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ruinedeverything

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Hi new to this, I crashed my car, it was written off, yes I was drunk driving, which i've never done before, got taken to the police station and am in court in february. I'm lost, I have a new business that I need to drive for, I'm going to lose everything, I was on setraline for depression at the time, it was my grandads anniversary of when he passed away, and I'm pretty sure that I basically was having a full on breakdown at that point. This sort of thing is totally out of character for me, I've had a clean licence up to know, and no other convictions, I'm not eating or sleeping, with worry. Do I need to get a solicitor? Would a breakdown be reason enough to get the ban shortened?
 

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Hi new to this, I crashed my car, it was written off, yes I was drunk driving, which i've never done before, got taken to the police station and am in court in february. I'm lost, I have a new business that I need to drive for, I'm going to lose everything, I was on setraline for depression at the time, it was my grandads anniversary of when he passed away, and I'm pretty sure that I basically was having a full on breakdown at that point. This sort of thing is totally out of character for me, I've had a clean licence up to know, and no other convictions, I'm not eating or sleeping, with worry. Do I need to get a solicitor? Would a breakdown be reason enough to get the ban shortened?
There is a mandatory minimum 12 month disqualification when convicted of drink driving.

Completing a drink driving course will reduce any period of disqualification by up to 25%.

This means the best outcome you can expect is a 12 month disqualification reduced by 3 months by completing the course which would result in being banned for a period of 9 months.

The length of ban you receive will largely depend on the level of alcohol in your system at the time of the offence. Did you provide a breath sample at the police station, if so what was the reading?
 

ruinedeverything

New member
There is a mandatory minimum 12 month disqualification when convicted of drink driving.

Completing a drink driving course will reduce any period of disqualification by up to 25%.

This means the best outcome you can expect is a 12 month disqualification reduced by 3 months by completing the course which would result in being banned for a period of 9 months.

The length of ban you receive will largely depend on the level of alcohol in your system at the time of the offence. Did you provide a breath sample at the police station, if so what was the reading?
Breath reading was 99, but I am only 6.5 stone if that adds anything to it.
 

Idiot2612

Member
23 to 28 months buddy as you are probably aware now. With possible 25% percent reduction.

If its recent it will all be so raw, you need to get through to the court date a day at a time.
I am am now 8 months in, course booked online in dec and then licence back in April.
You will find ways of coping and friends, family will more than likely assist where reasonably practicable.

I had a solicitor, main reason being peace of kind for 300 quid. I knew my destiny but wanted to apply damage limitation and well this did help. I believe it shows you are bothered in court, my fines and ban were certainly minimised by this.
Court is not as bad as you think, the magistrate even apologised for having to impose a ban on me!

I am no expert and just sharing thoughts and views
 

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ruinedeverything

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23 to 28 months buddy as you are probably aware now. With possible 25% percent reduction.

If its recent it will all be so raw, you need to get through to the court date a day at a time.
I am am now 8 months in, course booked online in dec and then licence back in April.
You will find ways of coping and friends, family will more than likely assist where reasonably practicable.

I had a solicitor, main reason being peace of kind for 300 quid. I knew my destiny but wanted to apply damage limitation and well this did help. I believe it shows you are bothered in court, my fines and ban were certainly minimised by this.
Court is not as bad as you think, the magistrate even apologised for having to impose a ban on me!

I am no expert and just sharing thoughts and views
Thank you.
 

price1367

TTC Group
As well as the good advice from idiot2612, there is also the distinct possibility that you will get a community penalty, such as a specified amount of community service hours to perform or even a curfew with a tag for a few weeks / months.
 

Honestman

Well-known member
Drink Driving Penalty
Details of offence as provided by you:

Specimen Type: breath
Alcohol Level: between 90 and 119
No previous relevant convictions within the proceeding 10 years
You have not been disqualified two or more times for 56 days or more within the proceeding 3 years
Based on the information you provided above, upon conviction of driving with excess alcohol, Magistrates' sentencing guidelines suggest:

A driving disqualification of 23 - 28 months; and
A Low to high level community order
Classed as High Risk Offender
Because the level of alcohol in your system exceeded 87.5 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath, or 200 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood, or 267.5 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine you will be classed as a high risk offender.

High risk offenders are required to take and pass a DVLA Medical before their driving licence will be returned to them upon expiration of their driving driving disqualification.

Drink Driving Rehabilitation Course
All courts usually offer first time offenders the opportunity to take the drink driving rehabilitation course. A court may allow an offender to take the course a second time where there is a good reason to do so. Offenders will not usually be offered a chance to take the course for a third time. Completing the course can reduce any disqualification period imposed by up to 25%.

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