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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 2018 to September 2021 we reduced 99% of our clients potential sentence based on sentencing guidelines used by the Court

SPECIALIST DRINK DRIVE SOLICITORS

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From Our Clients

 

Greatly assisted a family member going through a very difficult time with a drink/driving charge.

Greatly assisted a family member going through a very difficult time with a drink/driving charge. Excellent representation, support and outcome. Highly recommend.

Anon

Consultant
Essex
Nov 3, 2020

Greatly assisted a family member going through a very difficult time with a drink/driving charge.

Greatly assisted a family member going through a very difficult time with a drink/driving charge. Excellent representation, support and outcome. Highly recommend.

Anon

Consultant
Essex
Nov 3, 2020

Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter.

Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter.

AW

Herts
Dec 23, 2020

Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter.

Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter.

AW

Herts
Dec 23, 2020

They were non-judgemental and were realistic

My experience of Millar’s is very positive. They were non-judgemental and were realistic. They provided support on the day of my hearing and the outcome was the best I could have hoped for. Highly recommend.

KP

Director
Leeds
Dec 23, 2020

They were non-judgemental and were realistic

My experience of Millar’s is very positive. They were non-judgemental and were realistic. They provided support on the day of my hearing and the outcome was the best I could have hoped for. Highly recommend.

KP

Director
Leeds
Dec 23, 2020

I was very well represented in court and got a good outcome as a result.

From the very first phone call Carl was professional and friendly and everything was dealt with in a timely manner. I was very well represented in court and got a good outcome as a result. Thanks again

ANON

Student
Manchester
Nov 30, 2020

I was very well represented in court and got a good outcome as a result.

From the very first phone call Carl was professional and friendly and everything was dealt with in a timely manner. I was very well represented in court and got a good outcome as a result. Thanks again

ANON

Student
Manchester
Nov 30, 2020

Millars reassured me along the way and kept regular contact regarding my postponed court dates

From the get go, Millars were very efficient at answering any questions or queries I had regarding my court case and what I’d been charged with. I had never been in this situation before nor had I ever attended court so it was all very daunting for me but Millars reassured me along the way and kept re…

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R P

Somerset
Nov 30, 2020

Millars reassured me along the way and kept regular contact regarding my postponed court dates

From the get go, Millars were very efficient at answering any questions or queries I had regarding my court case and what I’d been charged with. I had never been in this situation before nor had I ever attended court so it was all very daunting for me but Millars reassured me along the way and kept regular contact regarding my postponed court dates. They prepared a fantastic statement for me which my barrister went through with me again before my court hearing. I got the outcome I was hoping for with the lowest license ban possible. Top service, could not recommend enough.

R P

Somerset
Nov 30, 2020

Rang me back immediately and spoke to me in a kind, respectful, and professional manner

I contacted a few solicitors after I had been arrested for drink driving. Carl Millar Solicitors rang me back immediately and spoke to me in a kind, respectful, and professional manner which helped put me at ease after what is understandably a nerve-racking and daunting situation.

They were very quick to answe…

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ANON

IT Mac Support Specialist
Leeds
Nov 30, 2020

Rang me back immediately and spoke to me in a kind, respectful, and professional manner

I contacted a few solicitors after I had been arrested for drink driving. Carl Millar Solicitors rang me back immediately and spoke to me in a kind, respectful, and professional manner which helped put me at ease after what is understandably a nerve-racking and daunting situation.

They were very quick to answer any and all questions that I did have, and on the day in court my representation was second to none. I believe had it not been for the team’s work in mitigating my sentence I would have had a much harsher one.

I’d definitely recommend them.

ANON

IT Mac Support Specialist
Leeds
Nov 30, 2020

From the very first phone call Carl was professional and friendly and everything was dealt with in a timely manner

From the very first phone call Carl was professional and friendly and everything was dealt with in a timely manner. I was very well represented in court and got a good outcome as a result. Thanks again

ANON

Student
Manchester
Nov 3, 2020

From the very first phone call Carl was professional and friendly and everything was dealt with in a timely manner

From the very first phone call Carl was professional and friendly and everything was dealt with in a timely manner. I was very well represented in court and got a good outcome as a result. Thanks again

ANON

Student
Manchester
Nov 3, 2020

Expert Advice and found not guilty – fully recommend

I was charged with Drink Driving, Refusing to give a Breath Sample, and Obstructing the Police. The entire process took a year from the day of my accident till appearing in court. Paul Turner from Millars Solicitors handled my case and gave me expert advice the whole way through. I am very pleased to sa…

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K. N.

Software Engineer
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Jun 7, 2021

Expert Advice and found not guilty – fully recommend

I was charged with Drink Driving, Refusing to give a Breath Sample, and Obstructing the Police. The entire process took a year from the day of my accident till appearing in court. Paul Turner from Millars Solicitors handled my case and gave me expert advice the whole way through. I am very pleased to say I was found not guilty of all three charges. I fully recommend Millars Solicitors.

