Drunk in Charge

We work with expert witnesses to defend your case 

There are a number of offences that can be committed if a person is drunk in charge, unfit when in charge or fails to provide a sample of breath when in charge of a motor vehicle.

The offence of drunk in charge of a motor vehicle is contrary to s.5(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and carries a maximum of three months’ imprisonment, a driving disqualification and a fine up to £2,500.

There is also an offence of being unfit through drink or drugs whilst in charge of a motor vehicle, which is contrary to s.4(2) of the Road traffic Act 1988, and carries a maximum penalty of three months' imprisonment, a driving disqualification and a fine of up to £2,500.

There are a number of potential defences that are available to these charges. The most common defence is if a defendant had no intention of driving the motor vehicle in question until they were fit to drive or until the level of alcohol in their system was below the legal limit.

In order to ensure the best chance of a not guilty verdict in trial we work closely with some of the country’s leading experts. These experts will be able to give evidence based on your metabolism and level of alcohol detected at the time of the alleged offence, in order to calculate when you would be fit and legal to drive again. This is especially useful when the defence of sleeping in a car after a night out is raised.

Contact Pure Law Criminal Defence now on 02920 595911 for a free confidential consultation