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Drink Driving Solicitors

We have years of experience of successfully defending Drink Driving Cases.

For free initial advice call 0800 999 5535

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Success Rate* From Jan 2018

From 2018 we reduced 98% of our clients potential sentence based on sentencing guidelines used by the Court

SPECIALIST DRINK DRIVE SOLICITORS

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From Our Clients

 

“If I am honest, without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome”

I engaged Millars for an up and coming case.

Paul, Carl and Keith are a great team – they were very honest and forthright on the expectations and outcomes that I should accept and basically put me in the correct frame of mind what to expect.

Paul was great on communication and the reality of my situation and Keith Jon…

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JPC

Consultant
Oct 7, 2019

“If I am honest, without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome”

I engaged Millars for an up and coming case.

Paul, Carl and Keith are a great team – they were very honest and forthright on the expectations and outcomes that I should accept and basically put me in the correct frame of mind what to expect.

Paul was great on communication and the reality of my situation and Keith Jones on the day – apart from being a very personable lawyer – did not let the court take any liberties in what they could and could not do.

Calls in to Millars were responded to quickly and if I am honest without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome.

As I was told ‘A person that goes into court and represents himself has a fool of a client’ and that is why I would always and highly recommend Paul, Carl and Keith to anyone that finds themselves in a similar situation. I can’t thank them enough.

JPC

JPC

Consultant
Oct 7, 2019

“Absoulte best outcome I could have hoped for”

The initial conversation I had with Carl really calmed my fears. He explained how these cases work and the potential outcomes. He was very attentive and understanding. I really had little expectation going into this as I had spoken with another solicitor and they were very negative.

I found Carl to be p…

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MH

Project Manager
Oct 7, 2019

“Absoulte best outcome I could have hoped for”

The initial conversation I had with Carl really calmed my fears. He explained how these cases work and the potential outcomes. He was very attentive and understanding. I really had little expectation going into this as I had spoken with another solicitor and they were very negative.

I found Carl to be positive and put a positive spin on this silly situation I had gotten myself into. They handled my case professionally and with care. If anyone I knew ever got into this situation, I would recommend Millars Solicitors. The result I got was the absolute best outcome I could have hoped for.

MH

Project Manager
Oct 7, 2019

“Would highly recommend him to anyone in a similar situation”

A few weeks ago I made the stupid decision to move and drive my car under the influence of alcohol. Not knowing what to do, I was passed on the number for Carl of Millars Solicitors. The friend (of which I greatly valued his opinion) had actually never met Carl, yet knew he was the best man for the job.

So I left Carl a message a…

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ANON

Semi professional footballer
Lees Magistrate Court
Sep 26, 2019

“Would highly recommend him to anyone in a similar situation”

A few weeks ago I made the stupid decision to move and drive my car under the influence of alcohol. Not knowing what to do, I was passed on the number for Carl of Millars Solicitors. The friend (of which I greatly valued his opinion) had actually never met Carl, yet knew he was the best man for the job.

So I left Carl a message and he called me up very promptly for a quick chat, where he outlined a bit of his background and what I could face in terms of punishment from the courts.

I decided to use Carl and met at a location quite convenient for me. He told me the maximum punishment I could receive was a 3 year ban and a lengthy community Order. But he said he will try his utmost to reduce them. But advised caution, what with such a high reeding.

Carl then outlined a plan that would the best approach and specific for my circumstances. Before court he told me the Lees magistrate may not let him speak or argue anything at all. Luckily for me, Carl’s respect in his field, granted that time to speak.

I left the court with a 2 year driving ban and a fine and I was also offered an awareness course which will reduce my ban to 18months.
Carl was very professional and I was extremely pleased with his efforts and the end result. Would highly recommend him to anyone in a similar situation.

ANON

Semi professional footballer
Lees Magistrate Court
Sep 26, 2019

“helped me get lowest ban thank you”

Got least sentence very happy only down fall was communication didn’t hear anything about what was happening on the day of court until I called evening before other than that helped me get lowest ban thank you

Anon

Fire alarm engineer
Jul 23, 2019

“helped me get lowest ban thank you”

Got least sentence very happy only down fall was communication didn’t hear anything about what was happening on the day of court until I called evening before other than that helped me get lowest ban thank you

Anon

Fire alarm engineer
Jul 23, 2019

“It genuinely was a difference between life as I know it and life crumbling before my eyes. Thank you guys”

I contacted Paul Turner who was completely honest and frank with me from the beginning. The solicitor I was provided with on the day was excellent. She spent the whole day with me and truly did her research to ensure I got the best possible result. I would strongly recommend anyone to use them in any dr…

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PJM

ADMIN
Jun 15, 2019

“It genuinely was a difference between life as I know it and life crumbling before my eyes. Thank you guys”

I contacted Paul Turner who was completely honest and frank with me from the beginning. The solicitor I was provided with on the day was excellent. She spent the whole day with me and truly did her research to ensure I got the best possible result. I would strongly recommend anyone to use them in any driving circumstances, and if you think you can’t afford it, I would advise that you try your hardest. Considering the service they provided I believe I got a discount even though I paid their standard price. Truly worth it. It genuinely was a difference between life as I know it and life crumbling before my eyes. Thank you guys.

