Driving a vehicle whilst over the legal limit for alcohol is a serious offence. In the UK, thousands of motorists are found guilty of drink driving related offences each year. The police and the courts like to ‘process’ drink driving prosecutions very quickly. This can lead to motorists feeling pressured into making hasty decisions, often without full knowledge of the options available.
Alcohol can stay in a person’s body for a number of hours after it is consumed, meaning it can still show on a breath, blood or urine test hours after drinking. Even after a good night’s sleep, you could still be over the limit the morning after drinking – even if you ‘feel’ completely sober. However, this does not make you guilty of drink driving. Most cases are won on technical or procedural points of law, most of which have nothing to do with breath readings.
Of course, it’s better to avoid getting charged with drink driving in the first place! We’ve developed the drink driving calculator, below. Simply enter the type and number of alcoholic drinks that you have consumed, and the calculator will suggest the amount of time that you should wait before operating a vehicle.
It’s impossible to safely convert units of alcohol into breath readings, due to the number of factors that can influence results. Your gender, your height, your weight, your lifestyle can all affect the rate at which your body eliminates alcohol. It is wrong to assume that someone of smaller physical proportions will eliminate alcohol slower than someone who is larger in size. Everyone is different.
If you’d like to discuss this further, you can speak to a member of our team completely free of charge.
The current drink driving alcohol limits for motorists in England and Wales are as follows:
If you are found to exceed the legal limit whilst operating or being in charge of a vehicle, then you could be charged and convicted of a drink driving offence. If you are accused of drink driving, then the knowledge and expertise of a specialist solicitor could help to reduce your sentence or avoid a penalty completely.
Our specialist team of drink driving solicitors have got the knowledge, experience and expertise to help with your drink driving case. We can advise what is likely to happen in court, and what your best options may be.
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The above blood alcohol calculator should be used as a guideline only, and not as an exact measure of blood alcohol levels or sobriety. M.A.J. Law do not hold any responsibility for the results provided by this tool. You should always seek professional legal advice if faced with a drink driving charge. If in doubt as to whether or not you are fit to drive a vehicle, it is better to be safe than to take risks.
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