Drink Driving Solicitors
If you have been charged with a drink driving offence, we strongly advise you to contact our specialist drink driving solicitors. We have an excellent track record, having successfully defended 87% of all drink driving cases we have dealt with.
Even if you think there is no chance of winning, we know what tactics to use to your advantage. Often, we secure a better outcome than our clients could ever have hoped for.
Serving England and Wales
We represent clients across England and Wales. We have offices in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Huddersfield. Wherever you live, we can help you.
Find out more about –
- UK drink driving law
- How to avoid a drink driving ban
- Drink driving special reasons
- Drink driving charges
- Penalties for drink driving
- Drink driving UK stats
We are on your side
At Parnell and Peel Solicitors, we know how daunting it is to face a drink driving charge. Going to court is not something most people are used to. Along with this anxiety, there is the worry that your driving record will be tainted with a drink driving conviction. There is also the possibility that you will lose your licence. No doubt, this will have a major impact on your life. It may even result in you losing your job.
If you have been charged with a drink driving offence, our solicitors know how you are feeling. We are here to help you. We use our knowledge and expertise to get the best possible outcome in your case. You might assume that you have to plead guilty, or that there is no way you can avoid a conviction. However, we know how to win cases that are seemingly open and shut.
How do we do it?
We specialise in drink driving cases. Over the years, we have developed a number of technical defences. These can be argued in court to ensure you keep your driving licence. The burden of proof is on the prosecution to prove that you are guilty. Often, it is possible to pick holes in the evidence. Sometimes, we can prevent the evidence being used entirely, especially if there have been procedural errors.
If you had a breath test
Most people charged with drink driving have undergone two breath tests. Consequently, the prosecution’s case hinges on the results of the ECB machine. However, these machines do go wrong. Additionally, the police do not always follow the correct procedures when using them. We can test all the components of the prosecution’s case against you, highlighting if any errors have been made. This might include if –
- The ECB machine has not been calibrated
- The prosecution cannot provide calibration documents going back over a period of six months
- The correct breath test procedure was not performed
- The police failed to perform an identification parade
We have successfully won cases using all the arguments listed above. It takes a specialist to investigate the conduct of the police, and to know where corners have been cut. If we can establish this, it could mean the evidence against you cannot be used.
If you had a blood test
In certain circumstances, the police will take a blood sample instead of a breath test. There are five grounds under which a blood test can be requested. Often, the police do not understand these grounds, nor do they follow the correct procedures. If a mistake is made, the request for the blood sample could be rendered unlawful. If we can prove this, the evidence cannot be used against you. For example, it could be that –
- You did not give express consent
- The samples were not labelled and transported properly
- The police cannot prove the blood sample is yours
- The forensic laboratory did not carry out the testing in the correct manner
- A sufficient sample was not taken
Talk To A Specialist In Total Confidence.
If a blood sample is taken at hospital, there are further requirements for the police to meet. For instance, the sample must be taken by the doctor who is supervising you.
We have successfully defended 92% of all blood cases we have dealt with, and 97% of all hospital blood cases.
If you had a urine test
Urine tests are rarely performed. When it does happen, we will question whether there was lawful consent, at what point the urine was taken, whether your bladder had been completely emptied, and whether there was an intervening time period between giving the two samples. All these things dictate whether the proper procedural requirements were met. We will also investigate the conduct of the testing laboratory.
We have successfully defended 93% of all urine cases we have dealt with.
It may also be possible to argue a case of special reasons. This means that you did drive while over the limit, but only due to mitigating circumstances. For instance, perhaps there was a medical emergency or your drink was laced and you did not know. We have won 91% of all drink driving special reasons cases we have dealt with.
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Drink Drive Breath of clients kept their driving licence
Drink Drive Blood clients kept their driving licence
Drink Drive Blood/Hospital clients kept their driving licence
Exceptional Hardship clients kept their driving licence
No Insurance clients kept their driving licence