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Drunk in Charge of a Vehicle
If you have been accused of being drunk in charge of a vehicle, you need legal advice from a team of specialist motoring solicitors who can help you build a robust defence in order to help reduce the penalty you receive from the court.
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Being drunk in charge of a vehicle is different to drink driving. To be convicted of being drunk in charge of a vehicle, the prosecution must prove that the amount of alcohol in your blood was above the legal limit and also that you were in charge of a vehicle in a public place.
Key considerations when deciding whether you were ‘in charge’ of the vehicle are:
- You being in the car
- Where the keys were
- What you were doing
- Whether there was any intention of you driving the car
The possible punishments for being drunk in charge of a vehicle are slightly different to those for drink driving in that, on conviction, the defendant is not automatically given a 12-month disqualification from driving. Instead, they could face a fine plus:
- Ten penalty points
- Disqualification from driving
- A possible community order
If you decide to defend the allegation, you would need to satisfy the court that you had no intention of taking control of the vehicle.
The experts here at JMW can take the stress out of facing a prosecution for being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle by backing you with their significant knowledge of motoring law and years of experience helping drivers to stay on the road.
By seeking our help, you will receive legal advice and representation from a team of solicitors who have forged a reputation for refusing to accept defeat and successfully helping clients defend charges of this kind time and time again.
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