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  • Nov21

    Drug Driving Sentencing Guidelines Released

    Conor Johnstone

    The Sentencing Council is launching guidance for sentencing cases of ‘drug driving’.   The guidance is to assist those sentencing offences of driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug in the body above the specified limit (Section 5A Road Traffic Act 1988)….

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  • Nov21

    Middle-aged women are more likely to drink drive

    Conor Johnstone

    Middle-aged women are most likely to be prosecuted by police this Christmas for drink driving.   Figures show that out of all driving convictions carried out by women, more than a third are for drink-driving committed by those aged 45-60.   For men, drink drivers are more likely to be younger, with a third of offenders…

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  • Nov16

    How drink-drive rehabilitation courses cut reoffending rates

    Conor Johnstone
    It’s day one of a drink-drive rehabilitation course and everyone attending has a different experience to share with the group. The police breathalysed Ken after he crashed his car when driving home from a drinking session at his local. He took the risk because there were no taxis available - and his reading was more...

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  • Nov3

    Not learning your lesson – Distracted drivers

    Conor Johnstone

    Driving whilst distracted can be deadly. It can also be a criminal offence. Data from a BBC Radio 5 Freedom of Information Request shows that almost 10,000 drivers have been caught twice in four years for being distracted whilst driving, this includes using a mobile phone or operating a sat-nav system. The penalties may not be…

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  • Nov1

    Breath Test Machine Calibration – Challenge a breath reading

    Conor Johnstone
    M.A.J. Law frequently challenge the results provided by intoxilyser devices. Many police stations fail to correctly maintain breath testing machines in line with strict requirements imposed when the type-approval orders came into force. In certain circumstances the machine can over-estimate the proportion of alcohol in your system, showing a higher alcohol-concentration. This could result in...

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  • Oct25

    MAJOR FAILINGS WITHIN THE DVLA – CHALLENGE AN UNFAIR DECISION

    Conor Johnstone

    A recent report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has found ‘major failings’ in certain sectors of the DVLA. The biggest concerns relate to the Drivers Medical Group (which considers whether individuals who suffer with complex medical conditions such as Epilepsy, Strokes, neurological and mental health conditions are safe to drive). A number of complaints…

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  • Sep16

    M.A.J. Law move to a ‘new’ office – The Old Grammar School

    Conor Johnstone
    Back to School - M.A.J. Law move to victorian Grammar School M.A.J. Law Solicitors - specialists in motoring defence - have moved to new offices. As a rapidly expanding criminal defence practice, the previous offices (located on Widnes Road, Widnes) quickly became too small for the thriving workforce. In August 2016, the firm made the decision to up...

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  • Aug24

    Drink Driving and Mental Health – How will it affect your case?

    Conor Johnstone

    M.A.J. Law discuss mental health and the defences it may open up.   Within this booklet you will find information relating to both drink driving offences and failing to provide allegations. A mental illness, such as depression, could prevent you from being convicted. When processing people for drink driving, the police will often overlook ‘invisible’…

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  • Aug23

    Three Ways to Avoid a Drink Driving Ban | Legal Advice

    Conor Johnstone
    Transcript The purpose of this video is to discuss the three most common ways to avoid a drink driving disqualification. If you have been charged with drink driving, it is a very serious offence, it is a criminal conviction, and it is always in your interests to consider the options open to you. M.A.J. Law...

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GF

6th March 2019 Bromley Magistrates' Court

(Drink driving case won at trial)

I wanted to express my gratitude to the team at M.A.J Law for their expert advice and representation. I was charged with drink driving and asked to attend court. I searched online and found M.A.J Law. Their solicitors all seemed well informed and professional. Unlike other firms I spoke to, they didn’t give it the hard sell and explained all my options. My case was won at trial after the police officer couldn’t remember who had completed the important procedural paperwork.

I am eternally grateful for M.A.J Law’s assistance and would recommend them to anyone in a similar situation.

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JG

28th February 2019 Scarborough Magistrates' Court

Dear David, Conor and the M.A.J team.

I’d just like to thank you for the services provided and for your patience with my worries and questions throughout the process.

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