It is a criminal offence to be drunk in charge of a motor vehicle. The Crown must prove that you were in charge of a motor vehicle in a public place whilst being over the legal alcohol limit.
The penalty for a Drunk in Charge offence is a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 penalty points and a disqualification of up to 3 months at the discretion of the court. Prison is likely in cases where bad behaviour has been involved or in a case of a very high alcohol reading such as that of over 100 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. If you have been caught drunk in charge of a vehicle and need advice our solicitors are here to help you – 0800 046 3066
The court will take in to account the following issues when determining if you were in charge of the vehicle:
• Where the keys were
• Where you were sitting
• What you were doing
• Whether you were found to be asleep at the wheel of the car with the key in the ignition
• Whether there was any evidence of you wanting to take control of the vehicle
Every case is decided on its own facts making it crucial to seek expert advice to help you prepare your case.
If you have been caught drunk in charge our specialist drink driving offence solicitors will review all evidence and advise you on your case, call us on 0800 046 3066
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