Public convictions?

Are drink & drug driving convictions made public?

Drink & drug driving is a criminal offence. If convicted, it will result in a criminal record. A  drink and drug driving conviction carries serious consequences. Naturally, it’s a worrying time. One concern is whether the criminal conviction will be made public. If you would prefer to speak in confidence, please call our office on 01514228020.

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M.A.J. Law are a leading motoring defence firm. We have an experienced, dedicated team of drink and drug driving laws. We’re here to defend you.

Our team of solicitors work closely with forensic scientists, toxicologists and independent expert witnesses to strengthen your defence. Our unique defence strategies have helped us to win over 90% of our drink and drug driving cases. If you find yourself in a sticky situation and need a helping hand, reach out to our team today.

We work closely with forensic scientists, toxicologists and independent expert witnesses to improve your defence. Our well thought out legal arguments have helped us to win 92% of our drink driving cases. If you find yourself in a sticky situation and need a helping hand, reach out to our team today.

Are drink and drug driving convictions made public?

As above, if you are found guilty of an offence in the magistrates’ court, you will have a criminal conviction. This applies whether you plead guilty or are found guilty after a trial. The general rule is that any imprisonable offence will result in a criminal record (an ‘imprisonable offence’ is any offence you could go to prison for, including drink and drug driving offences).

The rules governing criminal convictions are set down in section 27 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and The National Police Records (Recordable Offences) Regulations 2000.

Police departments have recently been ‘naming and shaming’ drink and drug drivers, either on local news sites or via Twitter. So, the answer is yes, drink and drug driving convictions can be made public. If you are found guilty and convicted in court, this information is in the public domain – so journalists are free to publish stories in local & national papers. There may even be a reporter sat in court when your case is called on.

Drink and drug driving – DVLA records

The DVLA keep a record of all driving endorsements. Drink and drug driving endorsements can stay on your record for up to 11 years (from the date of conviction). However, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 states that certain convictions become ‘spent’ after a set period of time. A ‘spent’ conviction is one which no longer needs to be declared. The amount of time you will need to wait until your offence becomes spent depends on the crime committed and the sentence imposed. You can read more about spent convictions here.

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If you have been charged with drink or drug driving, it’s crucial that you act immediately.

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