Drunk in Charge Sentencing Guidelines

The difference between drunk in charge and drink driving is where the police are unable to prove that you drove. The normal situation is where someone has parked up with the intention of staying there and then had a drink.  The court will often say that they consider that it was likely that the vehicle would have been driven whilst the driver was still over the limit and then disqualify.

Drunk in charge does not carry an automatic ban unlike drink driving. Whether the court decide to ban you will depend on the circumstances, in particular the level of the reading and whether they think it is likely that you would have driven. There are a number of factors the court will take into account. If it is important to you to avoid a ban it is important to go private and have a specialist solicitor.

We have years of experience in dealing with these matters, unlike a lot of firms, we have not just started doing this because legal aid is being squeezed. We won’t send the same person who deals with all the local druggies. You will get a specialist lawyer representing you. We will take the trouble to go through the matter in great detail with you to make sure we get the full story to present to the court. We will leave no stone unturned in making sure you get the best result.

The full sentencing guidelines for Drunk In Charge appear below.



Breath (µg) Blood (mg) Urine (mg)
36 – 59 81 – 137 108 – 183 Band B fine Band B fine 10 points
60-89 138 – 206 184 – 274 Band B fine Band B fine 10 points OR consider disqualification
90 – 119 207 – 275 275 – 366 Band C fine Band C fine to medium level community order Consider disqualification up to 6 months OR 10 points
120 + 276 + 367 + Medium level community order Low level community order to 6 weeks custody Disqualify 6-12 months

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