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What will my drink driving sentence be?

If you have provided a blood, breath or urine sample for testing and have been charged with drink driving as a result, you may be wondering what the maximum penalty is. Penalties are mostly determined by your alcohol result. The Magistrate’s Courts use a set of sentencing guidelines when issuing penalties for drink driving offences. To learn more, please see our Guide to Drink Driving Sentencing Guidelines.

We’ve created a drink driving sentence calculator to allow you to work out your penalty. It’s important to remember that no matter how certain it may seem that you will be convicted, you should always consult a specialist solicitor about your case before entering a plea. You may be surprised to find that the police don’t have the necessary evidence to convict you.

Penalty Calculator

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Have you been convicted of drink driving within the last 10 years?

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What type of sample did you provide?

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What was the level reading for ?

Maximum & minimum penalties

There are different possible minimum and maximum penalties depending on the exact offence that you are charged with. The maximum and minimum penalties for drink driving related offences are listed below:

Offence Minimum sentence Maximum sentence
Being in charge of a vehicle while over the legal limit (including failing to provide when in charge) – 10 penalty points – 1 year driving ban
– 3 month prison sentence
– £2,500 fine
Failing to provide a specimen after driving or attempting to drive while over the legal limit – 1 year driving ban (can be reduced if Rehabilitation Course taken) – 3 year driving ban
– 6 month prison sentence
– £5000 fine
Driving or attempting to drive while over the legal limit – 1 year driving ban (can be reduced if Rehabilitation Course taken) – 3 year driving ban
– 6 month prison sentence
– £5000 fine

Aggravating & Mitigating Features

Remember, there are a also a number of other factors that can change the seriousness of the offence committed, and therefore influence the severity of the sentence received, such as:

  • The type of vehicle driven
  • The road or weather condition
  • The presence of vehicle passengers or pedestrians
  • Location – for instance proximity to a school
  • The distance driven
  • A genuine emergency situation
  • Previous convictions

Your drink driving penalty

If you think that you may be facing a drink driving ban, please call and speak to a member of our team. Many people assume that they’re guilty of drink driving because they’re over the limit. This is not correct. With the right defence behind you, there’s a good chance that you avoid a conviction completely. Our team would be pleased to discuss a unique defence strategy with you, completely free of charge.

Our team of specialist solicitors have won 87% of all drink driving cases that we’ve taken on – from breath, to blood, to urine.

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Disclaimer
Please be aware that this tool should be used for guidance only, and cannot guarantee the actual legal sentence you may receive in a court of law. M.A.J. Law hold no responsibility for the results this calculator may provide. You should always seek professional advice for legal charges and allegations.

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