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Caught Drink Driving

Or caught whilst drunk in charge of a vehicle?

Caddick Davies Solicitors is a leading law firm specialising in the representation of motorists charged with drink driving offences, including drink driving, being drunk in charge, failing to provide a specimen or being unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

As specialists in our field we are able to use our expertise to secure our clients the best possible outcome in their case, be this their acquittal (being found not guilty), the avoidance of disqualification (special reasons), the reduction of the length of disqualification from driving and in more serious cases the avoidance of a custodial sentence.

We have an outstanding record for defending motorists who feel that they have been wrongly accused of drink driving offences and when last calculated our success rate for defending motorists whose cases proceeded to trial was 93%*.

So if you have been caught drink driving, please contact us a for a free consultation.

For those who wish to gain greater insight into the drink driving offence for which they have been charged or simply wish to learn more about this field of law, you will find a list of common drink driving offences which appears to the right under “Offences“. You will also find a comprehensive list of the types of defence which may be argued in drink driving cases under the heading “Drink Driving Defences” and under the heading “Mitigation” you will find information on “special reasons” which the court may find not to impose disqualification and also mitigation which may be used to minimise any penalty, including the length of disqualification. Finally under the heading of “Drink Driving Information” you will find technical information on issues such as “back calculations”, alcohol elimination rates, information on evidential breath testing devices and even a link for you to calculate your expected breath alcohol reading in accordance with the amount of alcohol consumed.

We provide national coverage for all major cities across England and Wales

No matter where you are in England or Wales, we can provide you with specialist representation in your case. We are specialist drink driving solicitors covering London, Leeds, Birmingham, Carlisle, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Norwich and any other location in England and Wales.

Contact us for a free initial consultation

All calls or enquiries to us are free and without obligation. When you call we will ask you to provide details about your drink driving case and will then speak to you to identify any further issues which may be of relevance, including the importance of your licence to you. Once we have done this, we will provisionally advise you about the issues and will propose a strategy as to how to approach your case in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

Ask about our fees – we believe that fees should be fair and transparent

We believe in fee transparency and will discuss our fees with you during your initial telephone call or in response to your enquiry.

Most commonly, our fees are provided on a fixed fee basis, meaning that we agree a fee for all the work required in your case or for your hearing, including its preparation and your representation at court. You can then move forward with the confidence that there will be no hidden or unexpected charges at the conclusion of your case.

In more complex cases we may also carry out work at an agreed hourly rate, with an estimate of fees being provided at the outset.

It is also good to know that if we are successful in defending your case you will be entitled to a Defendant Costs Order, which entitles you to recover the costs of your legal representation (amount awarded subject to assessment).

Responsible Drinking and Driving

Caddick Davies Solicitors do not promote or condone drink driving, which we consider to be a serious offence which can impact heavily on others. We advise any motorist to avoid driving after you have consumed alcohol or if you are unsure as to whether you may be over the legal limit (35mg in breath) the following day after a night out. Please do not take the chance and drive responsibly!

* Percentage of trials won is calculated in accordance with all prosecutions for drink driving (driving whilst the proportion of alcohol in breath/blood/urine exceeded the prescribed limit) which proceeded to trial between 14th June and 18th December 2013.

Case Study

Mr Williams was prosecuted before Burnley Magistrates Court, charged with an alleged offence of driving whilst the proportion of alcohol in his breath exceeded the prescribed limit or more colloquially, “drink driving”.

He had been playing with his pool team and had acted as the nominated driver. With this in mind he instructed us that he had not drank save for one pint before leaving his local pub, a short distance from his home. As he arrived at this house he was pulled over by a police officer and was required to provide a roadside breath test. He failed this test and was arrested. Before taking him to the police station, the officer allowed him to go to the toilet to urinate.

At the police station he provided two specimens of breath, the lower of which was below 50 mg/100ml of breath and he was offered the “statutory option” of providing a second specimen for laboratory testing. He exercised his right to the statutory option and the Custody Sergeant determined that he should provide a specimen of urine.

The officer taking the specimen took one specimen of urine from him, determining that as he had been to the toilet at home, this would suffice.

On the basis of the above, we advised Mr Williams to plead not guilty and defended his case on the basis that the police had not complied with the statutory procedure requiring the provision of two specimens of urine, as only one had been provided at the police station.

Following legal submissions and the service of expert evidence in the case, the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued the prosecution and the case against him was dismissed. Mr Williams also benefited from a Defendant Costs Order and had the costs of his legal representation fully refunded to him.


Mr Williams, Banker, Burnley