Drink Driving Penalty Calculator

If you have been accused of drink driving, the drink driving penalty calculator from JMW can provide you with a better idea of the penalty you are likely to face, based on the individual circumstances of your case. The calculator provides guidance only, however, and our specialist motoring solicitors will be able to discuss your case to find out if any legal defences are available and to explain to you the ramifications of being found guilty.

Speak to our team today by either calling us on 0800 804 8159 or completing our online enquiry form, which will enable us to give you a call back at a convenient time.

Drink Driving Penalty Calculator

Answer the 4 questions below to get an idea of what the penalty for your motoring offence could be.

  • Type
  • Reading
  • Convictions
  • Circumstances
  • What type of test were you given?

    • Breath
    • Blood
    • Urine
  • What was your breath reading?

    • 36-59
    • 60-89
    • 90-119
    • 120-150

    What was your blood alcohol level?

    • 81-137
    • 138-206
    • 207-275
    • 276-345

    What was your urine alcohol level?

    • 108-183
    • 184-274
    • 275-366
    • 367-481
  • Have you had any conviction for drink drive related matters in the last 10 years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Were you stopped by the police due to the manner of your driving or after being involved in an accident?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Result

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About Drink Driving Penalties

Drink driving penalties can be extremely severe. This is because drink driving is viewed by the courts as one of the most serious motoring offences due to alcohol's known effect on the judgment and abilities of a driver, and the potential for an incident to cause serious harm to a driver or other members of the public.

Penalties can vary considerably depending on the circumstances of the case. While many cases can be successfully defended, this is not always the case and in some instances focus should be placed on ensuring any sentence is kept to a minimum. The motoring team at JMW is hugely experienced in presenting mitigation to the court and we are best placed to make sure your penalty is no harsher than it needs to be. 

Punishments for Drink Driving

Following a conviction for drink driving, the court must impose a disqualification from driving for a minimum period of 12 months. This is mandatory unless a special reason exists. The court will also issue a fine of up to £5,000.

Depending on the circumstances, the court could also impose the following penalties:

  • Up to six months in prison
  • A community order
  • Disqualification from driving for a minimum of 36 months if you have previously been convicted of the offence in the last ten years
  • An extended retest

If a second offence is committed within ten years, the minimum disqualification of one year is increased to three years, while there may also be a greater chance of custody or a community order, depending on the circumstances. Should more than two offences be committed in this ten-year period, a prison sentence will often be considered. 

Use the calculator above to find out the penalty you could be facing. Then, get in touch with the specialist solicitors at JMW so that we can help to minimise your inconvenience. We can provide more information about drink driving penalties and explain the potential defences you could mount in order to reduce the likelihood of being handed a severe punishment.

Why Choose JMW?

The motoring solicitors are highly experienced in helping with even the most complex of drink driving claims, helping clients to build robust defences and making sure their rights are properly protected throughout.

We are known for our no-nonsense, straightforward approach, which helps us get the best results for our clients in the most efficient way possible. We understand that it can be daunting to face a motoring prosecution, which is why we place such emphasis on helping you through this difficult time, providing a service tailored to your specific needs.

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Find out more about how our expert team can help with your drink driving defence by getting in touch today. Simply call us on 0800 804 8159 or allow us to contact you by leaving your details via our online contact form

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