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Driving Offences at Christmas

The Christmas period is upon us and one of the most common examples of motoring offences at this time of the year is Drink Driving.

We represent clients on a full range of motoring offences and have experienced solicitors who can help with your case and provide the representation that you need. We offer fair and transparent fees for these matters and will be there for you throughout your case.

Free Initial Telephone Options Appointment 

We provide a free initial telephone options appointment to see how we can assist in your circumstances. Please call 0330 333 2613 for a no obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call you back.

What you need to know:

Should you be arrested in relation to a driving offence by the police, it is vital that you contact a solicitor to represent you.

There are a number of motoring offences for which you may require the services of a solicitor. Some offences are as follows:

  • Speeding
  • Dangerous Driving
  • Careless Driving (driving without due care and attention)
  • Drink Driving/Drug Driving
  • Being in charge of a vehicle whilst unfit through drink or drugs
  • Using Your mobile phone whilst driving
  • Failure to provide a specimen

We offer straight forward advice and understand the needs of drivers arrested in relation to a motoring offence.

Drink driving 

It is illegal to drive if either: the amount of alcohol in your breath, blood or urine is over the prescribed alcohol limit; and you are unfit to do so through alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal) in your system.

Legal Limit

Micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath

Milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood


Milligrams per 100 millilitres of urine


You could be imprisoned, banned from driving and face a fine if you’re found guilty of drink-driving.

The consequences of a motoring offence range from a fine, licence endorsed, disqualification, community order or even prison.

If you are disqualified for drink driving the disqualification can be reduced by taking a drink-drive rehabilitation scheme (DDRS) course

Being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit through drink

You may get:

  • 3 months’ imprisonment
  • up to £2,500 fine
  • a possible driving ban
  • licence Endorsed

Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink

You may get:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)

Refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis

You may get:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 1 year

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink

You may get:

  • 14 years’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 2 years
  • an extended driving test before your licence is returned

You won’t automatically get your licence back if you’re a high risk offender.

Other problems you could face

A conviction for drink-driving also means:

  • your car insurance costs will increase significantly
  • if you drive for work, your employer will see your conviction on your licence
  • you may have trouble travelling to countries like the USA


You may be entitled to free initial legal advice and representation under Legal Aid for some offences. On most occasions where Legal Aid is not available, we will offer fixed fees or a transparent hourly rate. Speak to us today to find out more.

How we can help

We understand that losing your driving license could substantially impact on your life, subsequently causing significant distress. Our dedicated team are committed to helping you keep your license.

Our team are experienced in defending a variety of motoring offences. It is vital that you contact us as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances.


Our solicitors are able to provide expert advice across the country with a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.

How to get in contact

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us on 0330 333 2613 for a no-obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call or email you back.

How to make contact out of hours

We operate a call out system, meaning that representation from our expert criminal law team can be requested at any time of the day or night.  The police will contact a call centre who will then telephone us immediately.

If you require assistance from one of our criminal defence solicitors when out of our normal office hours, it is vital that you call us on:

  • Chesterfield: 07717802850
  • Derby: 07776240152
  • Mansfield: 07741592301
  • Nottinghamshire: 07741592301

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Adrian Hall

Trainee solicitor

Adrian is a Trainee Solicitor/Accredited Police Station Representative who joined our Crime team in November 2020, and is based at our Chesterfield office.

He studied at Nottingham Law School for his Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Law, and Legal Practice Course after having studied History at The University of Sheffield.

Adrian has extensive experience in representing and advising clients on a whole range of criminal matters. In the past, Adrian has advised clients across the Midlands region, and has previously represented detainees at Police Stations in the South London area. He now represents criminal clients in the Derbyshire region, regularly attending Police Stations in Derby and Chesterfield to provide honest and efficient advice to individuals requiring representation.

Adrian appreciates that when clients come into conflict with the criminal justice system that this can be a distressing time for them. Is it because of this that Adrian adopts a friendly approach to his work, ensuring our clients receive transparent legal advice relating to their case.




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