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  1. #131
    snookerfan is offline New Member
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Caught driving home outside my house.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    64 roadside, 70 station (breath)

    Mitigating Factors:
    Clean driving record for 20 years, no previous drink driving full co-operation with the police, short distance driven.
    Clinically depressed due to work pressure.

    Aggravating Factors:
    3 previous non driving related convictions.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes - I hired a solicitor, gave a very good mitigation speech.

    Sentence:
    Length of disqualification - 17 months reduced by 17 weeks upon course completion.
    Fine and costs amount - 750 fine, 85 costs & 75 victim surcharge.
    DR10 endorsements to be put on my license.

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes

    Sentence Comments:
    All in all the best result possible considering the circumstances.

    Last edited by Forum Moderator; 06-03-2016 at 01:34 PM.


  2. #132
    Gillybeanmeup is offline New Member
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    Brief Description of Offence:
    So mine was a strange one. I was working, I am a carer in the community on boxing day night. I had not been drinking as I had been on call over Christmas, and I'm not a drinker anyway. I went to one of my favourite ladies houses. She had been alone all Xmas, and asked me to join her for a baileys. In a moment of madness, I had one. Not a tiny one, but certainly didn't feel at all drunk, and I would not have driven had I thought I was anywhere near over the limit!! Anyway, finished my rounds, and was on my way to pick up the OH from his brothers, down some windy country lanes. Now, as daft as this sounds, but anyone who knows me knows that this is the sort of stupid **** I do... saw a rabbit in the road, swerved to the left, hit a bank and rolled my car onto its roof. I got out (no one around) and flagged down the next passers-by. I rang the police myself. Did a breathalyser and breather 75!!!!! Cooperated 100% , took breathalyser at station (I was so sure there must have been a mistake, I hadn't eaten since the day before, but can't understand how in God's name the reading could be so high)blew 67!!!!! Spent a night in the cells. Devastated doesn't even begin to cut it. It sounds like an absolute pack of lies, but I can't lie to save my life, and cannot understand how the readings were so high.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    67 mg breath

    Mitigating Factors:
    Clean licence, no previous convictions ever, called police myself, excellent character references from boss.

    Aggravating Factors:
    Rolled car? Not sure if this is aggravating, but I assume so.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    No

    Sentence:
    18 month ban, 250 fine, 135 court costs, 35 victim surcharge (not sure how this works as only victim of me was myself and my poor car+! (Write off).

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes- will definitely be taking it!! Reduces ban to 13 months.

    Sentence Comments:
    I'm not going to lie... the magistrates were pretty shocking! 3 women, which is already a bad start (I'm a woman so I can say that )... I cried, handed them copies of my mitigation as I couldn't speak... they were actually LAUGHING while deciding on my sentence!!!!! I do feel that my sentence was harsh, although I had prepared myself for worse. I also feel my fine was quite high, having looked at what other people were fined. But after weeks of torture, it's over from.today. So now to forget about it and move on. I've kept my job, and everyone that matters knows me better than that. Onwards and upwards x

  3. #133
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Went to the local with a few friends and this girl I was interested in we decided to stay out but went elsewhere in girls car (she drove me and a couple of her friends) to outside club when it came time to leave she gets in her car to drive I get in with her she's incapable of driving so I tell her to move to the passenger side and then blue lights


    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    Breath 70

    Mitigating Factors:
    Clean driving record, no previous drink driving convictions, co-operation with the police, short distance driven, driving due to an emergency

    Aggravating Factors:
    I wasn't insured to drive this girls car

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes


    Sentence:
    18 month ban and 375 fine but with dd rehab course it gets it down to about 13.5 months.

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes (my last one this week)

    Sentence Comments:
    Could've been worse they let me off no insurance saying "due to my ill placed gallantry we won't give you any points for having no insurance" I was expecting the fine to be more as well. The ban is obviously annoying but can't change anything now just gotta live with it

  4. #134
    mrajr7 is offline New Member
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Had a very heavy night and continued day drinking the next day.Member of the public called the police due to the erratic driving such as swerving towards oncoming traffic and mounted the pavement.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    The lowest I blew was 130ug at the station

    Mitigating Factors:
    First offence. Suffered with depression. Very good job. Youngish age of 25. (None of these counted for very much)

    Aggravating Factors:
    Driving style. Time of Day. Near a school. Very high reading.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes

    Sentence:
    10 weeks imprisonment suspended for a year. 120 hours community service. 6 alcohol rehab sessions and 200 fine. 30 months ban reduced by 8 months.

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes

    Sentence Comments:
    Had the book thrown at me and deservedly so. Thought my ban would be longer and I'd get a higher community service, without the suspended sentence.

  5. #135
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Met a girl online. Agreed to go to hers and have drinks. Both got drunk, argument started and I was kicked out and police were called.
    Warned me not to drive, about an hour later I drove for about a minute before hidden officers from earlier that night pulled me over.


    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    Breath 73

    Mitigating Factors:
    Clean driving record, no previous drink driving convictions, co-operation with the police, short distance driven, remorse.

