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Sentencing Guidelines

One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘How long will I get banned for’

This will depend on a number of factors. The court will look at the sentencing guidelines listed below. These are only guidelines and the length of ban can go up or down depending on the circumstances. We have appeared in court on a daily basis and know how to use these guidelines to ensure that the court take into account your particular circumstances.

We know how to present your best arguments to make sure the court treat you leniently.

Road Traffic Act 1988, s.5(1)(a)

Excess alcohol (drive/attempt to drive)

Maximum: level 5 fine and/or 6 months.

  • Must disqualify for at least twelve months
  • Must disqualify for at least 3 years if you have been convicted of a relevant offence in preceding 10 years

Note: the final column below provides guidance regarding the length of disqualification that may be appropriate in cases to which the 3 year minimum applies. The period to be imposed in any individual case will depend on an assessment of all the relevant circumstances, including the length of time since the ban was imposed and the gravity of the current offence.

 

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Sentencing Guidelines

The length of ban can go up or down depending on the circumstances. We have appeared in court on a daily basis and know how to use these guidelines to ensure that the court take into account your particular circumstances…more

sentencing guidelines for drink drivingDrink Driving

The biggest factor here is the reading. There are other factors that the court will take into account. These are only guidelines and each case is different…more

drunk in chargeDrunk in charge

There is no automatic ban for being caught drunk in charge….more

refusing to give a drink drive specimenRefusing to give a specimen

The court always treat this seriously, the principle is that a defendant who is clearly drunk should not be able to reduce the sentence by simply refusing to provide a specimen…more

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