K. N.

Software Engineer
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Jun 7, 2021

Fantastic Service – Worth every Penny

Would like to say a massive thank you to you and your team for providing representation for me yesterday- received best possible outcome (12 month ban reduced to 9 with Driver Rehab course plus £350 fine/ costs).

Mr Findon was greatly re-assuring and explained every aspect of the proceedings/ debrief definitively. T…

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ANON

Office Manager
Staffordshire
Jul 4, 2021

Fantastic Service – Worth every Penny

Would like to say a massive thank you to you and your team for providing representation for me yesterday- received best possible outcome (12 month ban reduced to 9 with Driver Rehab course plus £350 fine/ costs).

Mr Findon was greatly re-assuring and explained every aspect of the proceedings/ debrief definitively. The pre-hearing conversation helped settle my nerves and gain focus and the mitigating statement being put forward in the clear and concise manner it was provided a big boost on a day where I was feeling far from confident.

Happy to provide a positive review and would recommend to anyone in similar circumstances.

Fantastic service, worth every penny.

ANON

Office Manager
Staffordshire
Jul 4, 2021

5* Service

5 stars – thank you very much

Richard Smedley

Warehouseman
s73 0uu
Jul 4, 2021

5* Service

5 stars – thank you very much

Richard Smedley

Warehouseman
s73 0uu
Jul 4, 2021

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 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

 

Highly Recommended

I would highly recommend Millars Solicitors of any driving offence that have occurred , they are extremely knowledgeable on finding the best results for any convictions.
Carl and his team worked very hard and efficienstly to get my driving disqualification from three years down to two years .
I’m …

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Thomas

Sep 12, 2021

Highly Recommended

I would highly recommend Millars Solicitors of any driving offence that have occurred , they are extremely knowledgeable on finding the best results for any convictions.
Carl and his team worked very hard and efficienstly to get my driving disqualification from three years down to two years .
I’m very happy with the service I received from Millars Solicitors.

Thomas

Sep 12, 2021

Highly Recommended Advice and Assistance

Millars Solicitors were highly efficient and professional and very easy to speak with. They seemed to take on board and empathise with every detail of my situation, allowing them to provide excellent and honest advice and assistance, achieving the absolute best outcome that I could have in my circumstances.Read More

Dan

Sep 12, 2021

Highly Recommended Advice and Assistance

Millars Solicitors were highly efficient and professional and very easy to speak with. They seemed to take on board and empathise with every detail of my situation, allowing them to provide excellent and honest advice and assistance, achieving the absolute best outcome that I could have in my circumstances.

I hope I never need to seek their advice and support again but should that situation ever arrive, I would approach them again and I would highly recommend their service to anyone.

Dan

Sep 12, 2021

Speeding Offence Representation

I would like to say a huge thank you to Carl and his team. They handled the whole thing very professionally and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Very professional and helpful at all times when I was on the phone and also face to face. I can’t recommend Carl Millar Solicitors enough, well wort…

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Anon

Aug 2, 2021

Speeding Offence Representation

I would like to say a huge thank you to Carl and his team. They handled the whole thing very professionally and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Very professional and helpful at all times when I was on the phone and also face to face. I can’t recommend Carl Millar Solicitors enough, well worth having them involved. Thanks again

Anon

Aug 2, 2021

First class experience

The best! My whole experience from first conversation to court appearance was made so painless by Carl. The court commented on the quality of the record and personal statement. Carl has kept in regular contact and he’s always been genuine and managed my expectations. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend…

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Kelly

Aug 2, 2021

First class experience

The best! My whole experience from first conversation to court appearance was made so painless by Carl. The court commented on the quality of the record and personal statement. Carl has kept in regular contact and he’s always been genuine and managed my expectations. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this guy and his colleagues. Personable and professional. Thank you! True experts on their field.

Kelly

Aug 2, 2021

Getting the support needed

From start to finish Carl Millar was professional and friendly ,he made me feel totally at ease, my journey through the court was helped by having the correct information and a Barista which made the experience flow ,getting the best possible result , which I doubt I would have obtained otherwise.

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Julie

Aug 2, 2021

Getting the support needed

From start to finish Carl Millar was professional and friendly ,he made me feel totally at ease, my journey through the court was helped by having the correct information and a Barista which made the experience flow ,getting the best possible result , which I doubt I would have obtained otherwise.

Julie

Aug 2, 2021

Gratitude

The team at Millars solicitors we very helpful. With good and continuous communication, I stayed informed throughout the case. Everything was explained to me and I always knew what was going on. I am very grateful for Mr Compton who represented me in the courtroom. He was well prepared and was successfu…

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Charles

Aug 2, 2021

Gratitude

The team at Millars solicitors we very helpful. With good and continuous communication, I stayed informed throughout the case. Everything was explained to me and I always knew what was going on. I am very grateful for Mr Compton who represented me in the courtroom. He was well prepared and was successful in helping me claim victory.

Charles

Aug 2, 2021

5* Service

5 stars – thank you very much

Richard Smedley

Warehouseman
s73 0uu
Jul 4, 2021

5* Service

5 stars – thank you very much

Richard Smedley

Warehouseman
s73 0uu
Jul 4, 2021

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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 806 119.

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