Mrs Robins* was arrested by the police having been found unconscious behind the wheel of her vehicle, after colliding with a parked car. She provided a breath reading of 136mg, against the legal limit of 35mg.

The incident took place in a private car park and in this particular circumstance, we were able to show that this was not a public place for the purpose of the Road Traffic Act 1988, and therefore the offence of drink driving could not be proved. Mrs Robins was found NOT GUILTY of the charges.

In this case, we undertook research of the car park and referred this to the Court as a technical case law which helps to understand what is a public or private place.

The sentencing guidelines indicate that the starting point for this kind of reading is a custodial sentence and around a 3 year disqualification. Our client had a previous conviction for drink driving 4 years previously, so the sentence was likely to be much harsher and she was extremely relieved with the decision of the Court.

“If you are facing a drink driving charge it is crucial to consult a solicitor as soon as possible. Our solicitors have years of experience in representing and advising for drink driving related cases. Please contact us for advice and a no obligation consultation on how we can help with representing you.”

Anton Balkitis, Transport Solicitor
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*Names have been changed to protect the identity of our clients