Sentencing Guidelines

Please see below to find out the guidlines to give you an idea of the length of your ban, the fine band you are likely to fall in and whether or not custody or community service is to be expected.

Breath Test

Breath Test Reading 36 - 59

Expect to receive a ban of between 12 – 16 months and a Band C Fine (click here to see details of Fines)

Breath Test Reading 60 – 89

You should expect to receive a ban for between 17 - 22 months and a Band C Fine (click here for details of Fines)

Breath Test Reading 90 – 119

If your breathalyser reading was in this category then you are likely to receive a ban between 23 – 28 months and consider community service.

Breath Test Reading 120 – 150+

Expect a ban for between 29 and 36 months and it is likely that you will be given a custodial sentence.

Blood Test Reading 81 -137

Expect to receive a ban of between 12 – 16 months and a Band C Fine (click here to see details of Fines)

Blood Test Reading 138 - 206

You should expect to receive a ban between 17 - 22 months for a blood reading of this level and a Band C Fine (click here for details of Fines)

Blood Test Reading 207 - 275

If your blood test reading was in this category then you are likely to receive a ban between 23 – 28 months and consider community service.

Blood Test Reading 276 – 345+

For a blood reading between 276 upwards then you should expect a ban for between 29 and 36 months and it is likely that you will be given a custodial sentence.

Important!

If you fall under one of the higher brackets and are worried about recieveing a custodial sentence then you should take legal advice as soon as possible. To find a specialist drink driving solicitor near you then please click here

Drink Driving Offence

You can re apply for your driving license only once your driving ban has ended. If you apply any sooner you might have to wait even longer before you can drive again

If this it is your first conviction most insurers will ask if you have any convictions in the last 5 years. But the convictin will stay on your record with the DVLA for over 10 years

Yes. Only a uniformed constable can stop you, they must have goon reason to suspect you have been driving, attempting to drive, or in charge of a vehicle with alcohol in your body or you've committed a motoring offence.

Careless Driving

Careless diriving is when your standard of driving is considered to be below what is expected of a reasonable and prudent driver. You do not have to be driving a motor vehicle to be charged with this offence, you can be driving any mechanically propelled motor vehicle. The driving offence does not have to take place on a public road either, the offence can be committed on any place which the public have access.

It is possible depending on how serious your offence is. You can lose between 3 - 9 points on your license and recieve up to a �2,500 fine. It is always best be represented in court to help avoid losing your license.

It is not compulsory to have a solicitor, but highly advisable to seek some kind of legal advice. If you have a defence a solicitor can help fight your corner.