Drink Driving Solicitors

If you have been stopped by the police on suspicion of drink driving, the expert solicitors at JMW can provide the legal assistance you need. It is important to first seek legal advice to ensure you are able to build a robust defence and to protect your rights. Our straightforward, no-nonsense approach is what sets us apart from the rest.

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.

Take our Drink Drive Penalty Calculator below to find out what the penalty could be for your motoring offence:

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
  • Q1. What type of test were you given?

    • Breath
    • Blood
    • Urine
  • Q2. What was your breath reading?

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

    Q2. What was your blood alcohol level?

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

    Q2. What was your urine alcohol level?

    • 108-183
    • 184-274
    • 275-366
    • 367-481
  • Q3. Have you had any conviction for drink drive related matters in the last 10 years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Q4. 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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Drink Drive Limits

In England and Wales, the legal alcohol limits for motorists are:

  • A maximum of 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath
  • A maximum of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100ml of blood
  • A maximum of 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100ml of urine


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 judgement 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 been previously 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?

JMW has an enviable success rate when it comes to defending drink drive matters. Our success is built on our strong desire to protect the interests of motorists and our refusal to accept defeat. We at JMW believe that every case is winnable.

Our solicitors have extensive knowledge of the intricacies of procedures followed by the police when dealing with drink drive cases. They also have extensive technical knowledge relating to the functioning of the various breath testing machines used by police and the analytical methodology used when analysing blood/urine specimens.

We also have an association with many leading experts in areas such as:

  • Forensic medicine
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Electronic engineering
  • Forensic toxicology

This in-depth knowledge allows us to advance highly technical defences that other law firms are unaware of.

Talk to Us

If you are undecided on how to proceed or require any further information or guidance, get in touch with our team of expert drink driving solicitors today. Simply call us on 0800 804 8159 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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