This section aims to help you understand the scope of the law connected to drink driving. It looks at where offences can take place, issues to do with alcohol levels, and some defences that may be used in drink related driving offences.
For the vast majority of people charged with drink-drive offences, the best advice is to plead guilty, avoid costly legal fees, and allow the inevitable disqualification period to start as soon as possible, so that it is over as soon as possible.
The popular belief that there are numerous loopholes in drink-driving law that can be exploited by a clever lawyer is no longer true, as new laws have been brought in which, for example, mean that many minor procedural mistakes made by the police, which in the past may have led to an acquittal, are now overlooked.
There are basically five drink-driving offences:
- Driving or attempting to drive with excess alcohol
- Being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol
- Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink or drugs
- Being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs
- Failing to give a specimen (of breath, blood or urine), either on the roadside (a lesser offence) or at the police station