sofa, woke up and realised a dilemma - It was early evening, and I had little booze left and shop closing in like 10 minutes. Convinced myself I'd slept off the earlier binge and drove 200 yards to shop. Whilst driving felt pissed, so decided to leave car at shops. Didn't plan out because I:

    A/ Dropped the cigarette I was smoking on the floor of my 1 week old car(!)
    B/ Reached down in a panic to retrieve it
    C/ Caught the step sticking out the back of a Transit van parked in the car park
    D/ Was spotted by people smoking outside the pub
    E/ Two drunk men tried ripping me out of my car, swearing and kicking my car.

    Now I had a panic attack (was suffering from these badly at that time). Shouted my address to the two drunk abusers, drove 200 yard home. Drank ALL the booze I could find left indoors before the police came (around 3 litres of 5% beer).

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    In breath - 135

    Mitigating Factors:
    Drove such a short distance, no record, totally compliant with police.

    Aggravating Factors:
    Lots apparently! First the drunks made up loads of rubbish, and to my astonishment the police used this against me. They were more drunk than I was, AND I think they were driving that van.... Anyway, so that and when I got 'home' I parked on the wrong driveway (to be fair it's an estate, they all look the same, and I was having a panic attack and of course I was pretty drunk). So I got out of the car, tried entering a neighbours house, realised my mistake, panicked, jumped BACK IN the car, reversed too fast into a different neighbours car(!), couldn't for the life of me work out where I lived so dumped car in the road and got out, worked out where I lived and went home on foot whilst the neighbours were all hanging off me trying to detain me while the whole damn street were ringing the police. I'm a big guy and was full of adrenalin from the panic, so nothing could stop me getting to my safe place.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Hmmm. I got the dumbest, worst, senile solicitor in the world. Took a few court visits, as he asked for a judge not magistrate? Then he forgot to argue about the post drinking, nor did he mention panic attacks etc (there's lots more to this but I'm keeping it short). In fact for my last appearance he FORGOT I was being sentenced that day and it was pure luck the tosser happened to of been at court and just finished another case. Straight after sentencing he apologised and said 'no charge'. WOW

    Sentence:
    36 month ban. 85 costs. 25% course reduction. 100 hours charity shop (loved that, working with lots of pretty girls who couldn't put me down
    and kept giving me presents! I sent them flowers and a big card to say goodbye) Oh and my probation officer was DROP DEAD GORGEOUS! (bought her flowers to say goodbye ) And a 6 month alcohol treatment, but I quit drinking straight after sentencing anyway (bought the counsellor lady a really pretty potted plant to say thanks and goodbye).. I know I know but I am 50% Italian.

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes done it. Crap. Everyone said the same 'it's making me want to drink'. And I went from being teetotal for 8 months, to a massive binge right at the end of the course. Crap but at least I earned the 25%. Teetotal again after thankfully.

    Sentence Comments:
    Judge was great. He told my solicitor to butt out. The solicitor was just making stuff up etc. Judge said "have you listened to the police interview?", of course he hadn't, judge had and said to me "shall we put this to bed now mr x?". He could see anxiety was killing me! He said there will not be a custody sentence because of how good I was with police, no previous etc. Had a probation report done. Then sentenced. When being sentenced he said don't put me in the box, because it was too scary and might make me feel like I'm going away, so he said sit with solicitors. Prosecution said they wanted to discuss compensation for everyone involved(?) Judge said very sternly there'll be none of that, Mr X was well insured (I work for an insurance company) and he's finishing the whole matter right now.
    So I was relieved, but if they'd taken into account the post driving drinking, I should of got less ban. I know the accidents make it seem like I was wasted, but the enormous panic attack was insane, and hard to appreciate if you have never suffered...

    I was too ashamed to even remember the event before. Seems I'm finally getting to the point of 'looking back and laughing'. There's only so much self punishing you can do, and I'll never DD again, so I for one am really happy I'm beginning to look back without dread and panic, although it's borderline.

    2 weeks since medical done............. waiting on licence now............. ban ends in 7 weeks............

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