Table of Contents:
- Special Reasons Not to Disqualify – Does Pleading Guilty Reduce Your Sentence?
- Emergency Circumstances Guilty Plea
- Laced Drinks
- Shortness of Distance Guilty Plea
Special Reasons Not to Disqualify – Does Pleading Guilty Reduce Your Sentence?
Under certain circumstances the courts have a discretion to impose a shorter level of disqualification, or no disqualification following a guilty plea or following a guilty verdict at trial.
Below is a list of the main headings under which the courts would consider these factors:
Emergency Circumstances Guilty Plea
It should be noted that great emphasis is put upon the word “emergency”. It is not enough to simply suggest that you felt the best thing to do in a situation was to drive.
There needs to be a real emergency and the courts will give great consideration as to why you could not phone for a taxi, police officer or ambulance.
3: Laced Drinks
If you have consumed more alcohol than you were aware of and as a result have been found to be driving over the limit you are guilty of the offence. However, if you can convince the court that you were unaware of the amount of alcohol you consumed then the court can exercise their discretion under laced drinks provisions.
4: Shortness of Distance Guilty Plea
If whilst intoxicated you move your car a short distance, the court can reduce or completely remove any disqualification.
There are seven criteria such as road conditions and reason for driving which are relevant, as well as the distance travelled. In these situations the distance travelled does need to be very short to achieve a successful outcome.
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