Of all samples that could be given in a drink driving case, urine is the least common. This is because Police Guidance advises that urine should only be taken as a last resort, due to the complicated nature of the procedure, the time it takes to collect an evidential urine specimen and the inaccurate and unreliable results often provided by laboratories.
It stands to reason that the more you do something, the better you will be at it. Many police officers are less familiar with urine procedures, and often try and adapt their knowledge of breath sample procedures, which they may carry out more often. This can result in mistakes and errors being made with the evidence against you.
From January to December 2016, M.A.J. Law won every single drink driving urine case. Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without in-depth expert knowledge of the case law and statute relating to alcohol in urine drink driving cases, as well as a strong team of forensic scientists.
There is no immediate option to provide a urine specimen at the police station. There are only four circumstances where urine can be requested by an officer;
If urine is taken in any other circumstances, it could be unlawful. If you think this may have happened to you, please call us immediately.
The law states that you have one hour to provide two specimens of urine. The first sample is obtained and discarded by the officer (it is during this attempt that you are required to empty your bladder, but this cannot be into a toilet). You should then be given a period of time – often around 40 – 60 minutes – to refill your bladder.
The second sample is then obtained, retained and split into two. Part of the second sample is provided to you, the other part is the evidential sample that will be sent to the laboratory.
The majority of urine cases we win will fail because of one of the following reasons. If you think any of the points set out below may have happened to you, it’s crucial that you call us immediately. The starting point when challenging a drink driving urine case is to consider the following:
There are over 5 different routes an officer can take to obtain a specimen of urine. He must have the lawful authority to take the chosen route and this must be documented correctly in the MGDDB document. It’s a procedural minefield.
M.A.J. Law recognises that every case is different. We often win drink driving urine cases using complex legal arguments and unique defence strategies. Most of our cases are won for the following reasons;
Further to the issues raised above, there are a number of statutory defences to an allegation of drink driving. Many of these defences will apply to all drink driving related offences. We’ve produced a ‘Drink Driving Defences’ document that details more information about the statutory defences that can be used – you can find it on the Resources page.
MAJ Law are completely transparent about our fixed fee pricing structure and any potential costs that might be incurred throughout the case, so please don’t be afraid to ask. Our quoted fixed fees will not change, even if the case becomes more complicated than originally anticipated. Over the years, our team of specialist solicitors have built long-lasting, honest and trustworthy relationships with each and every person. This has helped us become the leading drink driving defence solicitors in the UK.
MAJ Law also employs a number of Cost Recovery Administrators who will process your Defence Costs Order immediately. This allows you to claim back your costs from the Central Funds Office of the Government (subject to assessment).
Choosing the right solicitor is vitally important. There is a genuine and honest belief amongst our team that we are the best motoring defence solicitors in the UK (and we’re sure our clients would agree)! We challenge all cases with a positive attitude and will never ‘throw in the towel’. It’s this mindset that has allowed us to quickly become the leading drink driving defence solicitors.
We aim to make the decision as easy as possible for you. The following points may assist;
Our success rates matter. Our team of specialist solicitors have a proven track record.
Urine Cases Won
Urine Cases Won
*all urine cases during 2018
Urine Cases Won
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