    Aggravating Factors:
    None

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Duty solicitor


    Sentence:
    16 month ban, DD course offered, 230 fine

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes

    Sentence Comments:
    A good result. I wrote a very well thought out apology letter and character reference from parents. The whole scenario was also taken into consideration (late at night, unfamiliar area, too cold to sleep in car etc)




  6. #136
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Drinking at a bar for birthday, left upon closing and husband wanted to drive but couldn't put my car in reverse. I put car in reverse but drove on as well, crashing into a car on the road just outside the car park and almost colliding with a police car. Minimal damage to the other car.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    Breath. 76.

    Mitigating Factors:
    No previous convictions, clean licence, good character, cooperated fully with police.

    Aggravating Factors:
    Caused an accident.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes

    Sentence:
    12 month ban, reduced to 9 if DD course completed. 250 fine for DD offence. 250 fine for careless driving.

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes.

    Sentence Comments:
    Overall, happy with the outcome of the ban as I received the minimum. Bit annoyed that they added the careless driving charge on the day which was unknown to me until 2 minutes before going on the dock.

  7. #137
    Em25 is offline New Member
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Went to a friend's house party with the intention of spending the night there. After going for a few drinks in town our friend met a girl who he decided to spend the night with. Meaning when we got back to his house we had no way of getting in. So I slept in my car whilst my passengers tried to get someone to let us into the house. After two hours we were freezing and as I felt fine we decided to set off home. Home being 1h 45m away from where we were. It was now around 4am and I had personally stopped drinking at around 11pm.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    Breath reading 57

    Mitigating Factors:
    Perfectly clean licence, never been in trouble with the police before, held my hands up at the time I was pulled over and owned up to what had happened, police officer even said I wasn't drunk but was still over the limit. However I did lose my job after losing my licence.

    Aggravating Factors:
    No accident was caused, no near collisions, no previous conviction. Cooperated fully. However distance driven (over half way home) and having passengers.

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes - duty solicitor

    Sentence:
    14 month ban, 290 fine, 130 court fees, 35 victim surcharge. (Even though there were no victims) 150 course.

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes and of course - my ban will be reduced by 14 weeks.

    Sentence Comments:
    Pretty much what I expected. I'd have preferred a 12 month ban but I've got to deal with my mistakes now.

  8. #138
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Drank gin during the day. Drove with my child and crashed into 3 parked vehicles.

    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    Three times over the limit

    Mitigating Factors:
    No-one was hurt. My child was securely strapped in. Cooperated with the police. Sunny day. Showed remorse.

    Aggravating Factors:
    Crashed and had a child under 5

    Legal Representation at Court?:
    Yes due to the fact I had a child with me

    Sentence:
    24 months, no fine, 85.00 costs, community order.

    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes. Completed already.

    Sentence Comments:
    I had requested a number of character references in preparation which the court appreciated and sought an addiction counsellor prior to the court date. Got to court early. Felt very fortunate. Will hopefully get my licence back in 18 months. Social services had to be involved as well but luckily closed my case without advising school. Just waiting for the blood text now. Fingers crossed.
    Last edited by Forum Moderator; 07-31-2017 at 12:33 PM.

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    muriel68 is offline New Member
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

    Brief Description of Offence:
    Was at the Rewind Music Festival in Scone and drinking till 10pm on the last night, probably had about 12 tins of Strongbow in the course of the day and went to sleep approx 10.30pm. Got up on the Monday morning at 9am and attempted to drive at 9.30. Stopped by a static roadside check at the exit of the campsite where the cop smelled alcohol on my breath, breathalyzed me, and arrested me with a reading of 38mg. Was in the cells till 3.30 in the afternoon.


    Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
    38mg at the roadside and 49mg twice at the station (yes, it went up!! At first they didn't believe I hadn't been drinking in the morning, but they came round and didn't put it in the charge sheet)


    Mitigating Factors:
    Genuine remorse, no previous criminal convictions, cooperation with police, an early guilty plea, a clean driving licence, need my car for picking up children as live out of town. Need car for work.


    Aggravating Factors:
    None, was on my own in the car, not near a public place, on a small country road, no erratic driving or accident


    Legal Representation at Court?:
    At first I was going to represent myself, but my bottle went at the court and the duty solicitor spoke for me (I'm glad he did by the way, I really thought I knew what I was doing, but realised quickly I didn't have clue!!)


    Sentence:
    16 months and 900 fine reduced to 12 months and 600 because of my 'unblemished record and early plea'


    Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
    Yes, its reducing my ban to 9 months


    Sentence Comments:
    I feel my fine was a little harsh due to it being morning-after, first offence and no aggravating factors. Feel lucky to be getting my license back in 9 months though.
    What I would like to say is, anyone who has a trial looming and is thinking about representing themselves, don't believe half the crap you read on the internet, you MUST ask for the rehab course when you speak, you wont automatically get offered it, and you won't get 'questioned' as such, you must put your mitigation forward in the one and only chance you get to speak. If I hadn't luckily got the duty solicitor, I would have had the max sentence i.e. 16 months and 900 fine.

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    price1367 is offline TTC Group Associate Director
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    Default Re: DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

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    Your reading did not necessarily go up, the roadside one is only an indication and is often not that accurate.

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