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  • 11 July 2016

    Could you still be over the limit? Drink Driving Solicitor

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    Conor Johnstone
    How long until I can drive? - 'Sleeping it off'   The chart below  is not intended to help you work out how much you can 'get away' with drinking before driving. It is intended simply to give you some understanding of alcohol elimination rates and timings of alcohol absorption. You may be surprised by the results. If you...
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  • 5 July 2016

    One Case Dropped Everyday – Drink Driving Victories

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    Conor Johnstone

    Last week, M.A.J. Law received five ‘Notice of Discontinuances’ from the CPS, dropping the drink driving charges against our clients. It is important to remember that the CPS rely heavily on people entering guilty pleas on the first court date. Whether the charge against you is drink driving, failing to provide, drug driving or drunk in…

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  • 22 June 2016

    Drinking & Driving – Does the British Public Know the Law?

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    M.A.J. LAW
    Recent research conducted by leading motoring defence firm, M.A.J. Law, has revealed public knowledge and opinions of the laws surrounding drink driving in England and Wales. Drinking whilst over the legal limit for alcohol is a serious offence, yet the general public seems to be largely uneducated about it, according to M.A.J. Law’s results. Scroll to the infographic...
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  • 17 June 2016

    The UEFA Euros – Giving Drink Drivers The Red Card

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    Conor Johnstone

    A police crackdown on drivers under the influence of drink and drugs is launched to coincide with the start of the Euro 2016 football tournament. The police are urging drivers to think twice before jumping in the driver’s seat after a drink.  Last year’s campaign saw more than 12,000 breath tests with almost 8,000 people arrested for…

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  • 8 June 2016

    Hands-Free. Not as safe as you think.

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    Conor Johnstone

    Drivers using hands-free are equally as distracted when driving, a study reveals. Researchers at The University of Sussex found that hands-free kits are no safer than those who use their phones as normal, despite the law condoning – and encouraging – the use of hands-free kits in cars. The study calls for all phones, including hands-free…

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  • 7 June 2016

    Don’t be forced into pleading guilty

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    Conor Johnstone

    The Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association has today published guidance to Criminal Advocates in respect of initial disclosure of the prosecution’s case. You may be surprised to hear that you are not entitled to any of the evidence against you prior to a first court hearing. This limits the advice your solicitor can give you. From a defence…

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  • 30 May 2016

    NHS Doctor with a criminal record?

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    Conor Johnstone

    Drink driving is a serious criminal offence that can carry adverse implications on your employment, particularly if you work within the health service. Arguably, those implications may be even more severe if you are a medical doctor. As a member of the British Medial Association or General Medical Council, you may have an ongoing duty…

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  • 27 May 2016

    The criminal justice system is close to breaking point

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    Conor Johnstone

    Countless drink driving cases are won as a direct result of failings made by the Crown Prosecution Service. In 2015, over 90% of our drink driving cases that proceeded to trial did so with missing evidence. This would usually lead to an acquittal. Disclosure of evidence in a timely fashion is crucial to a fair…

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  • 25 May 2016

    Drug Driving and Hay Fever

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    Conor Johnstone

    Attention Hay-fever sufferers Since the introduction of the new drug driving laws last year (2nd March 2015), the number of motorists charged with drug driving has increased by around 140%. Naturally, one would assume that those charged with this serious offence have taken illegal drugs. But this is not necessarily the case. Many of those…

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