PJM

ADMIN
Jun 15, 2019

“Very reassuring from the first contact and non-judgemental”

I am full of praise for the way in which Carl handled my case. He was very reassuring from the first contact and non-judgemental. I was told what to expect in court,helped with my mitigation statement and appointed a wonderful barrister. Bernice Campbell met me at court,arranged for my case to be heard …

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HW

Jun 8, 2019

“Very reassuring from the first contact and non-judgemental”

I am full of praise for the way in which Carl handled my case. He was very reassuring from the first contact and non-judgemental. I was told what to expect in court,helped with my mitigation statement and appointed a wonderful barrister. Bernice Campbell met me at court,arranged for my case to be heard first and even gave me a lift home. This is I am sure above and beyond her “brief”. I would not hesitate to recommend Carl Millar solicitors to anyone who finds themselves in my position.

HW

Jun 8, 2019

“Surprised at the leniency given on my sentence.. brilliant”

Absolute brilliant,kept me well informed on day of court appearance was met my barrister who explained everything was understanding and reassuring. In court I was defended well and surprised at the leniency given on my sentence.. brilliant.
Thanks to you all.. would definitley recommend.

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Dave

Driver
Apr 4, 2019

“Surprised at the leniency given on my sentence.. brilliant”

Absolute brilliant,kept me well informed on day of court appearance was met my barrister who explained everything was understanding and reassuring. In court I was defended well and surprised at the leniency given on my sentence.. brilliant.
Thanks to you all.. would definitley recommend.

Dave

Driver
Apr 4, 2019

“The initial advice was crucial in deciding how to prepare for my court case”

The initial advice was crucial in deciding how to prepare for my court case, all the possible sentences and how best to go about preparing for my case were explained to me. It gave me peace of mind knowing that they had dealt with this scenario many times before. The main consequences of my offence were…

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Mr E

Engineering Apprentice
Mar 19, 2019

“The initial advice was crucial in deciding how to prepare for my court case”

The initial advice was crucial in deciding how to prepare for my court case, all the possible sentences and how best to go about preparing for my case were explained to me. It gave me peace of mind knowing that they had dealt with this scenario many times before. The main consequences of my offence were a disqualification, fine and possible retest, all of which were made clear in my initial phone calls. I would highly recommend Keep My Driving Licence part of Millars Solicitors.

Mr E

Engineering Apprentice
Mar 19, 2019

“Best possible outcome”

I was very satisfied with the initial advice received. All the options and court procedure was explained to me in great detail. Communication was excellent throughout, and for me it was the best possible outcome. I would definitely recommend Millars Solicitor to family or friends. Thank you very much.

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W Knight

HV Technician
Mar 16, 2019

“Best possible outcome”

I was very satisfied with the initial advice received. All the options and court procedure was explained to me in great detail. Communication was excellent throughout, and for me it was the best possible outcome. I would definitely recommend Millars Solicitor to family or friends. Thank you very much.

W Knight

HV Technician
Mar 16, 2019

“Fantastic result and professional through and through”

Fantastic result and professional through and through
Thanks Carl and his team

ANON

Jan 7, 2019

“Fantastic result and professional through and through”

Fantastic result and professional through and through
Thanks Carl and his team

ANON

Jan 7, 2019

Our specialist team of drink drive solicitors have years of experience defending drink driving cases.  Call our team today for free initial advice on 0800 999 5535 or submit your case and we will call you back.

It’s easy to take for granted the freedom a driving licence affords you, until you face having it taken away.   It can be a daunting prospect having to face a criminal court, often for the first time.

We specialise in drink driving, drug driving and failing to provide and our expert in depth knowledge can help defend you against a disqualification or prison sentence.

We can help defend you in six ways:

  • Police Station Procedure
  • Reliability of the breath test reading
  • Procedural errors
  • Blood and Urine defence
  • Factual Defence
  • Special Reasons

Ask Carl

Have you got a question on motoring law you want the answer to?  Carl and our specialist team are here to answer your questions.

Drink Driving Calculator

Try our interactive drink driving calculator to get an estimate of the type of sentence you can expect.

