Drink Driving

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What is Drink Driving?

Driving over the legal driving limit in Scotland is illegal and can result in obligatory disqualification. The drink driving limit in Scotland is different from that of the rest of the UK, with a zero-tolerance policy towards drink driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol can be very hazardous and can pose a danger not only to you but to other road users. 

Why is it dangerous? 

Drink driving changes the way people act, it slows reaction times, makes people sleepy, and causes reckless behaviour. That means if driving under the influence of alcohol, you are likely to have slower reaction times to hazards and are more likely to cause accidents and risk other road users. 

Drink Driving limits in Scotland 

Drink driving limits differ from the rest of the UK; the drink driving limit in Scotland is a lot stricter than the rest of the UK, allowing only under 22 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol in 100 ml of breath, compared to the rest of the UK which allows 35 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath.


Driving any type of vehicle under the influence of alcohol is illegal and comes with an obligatory disqualification. Driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol comes with hefty penalties that are likely to have a detrimental impact on your day to day life. 

This comes with an obligatory driving disqualification of 12 months. Based on the severity of the drink driving offence, individuals may also face six months imprisonment and an unlimited fine. Depending on the severity of the offence, it can lead to more severe sentences; for example, causing death by drink driving can lead to 14 years of imprisonment. 

Drink driving charges are likely to have a significant strain on your licence, especially if you need to drive daily. 

Have you been charged with drink driving?

Drink driving comes with the harshest penalties; if you have been charged with it, we highly advise contacting one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland. We understand that being able to drive is particularly crucial to some, and not being able to drive can put an enormous strain on your life. Contact our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland to reduce your bans and charges to the best possible standard. 

With years of motoring experience, our solicitors will be able to identify any mitigating circumstances to help reduce drink driving charges to the best possible standard. We advise contacting our solicitors now if charged with drink driving.

Common Defences for Drink Driving

Because every case varies, there is not a set list of defences used to help lower your drink driving charges. Our solicitors will assess your case carefully, ensuring to find out as much as possible and identify factors that may help reduce your charges. 

A common defence used for drink driving charges is identifying whether the police carried out the correct mandatory procedure when you were caught drink driving. If you believe the police station procedure was carried out incorrectly, contact our experienced motoring offence solicitors now. 

Our solicitors will provide you with the best possible experience, ensuring that you know that your case is in the right hands. We will provide you with options and recommendations on the best route to take. We will ensure that you are updated throughout your case, ensuring you know where you always stand. Our solicitors also have good contacts with barristers across the UK and will ensure that you are represented by the best barrister.

To prove that you were driving over the legal limit; the police must carry out a procedure by obtaining blood, urine and breath specimens. This procedure must be carried out correctly and if mistakes are made, it can lead to incorrect results, which can be used to defend your charges. 

Have you been charged with a motoring offence?

If you have been charged with a motoring offence or just simply need advice, contact our friendly team now for a free consultation. Our solicitors have years of experience in motoring offences, and we will ensure you are well informed of your possible options and the best options for you to take. 

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