Drink Driving Ban Calculator

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, then you may be wondering what the maximum penalty that you can face may be. While it may seem difficult to be absolutely certain of the outcome of any drink driving case, as each situation will inevitably have its differences, it is possible to predict drink driving penalties within a certain level of accuracy. This is because the Magistrate’s Court uses a set of sentencing guidelines when issuing penalties for drink driving offences. To learn more, please see our Guide to Drink Driving Sentencing Guidelines.

In order to help you predict your potential penalty, we’ve created a drink driving sentence calculator, below, for your use. 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.

Penalty Calculator

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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

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.

Your drink driving penalty

If you think that you may be facing a drink driving ban, you should consider enlisting the help of a motoring defence specialist before simply ‘accepting’ that you will be found guilty. In fact, many people often resign to their fate after being charged with a drink driving offence, but the truth is that, with the right defence behind you, there’s a good chance that you could reduce your sentence or fine, or even have your case thrown out of court completely.

Here at M.A.J. Law, our team of specialist solicitors have won an astounding 92% of all drink driving cases that we’ve taken on – from breath, to blood, to urine. Initial advice from us over the phone is free, so why not get in touch about your case today?

M.A.J. Law is a market leading drink driving defence firm.
Our team of specialist solicitors have years of experience in representing clients throughout courts in England and Wales.

We are able to explain in straightforward terms what is likely to happen in your case. Call us on

0151 422 8020


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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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