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Drink Driving Solicitors in Manchester

Drink Driving Solicitors in Manchester

You will need the legal services of drink driving solicitors in Manchester if you have been accused of any of the crimes that fall under the regulations for drink driving that are applicable in the United Kingdom (UK). The types of accusations related to drink driving vary from very simple ones, that have few legal implications, such as having a very low alcohol in your system while driving, to very complex ones.

 Quick Facts  
When can one request the services of drink driving solicitors in Manchester?

In any traffic situation where a person was accused of drink driving or was the victim of another person who drank alcohol and then drove.  

Law regulating drink driving

 Road Traffic Act 1988   

Alcohol limits for drink driving (yes/no)

Yes

Sentences for drink driving, presented by our drink driving solicitors in Manchester

– driving ban;

– imprisonment;

– fines; 

– the obligation to pass the driving test again

Disqualification from driving after drink driving (yes/no)

Yes

Minimum driving ban after drink driving 

 1 year

Law regulating the charges applied to drunk drivers 

The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988

Breath test limits 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 ml of breath 
Blood test limits 

80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 ml of blood

Urine test limits 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100 ml of urine
Imprisonment for drink driving applicable (yes/no)

Yes  

Maximum sentence in prison as a consequence of drink driving 

14 years

Average fines charged for drink driving  

GBP 2,500- 5,000 

Obligations of drivers stopped by police officers 

– to pull over when the police requests; 

– to provide personal identification documents, including the driver’s license; 

– to take a rapid breath test, if the police officer considers it is necessary.

Consequences of pleading guilty in Manchester It can lead to a reduction of the sentence. However, those who plead guilty from the beginning will be automatically forbidden to drive for 12 months.  

Typically, Manchester law firms are able to provide legal representation regardless of the crime that one is accused of. However, if you have been accused, it is highly recommended to request the legal advice of our drink driving solicitors in Manchester, regardless if you are a resident of this city or country or if you are a foreigner.

What is the legal framework on drink driving in Manchester?

Rules applicable in Manchester, as well as in the UK, are very strict when it comes to drink driving, which is seen as a serious crime, given that the person who is drink driving can put his or her own life in danger, while also being a risk for other traffic participants, given that alcohol can have a serious impact on a person’s ability to drive.

This is those who are accused of drink driving should request legal advice from drink driving solicitors in Manchester, as, in numerous cases, the participation of the court will be necessary. Also, it can be necessary to be represented by lawyers in the case in which more complex situations occurred, for example, the police considered that you were under the influence but couldn’t prove it because when you were stopped, you refused to take the breath test or because you left the car.

Please mind that even in these circumstances, the police can charge you on account of drink driving; any excuses a person can offer in order to avoid any of the tests that can be used for proving drink driving will be used as a way to be charged with this criminal offence, according to the UK laws. Also mind that refusing to obey the requirement to take a breath test when stopped by the police can lead to you being arrested.

Persons who have been accused of drink driving in Manchester have two main options – to plead guilty, and in this case, a sentence will be issued based on the particularities that occurred at the moment when the accused person was charged with drink driving, or to plead not guilty, even if there is sufficient evidence that can be used for being charged. In both cases, the services of our drink driving solicitors in Manchester can be requested as in both situations, one can obtain a more favorable outcome.

Drink driving in Manchester – alcohol limit and sentences

In the following section, our drink driving solicitors in Manchester have prepared a short list on the alcohol limits from where a criminal charge can be applied to a driver. You can also find in this section information on the fines you can pay or other consequences that can appear (such as having your driver’s license removed for a certain period of time):

  • if you take a breath test, you can be charged if you have over 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 ml of breath;
  • for a blood test, the limit is of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 ml of blood;
  • for a urine test, the limit is of 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100 ml of urine;
  • regardless of the situation, you can face the risk of being disqualified from driving for a period of 12 months, this being the minimum penalty you can face;
  • in other cases, you can be sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 6 months;
  • you can also be charged with paying a fine of minimum GBP 5,000;
  • the maximum charge prescribed by the law is to spend 14 years in prison, for more serious driving offences;
  • the charges one can receive are prescribed under the rules of The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

Please mind that all persons who plead guilty from the beginning on a charge related to drink driving will generally receive the interdiction to drive for a period of 12 months, this being one of the main obligations of the court under the applicable law. In exceptional cases, the court can find special reasons for not issuing the driving ban, but as a general rule, if the case will be heard in a court, this will be the most likely outcome.

Provided that you are in one of the special situations that are recognized in the UK, our team of drink driving solicitors in Manchester can help you reduce your penalties. If you need further information, we highly advise you to contact our lawyer in Manchester for legal advice. Our team can create a defence based on your particular situation and best represent your interests in front of the court.