Drunk in charge, Looking for advice!

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ak03051999

New member
I have been arrested for being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle.

The events of the night of the arrest:

On the 27th of February, me and my girlfriend we went to Brendon on the hill at around 6:30pm witch is near Ashby and we were there till Police came witch was around 10:30pm, I had obviously consumed some alcohol during that time, I'd say round 2 pints on an empty stomach, we was going to be there for another 3 hours or so but I had no intention to be driving back home, and my girlfriend wouldn't of let me anyway and I wouldn't think about risking it as my car is on finance and I've been driving for nearly 4 years with a clean license. We would of got a taxi back to hers, so police came at 10.30pm asked me what I was doing there I didn't say much, then they said they said they could smell alcohol and asked me if I'm happy to take a breath test witch, I replied with yea not a problem and got out of my car but the keys were still in the ignition, it then turned out they didn't have a breathalyser on them so they called in another unit, we all stood outside talking, when they came I did a breath test, on which I blew 45 and they arrested me took me down to the police station where I then blew 41. After 2 - 3 hours they let me go back to my car and I drove home. My court date is on 31st of March.

My free solicitor at the station told me not to pay for a solicitor as apparently there is a small chance I can get away with just 10 points and a fine. As I am only an apprentice and I make a minimum wage and can not afford to pay £2000-£5000 for a solicitor that can either ''get my case dismissed'' somehow or in worst case I walk with points and a fine.

If I loose my license, I've basically lost my job witch then will lead to me not being able to pay for all my expenses.

Just asking for advice if I should be getting a loan to pay for a solicitor or do I go with the free one with a hope I only get points and a fine?
 

grice96

Well-known member
I have been arrested for being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle.

The events of the night of the arrest:

On the 27th of February, me and my girlfriend we went to Brendon on the hill at around 6:30pm witch is near Ashby and we were there till Police came witch was around 10:30pm, I had obviously consumed some alcohol during that time, I'd say round 2 pints on an empty stomach, we was going to be there for another 3 hours or so but I had no intention to be driving back home, and my girlfriend wouldn't of let me anyway and I wouldn't think about risking it as my car is on finance and I've been driving for nearly 4 years with a clean license. We would of got a taxi back to hers, so police came at 10.30pm asked me what I was doing there I didn't say much, then they said they said they could smell alcohol and asked me if I'm happy to take a breath test witch, I replied with yea not a problem and got out of my car but the keys were still in the ignition, it then turned out they didn't have a breathalyser on them so they called in another unit, we all stood outside talking, when they came I did a breath test, on which I blew 45 and they arrested me took me down to the police station where I then blew 41. After 2 - 3 hours they let me go back to my car and I drove home. My court date is on 31st of March.

My free solicitor at the station told me not to pay for a solicitor as apparently there is a small chance I can get away with just 10 points and a fine. As I am only an apprentice and I make a minimum wage and can not afford to pay £2000-£5000 for a solicitor that can either ''get my case dismissed'' somehow or in worst case I walk with points and a fine.

If I loose my license, I've basically lost my job witch then will lead to me not being able to pay for all my expenses.

Just asking for advice if I should be getting a loan to pay for a solicitor or do I go with the free one with a hope I only get points and a fine?

A normal solicitor attending court with you on the day, presenting mitigation and requesting points over a ban for the reason of the possibility of you losing your job should cost you less than £400 all in. Do not get suckered by "drink driving specialists." Any solicitor can do this for you, ring around your local firms and get quotes. My solicitor for the day in court was £170.

Tell them you plan on pleading guilty to the offence of drunk in charge and would like mitigation presented and the magistrate to be asked to apply points rather than a ban for this offence given your clean driving record, that you did not plan to drive the car and your co-operation with the police. No solicitor can get a case of someone caught with the keys in the car and a breath test of 45 dismissed, don't be fooled by the solicitors who claim that it's rarely true. As many users on this forum have found out and paid upwards of 10k to finally be told to plead guilty on the day.
 

ak03051999

New member
A normal solicitor attending court with you on the day, presenting mitigation and requesting points over a ban for the reason of the possibility of you losing your job should cost you less than £400 all in. Do not get suckered by "drink driving specialists." Any solicitor can do this for you, ring around your local firms and get quotes. My solicitor for the day in court was £170.

Tell them you plan on pleading guilty to the offence of drunk in charge and would like mitigation presented and the magistrate to be asked to apply points rather than a ban for this offence given your clean driving record, that you did not plan to drive the car and your co-operation with the police. No solicitor can get a case of someone caught with the keys in the car and a breath test of 45 dismissed, don't be fooled by the solicitors who claim that it's rarely true. As many users on this forum have found out and paid upwards of 10k to finally be told to plead guilty on the day.
Thank you very much, that clears things off my mind, and just got to hope it goes well
 
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