The sensible answer to this question is that you should avoid drinking any alcohol before driving a vehicle, or make alternative arrangement such as taking public transport, taxis or using a designated driver.
Lots of websites will try and tell you the amount of each type of alcohol you can have and still safely drive but you should not trust this advice.
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People often get surprised by the answer to this question!
Drink driving does indeed carry a custodial sentence. There are many factors in relation to sentencing guidelines for drink driving.
Firstly, the Court will look at your breath/blood/urine reading to see if this crosses the custody threshold and if there are any other aggravating features in your case such as previous convictions, an accident, carrying passengers at the time of the offence etc.
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The UK Government are currently trialling an E-Scooter rental scheme across parts of the country. Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Milton Keynes are all currently taking part in the scheme with 11 of the 33 London Boroughs set to roll out E-Scooter rental in the coming months.
We are often asked if these scooters are legal or not and if they can be driving whilst the rider is intoxicated. As well as what happens if I’m caught Drink Driving on an Electric Scooter.
We are forever receiving enquiries from people, innocently believing that if they name another person they can escape punishment!
They’ve heard stories from a friend of a friend of a friend, who never heard anything back from it so surely it must work?
We can assure you that that it does not work, after representing hundreds of clients over the years after they have put themselves in that position and ultimately been charged with perverting the course of justice!
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Have you collected 12 points on your licence and might be totting up?
Are you about to reach the maximum points allowance on your licence?
If you are, and you do not wish to lose your licence, call us and we can help you.
Having penalty points added to your driving licence for a driving offence is a common occurrence, ask around and it won’t be hard to find someone who has at least 3. However, if you reach 12 points and tott up, this can lead to disqualification from driving and as a result, huge changes to your every day life.
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Appeal a Driving Ban – Disclosing Convictions to Employers
Firstly, the Court will not normally disclose this to your employer, however there is nothing stopping your local newspaper publishing the outcome of the Court hearing in the newspaper!
If you are not sure about whether you have a duty to disclose it to your employer, firstly you should check your company policies which you should adhere too. Your contract of employment may also hold the answer. If you are a member of a professional body, for example a Doctor registered with the General Medical Council – it would be wise speaking with a representative there.
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We receive many enquiries from people that have missed speed awareness courses for a variety of different reasons, such as illness, work or just that pure fact that its slipped their mind!
There may be some good news, if you are still within time you may be able to rebook onto the course! You will however need to contact the course provider directly to see if this is possible.
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The notice of intended prosecution has to be sent to the registered keeper within 14 days, however if you were pulled over by the police for speeding they will have given your notice of intended prosecution at the roadside.
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Police Procedure for Arresting Someone UK – Understand the procedure
It is essential to understand what is correctly and incorrectly when learning how will a police officer pull you over?
Receiving the best available legal advice when you may be charged with a driving offence can be the difference between being found guilty and receiving a heavy fine, driving ban, multiple points and/or a prison sentence, to walking free without charge.
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No NIP (notice of intended prosecution) within 14 days leads most drivers to feel that they have escaped prosecution but that is not always the case.
There are a few things that you need to consider. Firstly, are you the registered keeper of the vehicle or is the vehicle leased or a company vehicle?
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Foreign Licence in UK
A frequent question that we receive here at Hammond Trotter Solicitors is “can I drive on a foreign licence in UK?”
If you have received a notice of intended prosecution, you have a duty to respond and provide the information that is requested. If you were the driver of the vehicle caught speeding, you should provide the details.
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Our Firm unfortunately do not offer Motoring Solicitors Legal aid in cases, we solely operate on a privately paying basis.
Legal Aid has changed dramatically over the years since it was introduced. Under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), legal aid is very rarely granted for minor motoring offence cases in the Magistrates Court.
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