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A Summary of Recent Cases – Marcus A Johnstone

  • Jul11

    Drink and Drug Driving – Identification & Forensic Evidence

    M.A.J. LAW
    Drink & Drug Driving Breath test procedure Identification Forensic evidence A positive breath test, forensic evidence and a positive ID. Any chance of success?  My client was charged with three offences: driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident. My client’s car crashed into another vehicle. An...

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  • Feb28

    Drug Driving Case Victory – Avoid a Ban

    Conor Johnstone
    In a recent case, M.A.J. Law successfully represented a young man charged with drug driving. It was an interesting case because so many obstacles were thrown in the defendant’s way by the police and the CPS. Our defence was also made more difficult because our client accepted smoking cannabis before driving! It was alleged that...

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  • Nov28

    The ‘Hip Flask’ Defence – Post Driving Consumption

    M.A.J. LAW
    Our team of specialist solicitors have spent years fine-tuning post driving consumption defences to ensure that we give client’s the best chance of avoiding drink driving convictions. It is this attention to detail that has allowed us to develop into the country’s leading, family-run motoring defence practice. What is the “hip flask” defence? If you...

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  • Aug30

    Drink Driving – Your First Court Hearing

    Conor Johnstone

    What will happen at your first court hearing? If you have been charged with drink driving, you may think that your only option is to plead guilty. Blowing over the limit does not mean that a guilty plea must be entered.   A common mistake made by those charged with a drink driving offence is…

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  • Aug24

    Drink Driving and Depression

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    Anxiety and depression affects nearly one if five UK adults1. Unfortunately, mental health and drink driving fall hand-in-hand. For many, alcohol is a form of medication, helping you feel better for a short period. If you have been charged with drink driving – and think that you might suffer from a mental illness – we…

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  • Jul30

    Your Insurance – Drink Driving

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    Drink Driving Conviction – How will it affect your insurance? A drink-related motoring conviction could drastically increase your insurance premiums. If you’ve not yet been convicted of the offence, it’s worth while considering the options open to you. The real question is not whether you can afford to challenge the allegation, but whether you can…

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  • Jul30

    Spent Convictions for Motoring Offences

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    How long do I need to declare my conviction? All convictions will eventually become spent, with the exception of prison sentences over 30 months. Once the conviction becomes spent, you will not need to disclose it to employers, insurers etc. An employer cannot refuse to employ someone (or dismiss someone) because he or she has…

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  • Jul4

    Drink Driving Defences – Avoiding a Conviction

    M.A.J. LAW

    Drink Driving Defences M.A.J. Law are a market leading motoring defence practice. Our team of specialist solicitors have spent years fine-tuning unique case strategies and complex defence frameworks on a case-by-case basis. We do not intend to spill our trade secrets on this page. If you would like to know which defences may apply to…

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  • Apr1

    Drink Driving Sentencing Guidelines

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    The Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines If you are convicted of a criminal offence in England or Wales, your sentence will depend on a number of factors, including the type, seriousness and circumstances of the crime. It is crucial that your defence solicitor knows the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines ‘inside-out’ in order to safeguard your position…

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13th May 2019 St Albans Magistrates' Court

I am very pleased with the result and would like to thank you, your team and my barrister for helping achieve this result, I’m still not quite sure how it all happened. I’ve still got my license and my life hasn’t been turned upside down, I can’t thank you enough for taking my case on and helping me and talking sense to me in to not taking the quick root and pleading guilty.

A very big thank you.

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8th May 2019 Derby Magistrates' Court

I received the phone call – my case had been dropped!

My court hearing was today and I received the best phone call – my case had been dropped. Apparently the judge agreed with my solicitors and refused to give the CPS a second chance.

I couldn’t have done this without the help and support of M.A.J Law. The judge also awarded me costs, meaning I get some money back to cover my legal fees. To think I came so close to just pleading guilty. I’m still in shock and disbelief.

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