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There are a number of offences that might fall under the category of drink driving offences, including driving while under the influence of excessive alcohol and failing to provide a specimen. While the latter doesn’t necessarily mean that you were definitely over the limit, the courts will typically treat it with the same level of potential penalty, in a bid to try and prevent drivers from using this as a ploy to get out of drink driving offences.
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In most cases, you have the right to appeal a conviction made by UK courts, and this is certainly the case if you have been found guilty of a motoring offence. Whether you believe that you received poor quality legal representation during the first case, you represented yourself, or there was a genuine reason that you were unaware of the hearing in the first place, it may be possible to have your conviction overturned or the case re-opened.
Speeding is the most common driving offence, and depending on how much you were speeding by, as well as any other circumstances surrounding the alleged offence, it can carry penalties ranging from three points and a £100 fine to a disqualification for dangerous driving. While most speeding cases are dealt with by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice…
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Disqualification from driving is seen as a severe penalty, and is typically only handed down to those that commit the most serious offences, or that repeatedly commit lesser offences. While it may be possible for a solicitor to argue that you would suffer exceptional hardship by having your licence taken from you, there is still the chance that you will be disqualified. However, if your circumstances have changed, you meet certain stipulations and criteria…
New drug driving laws have been introduced in the UK, although it has long been an offence to drive while under the influence of drugs. New laws introduced in March 2015, along with the introduction of roadside testing equipment, means that drivers can be asked to provide a specimen of saliva or sweat at the roadside, and can then be taken in to the police station for further testing if certain levels of any of eight drugs are found in the driver’s system.
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Special reasons exist for many driving offences, and although they are different to claiming exceptional hardship, they can help you to avoid disqualification and fines despite the fact that you will still be found guilty of the offence. For example, if your drink was spiked and this led to you being arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, then you could still be charged and found guilty of drink driving, but the court may determine that you should be allowed to keep your licence.
Current laws dictate that if you amass 12 penalty points on your licence over a period of three years, then you should be subjected to an automatic disqualification. This disqualification can last for a period of six months up to several years, depending on whether you have been disqualified before and, if so, how long ago it occurred. Despite the fact that penalty points only accumulate for three years, and can be removed from your licence after four years, insurance companies can ask for details of offences committed over the past five years.