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Being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol

The offence of being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol

Being in charge of a motor vehicle with excess alcohol is a serious offence. This offence is committed if you are in control of a vehicle or intend to be in control of a vehicle whilst over the legal alcohol limit. The legal limit is 35mg per 100ml of breath, 80mg per 100ml of blood or 107mg per 100ml of urine.

It is not necessary for the prosecution to prove that you were driving the vehicle. If you were found sat in a vehicle with possession of the keys then that may be enough to prove that you were in charge of that vehicle.

Sentencing for being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol

Due to the seriousness of this offence it can only be dealt with in the Magistrates Court. You could receive a custodial sentence of up to six months and/or a fine of up to £5,000. You are also likely to receive penalty points or be disqualified from driving for up to twelve months.

Available defences

There are a number of defences potentially available to you for the offence of being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol. Examples include:

  • There was no likelihood of you driving whilst the proportion of alcohol in your breath/blood/urine, exceeded the legal limit
  • You were not driving on a road or public place
  • There were issues of reliability in relation to the breath testing equipment
  • There were issues of reliability in relation to the specimen testing

At Ullah Law Associates we are able to advise whether any of the defences are relevant to the facts of your case.

What can Ullah Law Associates do for you?

At Ullah Law Associates our team of extensively experienced solicitors understand the serious nature of this offence and that up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000 can have a huge impact on your life. We will endeavour to do all we can to secure the best possible result for you.

The team at Ullah Law Associates is able to help you at every stage of the way from initial enquiries and police interview right through to representation at the Magistrates Court if necessary.

What to do next

Contact our road traffic solicitors for advice

If you want the best possible road traffic advice, call our road traffic solicitors on 0208 830 4800. If you are calling out of normal office hours, phone our 24 hour emergency number 07903 734451. Alternatively Fill out the online inquiry form and a member of the team will contact you for a confidential discussion.

Being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol

The offence of being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol

Being in charge of a motor vehicle with excess alcohol is a serious offence. This offence is committed if you are in control of a vehicle or intend to be in control of a vehicle whilst over the legal alcohol limit. The legal limit is 35mg per 100ml of breath, 80mg per 100ml of blood or 107mg per 100ml of urine.

It is not necessary for the prosecution to prove that you were driving the vehicle. If you were found sat in a vehicle with possession of the keys then that may be enough to prove that you were in charge of that vehicle.

Sentencing for being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol

Due to the seriousness of this offence it can only be dealt with in the Magistrates Court. You could receive a custodial sentence of up to six months and/or a fine of up to £5,000. You are also likely to receive penalty points or be disqualified from driving for up to twelve months.

Available defences

There are a number of defences potentially available to you for the offence of being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol. Examples include:

  • There was no likelihood of you driving whilst the proportion of alcohol in your breath/blood/urine, exceeded the legal limit
  • You were not driving on a road or public place
  • There were issues of reliability in relation to the breath testing equipment
  • There were issues of reliability in relation to the specimen testing

At Ullah Law Associates we are able to advise whether any of the defences are relevant to the facts of your case.

What can Ullah Law Associates do for you?

At Ullah Law Associates our team of extensively experienced solicitors understand the serious nature of this offence and that up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000 can have a huge impact on your life. We will endeavour to do all we can to secure the best possible result for you.

The team at Ullah Law Associates is able to help you at every stage of the way from initial enquiries and police interview right through to representation at the Magistrates Court if necessary.

What to do next

Contact our road traffic solicitors for advice

If you want the best possible road traffic advice, call our road traffic solicitors on 0208 830 4800. If you are calling out of normal office hours, phone our 24 hour emergency number 07903 734451. Alternatively Fill out the online inquiry form and a member of the team will contact you for a confidential discussion.
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