Motoring Offences – Driving with Excess Alcohol
Driving with Excess Alcohol, commonly referred to as Drink Driving, is a serious offence. A conviction carries automatic disqualification. Repeat offenders risk imprisonment.
The police are perfectly entitled to stop a driver randomly. However, they cannot request that you provide a breath sample unless they have good reason to suspect that you have been drinking. An example would be if your driving seems erratic or your breath smells of alcohol.
A uniformed officer may also request a sample if they have reasonable cause to suspect that you have either committed a moving traffic offence e.g. speeding or been involved in an accident. Failing to supply a specimen of breath is in itself an offence without reasonable excuse.
If charged with Driving with Excess Alcohol, you need expert help. We will examine your case in detail, in particular seeking errors in procedure which may mean the Court has to acquit you.