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City of London Magistrates Drink Driving Solicitor. Defence to failing to provide.

Drink Driving Solicitors, like all solicitors are ultimately judged on results.

We highlight the more interesting of our cases to show what we do for our clients.

This week we dealt with a few cases of failing to provide a sample. We were in the City of London Magistrates defending a motorist who had been accused of not giving a breath sample.

She admitted she had not given a sample but argued that the police had no right to ask for a sample. The police arrived at our clients private car park, they had to be let in by another resident because it was private and the gate was locked. We showed the court the area where the police asked for a sample and the court were satisfied that it was private.

We argued that our client could not have committed an offence of drink driving or drunk in charge because she was on private property and therefore when the police asked for a breath sample they could not have reasonably suspected she was guilty of an offence and there had no right to request the sample.

The district Judge agreed, the case was thrown out with an order that our clients legal costs be repaid to her.

Failing to Provide a Sample, a Rare Defeat

I write a lot about my victories but rarely about losses. Partly because I don’t lose very often. This is a combination of being experienced and expert in my area but also I don’t run cases unless I think we have a chance of winning, I am always honest with the clients about their chances of success.

This week I did lose and even after 20 years I still hate losing, so much that it has taken me a while to write this blog. I needed to get some of the anger out of my system first.

My client was stopped for drink driving, he was not able to provide a road side test and was taken to the police station. We watched the video in court. The police officers gave the usual wrong legal advice ‘tell the court you will lose your job and you will get off with points and no ban!!’ This time however we had some unique incorrect legal advice from the oficer.

When my client explained that he was having trouble blowing into the machine because he was dehydrated he was told that it was against the law for the Police officer to give him a drink of water!!! WRONG AGAIN!

My client managed to provide one sample which was below the limit but could not give another sample. When asked why he couldn’t provide he said he was dehydrated but did not mention that he has a medical condition that causes dehydration.

The High Court stated that the CPS should not pursue cases in these circumstances, where the sample is below the limit. My client could not be guilty of drink driving but was charged with failing to provide. The police and the CPS both ignored the guidance from the High Court and charged my client; a family man with no previous convictions.

Worse still the court found him guilty, he was banned for 12 months for failing to provide a sample even though it was proved he was below the limit.

Is that really fair? Is that really a correct decision? I will not go into detail about my views on this suffice to say we appealed immediately.

Motoring Solicitor at Derby Magistrates

My client was charged with drink driving. He claimed that his drink had been spiked.

He had been out with his wife and friends and they carried on drinking back at the house. He decided that he had had enough alcohol and asked for non alcoholic lager. Unknown to him she gave him alcoholic lager.

Later in the evening after his wife had gone to bed he decided to pop out to the late night shop and was stopped by the police.

He was surprised when he failed the breath test.

After contacting us we advised him that he could argue that there were special reasons not to disqualify him. We prepared his case including taking a statement from his wife.

When the case came to court we managed to convince the court not to disqualify him and he kept his licence.

This case could have had awful consequences for him, he would have lost his job and house. Thankfully all of that was avoided because he contacted us in time to be able to help him.

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