Student caught over the limit, advice needed!!

#1
Hi there,

Got caught with a breath reading of 44. Was driving a 2 minute journey to a friends house, 1st ever conviction never been in trouble before and was only just over the limit, so I believe I fall into the first penalty bracket. This being said is there any chance the ban can be reduced? My court date is on the 28th March so I have time to find representation, but do I need it? I am a student so money is stretched quite tight already! Just need some advice on the court procedure, I am pleading guilty to the charge, and if I argue any mitigating circumstances such as;

- First conviction
- Clean driving record of 3 years
- Only just over the limit,

could the ban be reduced at all or is it not worth the magistrates time arguing for a reduced ban?

Thanks!
 
#2
The lowest possible ban that the court can impose for a drink driving offence is 12 months. A ban is mandatory for this offence and 12 months is the lowest length of ban the court will impose. The court can allow you the opportunity to complete a drink driving rehabilitation course. If that is then successfully completed by the required deadline then your ban can be reduced by up to 25%.
 
#3
The lowest possible ban that the court can impose for a drink driving offence is 12 months. A ban is mandatory for this offence and 12 months is the lowest length of ban the court will impose. The court can allow you the opportunity to complete a drink driving rehabilitation course. If that is then successfully completed by the required deadline then your ban can be reduced by up to 25%.

Thanks! And with the fine, is there any possibility of a reduction there? And with the criminal record, is that there for life or for a certain amount of time, depending on what the magistrate says?
 
#4
Your fine is assessed based on your means and pleading guilty on the first occasion should see your fine reduced automatically. Your fine will be calculated by using a starting point of 150% of your 'relevant weekly income' (equivalent to your take home weekly pay). That can be reduced by up to 33% when you enter a guilty plea at the first opportunity. The conviction will remain on your driving licence as an endorsement for 11 years. It will be recordable as a previous conviction on any DBS check for 5 years after the date of conviction and sentence.
 
#5
Your fine is assessed based on your means and pleading guilty on the first occasion should see your fine reduced automatically. Your fine will be calculated by using a starting point of 150% of your 'relevant weekly income' (equivalent to your take home weekly pay). That can be reduced by up to 33% when you enter a guilty plea at the first opportunity. The conviction will remain on your driving licence as an endorsement for 11 years. It will be recordable as a previous conviction on any DBS check for 5 years after the date of conviction and sentence.
This is great information, thank you! As a student with no weekly income is it based off my student loan and maintenance grant do you know?
 
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