Drink Driving – Know the UK Law

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Drink Driving – Know the UK Law

Drink driving in the UK can carry serious penalties, making it vital to have experienced, specialist legal representation. If convicted you will face a ban from driving, an unlimited fine and up to 14 years in prison (for causing death by careless or dangerous driving). Even lesser charges such as being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal alcohol limit, or being unfit to drive through drink, can carry a custodial sentence.

Then there is the issue of a criminal record, the associated problems with your career and huge rises in your insurance premiums, assuming you can still get car insurance.

However serious your case, you still have a right to professional legal representation to ensure the fairest outcome and this can often lead to a reduced sentence or even acquittal.

NGP have a wealth of experience in defending all serious driving cases and have an excellent record in securing outcomes which would have been extremely unlikely should the defendant have chosen to represent themselves in court.

The website estimates 85,000 drivers are prosecuted for drink driving-related offences every year in England and Wales, and most of them (approximately 85%) are male.

At the time of writing the legal limit for alcohol in England and Wales is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

The length of time it takes for alcohol to clear your system can vary considerably, so even leaving what you consider a long enough period of time before getting behind the wheel is not a foolproof precaution, as a considerable number of drivers prosecuted the morning after a night out can testify.

If you do find yourself under arrest for a drink-related driving offence you should seek professional legal advice as early as possible. London motoring lawyers NGP are specialists in these matters and will be able to confidently advise you on how best to approach your case to ensure the best possible result from a range of possible outcomes. NGP have defended many clients on drink driving and other serious motoring-related offences, with an excellent success rate of reduced sentences or acquittals.

If you try and deal with the case yourself, unless you have specialist legal training, you will most likely be at a severe disadvantage. So give yourself the best chance and contact NGP for a free consultation, without obligation and in confidence. We will talk you through your options in plain language and enable you to make an informed decision.

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