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DRINK DRIVING SENTENCES

Escorpiao

Member
Brief Description of Offence:
Saturday night after quite a few drinks with my mate decided to go to his place. As a result stopped by police. They thought I wouldn't stop on red traffic light. Which I did, but was enough for them to switch they lights on and stop me...

Breath Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
Failed breath test at roadside (wasn't told the level), 62ug breath test in police station.

Mitigating Factors:
Mitigation letter with deep remorse, reference letter from GP (friend of mine), no previous convictions or points or anything else.

Aggravating Factors:
None. But Magistrate (woman) repeated many times how dangerous I was!!! My level was nearly double..etc...

Legal Representation at Court?:

Duty solicitor. Was helpful as took pressure off me and also represented me in court.

Sentence:

17 months ban (with 17 weeks reduction after DDHS, £525 fine plus £85 prosecutor fee and £52 victims surcharge ( I was told in the court that it is the way government makes money from these cases, even were there no victims they charge anyway).

Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
Yes (TTC provider). I've told duty solicitor I would like to attend. You have to make your decision before hearing...
 
Brief Description of Offence:
I finished work at 12 on a Saturday afternoon and drank 8 pints and missed my train so drove
Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
Breath 104

Mitigating Factors:
Clean license and a long absence from any court proceedings
Aggravating Factors:
Member of the public phoned the police saying I was swerving all of the road
Legal Representation at Court?:
No
Sentence:
26 month ban £280 fine and 100 hours com service. 18 months with the course
Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?: Yes doing the course be stupid not too

Sentence Comments:
 

tile2874

New member
Brief Description of Offence:
Had a couple of drinks, thought I was ok to drive

Blood Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
Breath 62mg

Mitigating Factors:
long clean driving record, no previous drink driving / criminal convictions, co-operation with the police, short distance driven

Aggravating Factors:
None

Legal Representation at Court?:
Yes

Sentence:
17 months, £380 fine, £120 costs

Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
Yes (intend to take)

Sentence Comments:
Could have been worse. Get a solicitor if you can as it does help.
 

UKMAN1210

Member
Description of Offence:
Drove to friend’s house for help while having a panic attack, due to suicidal thoughts (1 mile away from house) and crashed into 3 parked cars.

Was taken to hospital and treated for my injuries. Feeling unwell I was confused by the blood sample request and foolishly thought that I would be offered a second breath test at the police station, but I soon realised that this was not the case and I really do wish that I had accepted now.

Breath Alcohol Level and Reading Type:
N/A

Mitigating Factors:

VERY remorseful
Polite and co-operative with officers and hospital staff
Admitted I had consumed alcohol to officers.
Early hours during week night so no civilians around
Very short distance travelled
No passengers
Fully insured – which has covered all those involved
Asked to speak to support workers after getting released and have continued to see them regularly.
Provided road side breath test and was fully compliant
Take full responsibility of what happened and very remorseful of the fact I was not thinking straight during the panic attack, I know this is no excuse.
Wrote letters to those involved apologising.
Have character references.
Now receiving counselling regarding my mental health issues.
GP has upped dosage of anti-depressants and has wrote me a note saying so.

Agrivating Factors

Failed to supply sample with no reason
Crashed into parked cars, wrote 3 off and hit a post after spinning 50 yards down road - officer said it he has never seen anyone walk away after a crash like that.
Previous drink driving offence in 3 years

Sentence

3 year ban
£250 fine
12 Month community order (not community service)
Option to do drink driving course taking 25% of ban off

Duty solicitor and probation was great. Very lucky/happy with the sentence!
 

Robob

Member
Description of offence
Was going through some historical abuse stuff from growing up.
Whilst at the rugby I decided to go on an absolute bender and get in my car and drive home.

Stopped by cops after crossing double white lines and was breathalysed.

Reading
77 in breath (Scottish limit is 22)

Mitigation
Sheriff delayed for social work reports
Otherwise "impeccable" character
No previous offences
Guilty plea at first opportunity
Pro actively sought help through counselling and stopped drinking
Planned to leave car at friends house and stay at theirs but they didn't answer the door

Aggravating
High reading
Long distance travelled (about 25 miles)
In a profession where I should know better

Sentence
20 month ban and £800 fine
 

January

Active member
Description of offence
Was going through some historical abuse stuff from growing up.
Whilst at the rugby I decided to go on an absolute bender and get in my car and drive home.

Stopped by cops after crossing double white lines and was breathalysed.

Reading
77 in breath (Scottish limit is 22)

Mitigation
Sheriff delayed for social work reports
Otherwise "impeccable" character
No previous offences
Guilty plea at first opportunity
Pro actively sought help through counselling and stopped drinking
Planned to leave car at friends house and stay at theirs but they didn't answer the door

Aggravating
High reading
Long distance travelled (about 25 miles)
In a profession where I should know better

Sentence
20 month ban and £800 fine
Robob see you wrote in a profession where you should no better. I’m in that position and going to face an investigation from my professional body alth don’t work in that role but was on the register. If this applies to you take advice before you do anything with your professional body
 

Robob

Member
Robob see you wrote in a profession where you should no better. I’m in that position and going to face an investigation from my professional body alth don’t work in that role but was on the register. If this applies to you take advice before you do anything with your professional body
Already getting advice from a representative but thank you anyway January
 

Masterofgone

New member
Brief Description of Offence:
Took a car from a house party drunk (went joyriding) came back and was promptly arrested for twoc and drink driving.

Blood Alcohol Level and Reading:
blood level I dont remember exactly but it was in the lowest bracket (I'd sobered up a lot by time I got to the station)

Mitigating Factors:


No criminal record, director of multiple business

Aggravating Factors:
TWOC, drink driving (although this was the second time I'd been in court for drink driving as the first time my solicitor got the evidence against me thrown out and they withdraw the charges, I plead not guilty, although this was mentioned in court it could not be used against me)

Legal Representation at Court?:
Ye

Sentence:
12 month ban, £1400 total fine + court costs, community order for a year (I have to see a probation officer once a month)

Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
Yes completed and got ban down to 9 months

Sentence Comments:
Has been a nightmare. But taught me my lesson as the first time I was charged but got off it didnt. I will not drink drive again. Oh and they didnt even put the dr10 on my license which is a bonus lol, presumably an admin error but I'm not complaining.
 

Chelsea123

Well-known member
Brief Description of Offence:
Took a car from a house party drunk (went joyriding) came back and was promptly arrested for twoc and drink driving.

Blood Alcohol Level and Reading:
blood level I dont remember exactly but it was in the lowest bracket (I'd sobered up a lot by time I got to the station)

Mitigating Factors:


No criminal record, director of multiple business

Aggravating Factors:
TWOC, drink driving (although this was the second time I'd been in court for drink driving as the first time my solicitor got the evidence against me thrown out and they withdraw the charges, I plead not guilty, although this was mentioned in court it could not be used against me)

Legal Representation at Court?:
Ye

Sentence:
12 month ban, £1400 total fine + court costs, community order for a year (I have to see a probation officer once a month)

Offered the Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course?:
Yes completed and got ban down to 9 months

Sentence Comments:
Has been a nightmare. But taught me my lesson as the first time I was charged but got off it didnt. I will not drink drive again. Oh and they didnt even put the dr10 on my license which is a bonus lol, presumably an admin error but I'm not complaining.
Hope I get a admin error lol 😂

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