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Breath Test Machine Calibration – Challenge a breath reading

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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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MAJOR FAILINGS WITHIN THE DVLA – CHALLENGE AN UNFAIR DECISION

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

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

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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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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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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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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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