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Case Study: Drink Driving Lawyers Secure Minimum Ban

Jess Sadler, paralegal at Forrest Williams solicitors

Jess Sadler, paralegal at Forrest Williams solicitors

 

Case Study: Drink Driving Lawyers Secure Minimum Ban

 

Rebecca came to Forrest Williams, specialist drink driving lawyers, just days after she had been involved in a car accident.

 

It was Rebecca’s first time in this sort of situation so she was understandably very upset, and really needed somebody just to listen to her and guide her through the whole process.

 

Rebecca had been out for the evening with her husband and some friends. Rebecca’s husband, Matt, does not drink due to an ongoing medical condition, so Rebecca had drank 2 glasses of wine, and Matt was intending to drive them both back home.

 

However, halfway through the night, Matt suddenly became very ill, and so Rebecca proceeded to drive Matt home so she could look after him in a safe environment.

 

Rebecca did not think about the fact that she was over the limit. She just wanted to get Matt home. The journey home was only ten minutes, so it seemed like a risk worth taking.

 

On the journey home Rebecca slowed down to around 25mph because she knew she was due to go around a sharp bend soon.

 

When she was halfway round this corner, she realised that there was a lorry coming from the opposite direction and the lorry had actually crossed over onto her side of the road.

 

Again Rebecca acted as anyone else would have, and swerved to avoid the lorry. However there was a car parked on double yellow lines on Rebecca’s side of the road, and Rebecca collided straight on with this car.

 

Rebecca could not remember much about the accident but there were several independent witnesses who had seen the accident who all said that it was the parked car that caused the major problem in the collision and that without it, Rebecca’s manoeuvre would have safely allowed her to avoid the lorry.

 

Rebecca sustained minor injuries from this accident. However this was not the thing on her mind.

 

Through police investigations it had been uncovered that the car was not insured, nor did it have a valid MOT.

 

Rebecca was charged with Drink Driving, Driving without Insurance, and Driving without valid MOT, as well as Driving without Due Care and Attention.

 

With these charges in mind, Rebecca was facing a 16 month disqualification, 9 penalty points and a fine.

 

Rebecca pleaded guilty to all of the charges.

 

Because Rebecca instructed us very early on we had plenty of time to prepare her mitigation so we could try and get her the most lenient sentence.

 

Rebecca had contact with the office every week and had support in gathering supporting documents that would help assist her case.

 

For the court hearing, Rebecca was represented by one of our premier London barristers, Craig Harris.

 

Craig phoned the office just minutes after the court hearing had finished to fill us in on the amazing result.

 

Rebecca was disqualified from driving for 12 months (the minimum possible for any drink driving conviction), reduced to 9 months if she completed the Drink Drive Rehabilitation Course and received a fine of £305.

 

It was an absolutely incredible result for Rebecca.

 

Because Rebecca took control and instructed us so early on, she was able to take full advantage of our care and support from the beginning to the end of her case.

 

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