I always check to see if there is a technical defence but if one is not available then my job is to persuade the Court to disqualify for the shortest period possible and, hopefully, deal with the matter by way of a fine and not custody or a community service order. With drink driving I can usually persuade the Court to offer a course so that the ban is reduced by 25%. What I do not do is persuade clients to go to trial when there is virtually no prospect of success meaning that not only does the client lose the fee paid to me, but also incurs a bigger fine, as well as having to pay hundreds of pounds of Prosecution costs. On top of that, the Court may well be inclined to impose a longer ban and disinclined to reduce that ban by offering the drink drive course. Clients should beware of lawyers that take thousands of pounds from them with the promise of saving their driving licence because if their defence fails (which is often likely to be the case) they end up a lot worse off – that will not happen with me – I give honest/realistic advice but if I genuinely think there is a realistic prospect of defending the charge then I will do my level best to win the case. Having had over 20 years’ experience as a Prosecutor, I am aware of what defences are likely to succeed.
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