Drink-driving is a serious road traffic law offence with severe punishments. If you are caught drink-driving you could be facing at least a driving ban and possibly a large fine or even a term in prison. There are several different offences covering alcohol and the use of vehicles, and the penalties can vary depending upon the severity of the offence and the circumstances in which it was committed.
Have you been pulled over for drink-driving in Glasgow? Read on to find out what could happen to you.
The Road Traffic Law Offences Involving Alcohol and Motor Vehicles
If you are pulled over by the police and found to be over the legal alcohol limit you will be charged with drink-driving. There is also a different offence known as ‘drunk in charge’, which police can use to charge you if they find you intoxicated in your vehicle but not driving.
You can also be found to be ‘drunk in charge’ if you are supervising a provisional licence holder while over the legal alcohol limit. A ‘drunk in charge’ conviction is easier for road traffic lawyers in Glasgow to overturn because it is harder for the police to prove that you intended to drive your vehicle.
A further charge, ‘driving while unfit’ covers the operation of a vehicle while you are impaired by drink or drugs (which can include prescription medication that can make you drowsy).
If you are stopped by police for a drink-driving offence you will be required by law to give a specimen of breath, blood, or urine for analysis. Failure to do so is a criminal offence under road traffic law.
Road Traffic Law – The Penalties For Drink-Driving
If you’re found guilty drink-driving you will be automatically disqualified from driving for at least 12 months. You could also find yourself hit by a large fine, the size of which will depend upon the severity of your crime and other circumstances. In the event of a serious offence, you could have to serve a period of community service, or even a prison sentence of up to 6 months.
I have been charged with drink-driving. What do I do?
It is important that you contact road traffic lawyers in Glasgow immediately. We offer a free consultation so that we can understand the circumstances of your case and advise you on the best course of action.
There are many strict procedures that need to be followed by the police when handling drink-driving cases, such as the way in which they take samples, and often these procedures have not been correctly followed. Many drink-driving cases are overturned due to insufficient evidence or incorrect procedures.
To increase your chances of avoiding a drink-driving conviction, get in touch with us today.