The law relating to drink driving is very complex in parts.
Most general, high street solicitors do not have the necessary expertise to be able to advise on the more complex areas of the law. If you are facing a charge it is important to talk to a Specialist Drink Driving Solicitor.
The Following pages will give a guide to the drink driving laws as contained in the Road Traffic Act 1988
Most of these will require expert advice and representation. Click on any of the following to get further information about these laws.
Drink driving offences
A person who, when driving or attempting to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place, is unfit to drive through drink or drugs is guilty of an offence…more
This is the most complicated defence and requires expert representation. There is a whole list of potential defences relating to the drink drive procedure…more
Preliminary (roadside) breath tests
The first step of most drink driving investigations is when the police ask a driver to provide a sample after they have stopped him…more
Police station breath tests
If you fail the initial breath test in the police car, or the police think that you are drunk or under the influence of drugs you will be taken to the police station and asked to provide a breath specimen…more
Drink drive limit
What the limits are for drink driving, in breath, blood and urine, and what they mean in practical terms…more
Drunk in charge or driving?
What is the difference between being in charge of a car and driving…more
Failing to provide a specimen
What happens if you don’t, or can’t provide a specimen…more
Optional blood or urine test
If you provide a breath specimen that is over 40 but below 50 you should be given the option of replacing it with blood or urine…more
Police powers to enter your property
If the police don’t catch you driving, can they enter your property if they suspect you of drink driving…more