Defending drink driving case

If this is your first offence, and you are planning on pleading guilty, the Magistrates Court will refer to the sentencing guidelines before passing out any penalty.

Level of alcohol  SentenceRangeDisqualification
Breath (μg)Blood (ml)Urine (ml)
36 - 5981 - 137108 - 183Band C fineBand B find to band C fine12 - 16 months
60 - 89138 - 206184 - 274Band C fineBand C fine to low level community order17 - 22 months
90 - 119207 - 275275 - 366Medium level community orderLow level community order to high level community order23 - 28 months
120 - 150 and above276 - 345 and above367 - 459 and above12 weeks custodyHigh level community order to 26 weeks custody29 - 36 months (extended if imposing immediate custody

If, however, you have received a relevant conviction within the past 10 years you could be facing a ban from 3 to 5 years and in more serious cases a custodial sentence.  To give you a clearer idea of the penalty you face please use our online drink driving calculator.

FAQs

Should I drive to Court?

This depends on your plea: Yes, if you are pleading not guiltyNo, if you are to be sentenced for an offence that carries a mandatory disqualification.

Our advice is that anyone who faces the possibility of a period of disqualification, no matter how small, should not drive to Court.

 

The Police Officer said that if I instruct a Solicitor I can avoid a disqualification, is this true?

This can be true in a lot of cases, however, if it is your intention to plead guilty to an offence that carries a mandatory period of disqualification, then the Magistrates have no discretion not to impose a period of disqualification.

 

I really need my car for my job, will the Court let me keep my licence?

If you are facing a disqualification for accumulating 12 penalty points or more (‘totting up’) or facing a sentence that carries a discretionary disqualification, then it is possible to persuade the Magistrates not to disqualify you. However, if you are to be sentenced for an offence that carries a mandatory disqualification, like driving with excess alcohol for example, then these types of offences carry a mandatory disqualification and the Magistrates have no discretion. In those circumstances you will only avoid a ban if your case is successfully defended after a not guilty plea.

 

Do you cover cases on Legal Aid?

No. All our cases are on a private paying fixed fee basis. We will tell you what your exact fees will be before you engage us. We cover Courts throughout England and Wales. Only general Criminal Defence Solicitors (not road traffic specialists) based in an area close to where your Court case is, will have a Legal Aid Contract. You may not be eligible for Legal Aid in any event. The two tests for whether you are eligible for Legal Aid are

  1. Whether you are financially eligible
  2. Whether it is in the interest of Justice for you to receive Legal Aid for the offence that you are due to appear before the Court for. For almost all road traffic matters you will not be eligible for Legal Aid as for a lot of cases the Sentence is a financial penalty and either penalty points or a disqualification.
Will I have to say anything in Court?

Once we are instructed by you, we will advise you of the precise Court procedure. If you are pleading guilty to an offence, then you will only have to confirm your name and enter your plea. We will present the mitigation on your behalf.

If you are pleading not guilty, you may have to give evidence at your Trial, but you will be guided by Millars Solicitors.

 

What are my chances, can you give me a percentage?

We would not give a client their chance of success in a percentage. We would not give a client their chance of success in a percentage, as this is not realistic. We provide all clients with a comprehensive assessment of their case and we are instructed on the basis that the client has been advised of their chances of success.

 

Will the Police or witnesses be in Court?

If you are pleading guilty or if it is your first hearing and you are pleaded not guilty then the witnesses will not be in Court.

If your matter is listed for a Trial, then the witnesses will be in Court as the Court will want to hear what the witnesses have to say.

 

You do not have to plead guilty even if you have provided a positive sample.  See below how we can defend you:

Types of Defence

Police Station Procedure

The law around the procedure following an arrest for drink driving is extremely complex and technical, which can sometimes lead to errors being made by the arresting officer.  Not following the correct procedure can result in a not-guilty verdict.  This could cover areas such as confusion after a crash, the validity of the equipment used to take the specimen, or the wording used by the police officers at the police station.

Some procedural errors are so significant that they can lead to the case being dropped before even getting to Court.  We have the specialist knowledge to spot the smallest of mistakes in police procedure.

Reliability of the breath reading

We work with some of the UK’s leading evidence experts to help us identify if the validity of your reading is correct.  We will work together to identify if the amount of alcohol you consumed is consistent with the reading that was given.  If we can raise doubt about the reliability of the test results then that can lead to the evidence being dismissed.

 

More From Our Clients

 

“Couldn’t ask for a better result”

Couldn’t ask for a better result – and in the hands of Millars Solicitors!

Endris

London
Nov 28, 2019

“Couldn’t ask for a better result”

Couldn’t ask for a better result – and in the hands of Millars Solicitors!

