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Drink Driving Charges

Drink driving charges remain on your record for four or 11 years, depending on the offence. This is a long time to have points on your licence.

If you are facing a drink driving charge, contact us at DFR Solicitors. We can help you get the best outcome possible. We have successfully defended 87% of all drink driving cases we have dealt with.

For a free initial enquiry, call us on 01484 599 888 or 020 8945 5212 or Make an Online Enquiry and we will contact you shortly.

DVLA endorsements

In the UK, there are different types of alcohol related offence. Each has its own DVLA endorsement code and carries a certain number of penalty points.

The code and the penalty points remain on your licence for a specified amount of time, depending on the offence you have been convicted of. This information is outlined in the table below.

 

DVLA endorsement code

 

 

Offence

 

 

Number of penalty points

 

Length endorsement remains on your driving record

 

 

DR10

 

 

Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit

 

 

3 to 11

 

11 years from the date of conviction

 

DR20

 

 

Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink

 

 

3 to 11

 

 

 

11 years from the date of conviction

 

 

DR30

 

 

Driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis

 

 

3 to 11

 

 

 

11 years from the date of conviction

 

 

DR40

 

 

In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit

 

 

10

 

 

4 years from the date of the offence

 

 

DR50

 

 

In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink

 

 

10

 

 

 

4 years from the date of the offence

 

 

 

DR60

 

 

Failure to provide specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive

 

10

 

 

 

4 years from the date of the offence

 

 

 

DR70

 

 

Failure to provide specimen for breath test

 

 

4

 

4 years from the date of the offence

 

You may be surprised by the number of different alcohol related driving offences. Lots of people do not realise that failing/refusing to provide a specimen without a reasonable excuse is actually against the law. Also, being in charge of a vehicle while intoxicated is not permitted. This means you cannot be in control of a vehicle while over the limit – even if you are just sat in the driver’s seat with the engine on.

For each offence, there is a valid legal defence that can be applied. We can explain which defence is most suitable in your case.

Driving bans

If you are convicted of drink driving, you may also be disqualified for a certain length of time. Once you have served your ban, you can have your driving licence restored. However, the points remain on your licence for the specified period.

This is something to be wary of, because any further endorsements could tip you over the 12 point limit. You will then receive an automatic disqualification. This is called a totting-up ban.

Drink driving solicitors

The consequences of a drink driving conviction are steep and can have a negative impact on your life during the years to come. That is why it is best to fight the charge. With our expertise, we can maximise your chances of success. This might mean securing a reduced sentence, or even obtaining a not guilty verdict.

Even where it looks like an open and shut case, we urge you to contact us for advice. We specialise in drink driving charges and can help you.

Make a free enquiry

For a free initial enquiry, please call us on 01484 599 888 or 020 8945 5212 or Make an Online Enquiry and we will contact you shortly.

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    NM
  • I had never been in court previously, and the prospect was terrifying. I was stopped for Drink Driving, and was looking at a significant disqualification. The result in the circumstances was unbelievable, the solicitor was excellent in presenting my case and explaining the extenuating circumstances. I was overjoyed with the final result.

    JL