Avoiding a Ban


There are only two ways that you can avoid a ban for drink driving. Either you have a defence or you have Special Reasons for not being disqualified. We have identified 3 special reasons and over 34 defences to avoid a ban for drink driving.

Steve Williams of Forrest Williams

Steve Williams of Forrest Williams

We are experts in avoiding a ban. We will do whatever it takes to avoid you being banned for drink driving. If you think that you may have a defence look at our DEFENCES page.

Special Reasons relate to the offence itself. The common ones for drink driving are shortness of distance driven, emergency or spiked drinks. Look at our SPECIAL REASONS page for details of these.

There are lots of defences but these are the common ones – 

I wasn’t driving

This is the most obvious defence but it rarely applies. Remember that the Crown Prosecution Service have to prove every aspect of the allegation…more

Procedure errors

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

There was a fault in the machine

The new breath test machines are a lot more accurate than they used to be, but they are not perfectmore

I drank after I drove

This occurs when someone is arrested away from the car. It is sometimes called the ‘hip flask defence’…more

Medical grounds for failing to provide a specimen

It is a defence to show that there was a reasonable excuse for not being able to provide a sample…more


If you plead guilty, or are found guilty of Drink Driving, then the court must disqualify you for a minimum of 12 months.

The only exception to this is if Special Reasons apply not to disqualify you. There are no limits on special reasons but the common ones are listed below. Click on any of the links below to get further information about these reasons.

Spiked drinks

If someone has added alcohol to your drink that you were not aware of this can be special reasons not to disqualify you…more

Shortness of distance driven

It has to be a very short distance. If the court think that it was unlikely you would have come into contact with other road users they can find special reasons not to disqualify you…more


If you can establish that you only drove because of an emergency then the court may not disqualify you…more

We are confident we will get you a great outcome, we deal in facts, we don’t issue made up stats. We are brutally honest about your chances of keeping your licence. If we can’t find a defence no one can. We have been named best motoring solicitors in the UK, we are the only drink driving firm ranked in the worldwide prestigious Legal 500. But more importantly than awards and recognitions we care, we genuinely care about you as a client and about doing everything we can to help you.

For a free initial assessment of your case call us on 01623 600645