Endris

London
Nov 28, 2019

“Best advice and always available when I had questions”

Following a summons for using my mobile phone whilst driving which put me in the totting up process, I contacted Millars Solicitors for advice and representation. Paul Turner was great throughout the whole process, giving me the best advice and always available when I had questions. Paul prepared my cas…

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Will

Corporate Account Manager
South Wales
Nov 28, 2019

“Best advice and always available when I had questions”

Following a summons for using my mobile phone whilst driving which put me in the totting up process, I contacted Millars Solicitors for advice and representation. Paul Turner was great throughout the whole process, giving me the best advice and always available when I had questions. Paul prepared my case very well which allowed me to keep my licence and continue with my day to day life.

Will

Corporate Account Manager
South Wales
Nov 28, 2019

“I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help.”

Without the service, advice and professionalism of Carl at Millars solicitors, I’d now be dealing with the consequences of a 6 month driving ban.
I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help. Thank you!

Rob

Builder/joiner
Manchester
Nov 1, 2019

“I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help.”

Without the service, advice and professionalism of Carl at Millars solicitors, I’d now be dealing with the consequences of a 6 month driving ban.
I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help. Thank you!

Rob

Builder/joiner
Manchester
Nov 1, 2019

“I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence”

Helped me feel more confident about my case and communicated really well – I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence. A good service all round!

CB

Manager
Oct 22, 2019

“I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence”

Helped me feel more confident about my case and communicated really well – I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence. A good service all round!

CB

Manager
Oct 22, 2019

“I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today”

Despite the risk of totting up 12 points I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today. Thanks to Millars Solicitors for very prompt and effective legal support. I highly recommend them.

ANON

Water Engineer
Oct 16, 2019

“I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today”

Despite the risk of totting up 12 points I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today. Thanks to Millars Solicitors for very prompt and effective legal support. I highly recommend them.

ANON

Water Engineer
Oct 16, 2019

“Absoulte best outcome I could have hoped for”

The initial conversation I had with Carl really calmed my fears. He explained how these cases work and the potential outcomes. He was very attentive and understanding. I really had little expectation going into this as I had spoken with another solicitor and they were very negative.

I found Carl to be p…

Read More

MH

Project Manager
Oct 7, 2019

“Absoulte best outcome I could have hoped for”

The initial conversation I had with Carl really calmed my fears. He explained how these cases work and the potential outcomes. He was very attentive and understanding. I really had little expectation going into this as I had spoken with another solicitor and they were very negative.

I found Carl to be positive and put a positive spin on this silly situation I had gotten myself into. They handled my case professionally and with care. If anyone I knew ever got into this situation, I would recommend Millars Solicitors. The result I got was the absolute best outcome I could have hoped for.

MH

Project Manager
Oct 7, 2019

“If I am honest, without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome”

I engaged Millars for an up and coming case.

Paul, Carl and Keith are a great team – they were very honest and forthright on the expectations and outcomes that I should accept and basically put me in the correct frame of mind what to expect.

Paul was great on communication and the reality of my situation and Keith Jon…

Read More

JPC

Consultant
Oct 7, 2019

“If I am honest, without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome”

I engaged Millars for an up and coming case.

Paul, Carl and Keith are a great team – they were very honest and forthright on the expectations and outcomes that I should accept and basically put me in the correct frame of mind what to expect.

Paul was great on communication and the reality of my situation and Keith Jones on the day – apart from being a very personable lawyer – did not let the court take any liberties in what they could and could not do.

Calls in to Millars were responded to quickly and if I am honest without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome.

As I was told ‘A person that goes into court and represents himself has a fool of a client’ and that is why I would always and highly recommend Paul, Carl and Keith to anyone that finds themselves in a similar situation. I can’t thank them enough.

JPC

JPC

Consultant
Oct 7, 2019

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About Keep my Driving Licence

Keep my Driving Licence is part of Millars Solicitors who are a specialist firm of road traffic and drink driving solicitors who represent motorists all over the country.

Formed by Carl Millar, Millars Solicitors has adopted his dogged tenacity and exacting technical understanding of motoring law. Before starting Millars Solicitors, Carl has been employed as the Head of Department at some of the most high profile Motoring Law Firms in the country. He is a member of the Society of Motoring Lawyers and has an enviable nationwide reputation for the results he gets for his clients.

Through representing a wide range of people you will find Carl and his team very approachable and never judgemental. Their advice is straightforward and will leave no stone unturned in pursuing all available defences in presenting your case.

If you have been caught drink driving you can contact Carl today on 0800 999 5535 or you can send a confidential email by clicking here. If you need to speak to a drink driving solicitor out of office hours than please call the 24 hour emergency line on 07855 806119.

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