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Drink Drive Penalties & Punishments UK


Although the exact sentence you will receive will depend on the circumstances of your offence and will also take into account any previous convictions you have of a similar nature i.e. drink driving / access alcohol the court system in England and Wales uses set guidance when handing down sentences. For a standard drink drive charge this will be based on the reading of your breathalyser result i.e. how far over the drink drive limit you were when you were arrested. It may also be effected by aggravating factors such as having children in your car when the offence took place or evidence that you drove while under the influence for a protracted period. 

The below table details maximum punishments that are set in law for drink driving offences.

 

Drink Drive Offence Prison Sentence Fine Driving Ban 12 to 36 Months Penalty Points Endorsement Code
Driving or attempting to drive while unfit 6 Months £5,000 Obligatory 3 to 11 – As well as ban DR20 (drink) DR80 (drugs)
Driving or attempting to drive with excess alcohol 6 Months £5,000 Obligatory 3 to 11 – As well as ban DR10
In charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink 3 Months £5,000 Discretionary 10 DR50 (drink) DR90 (drugs)
In charge with excess alcohol 3 Months £2,500 Discretionary 10 DR40
Failing to co-operate with a preliminary test N/A £1,000 Discretionary 4 DR70
Failing or refusing to supply an evidential specimen when “driving or attempting to drive” 6 Months £5,000 Obligatory 3 to 11 – As well as ban DR30
Failing or refusing to provide an evidential specimen when not “driving or attempting to drive” 3 Months £2,500 Discretionary 10 DR60
Failure to allow specimen to be subjected to laboratory test when “driving or attempting to drive” 6 Months £5,000 Obligatory 3 to 11 – As well as ban
Failure to allow specimen to be subjected to laboratory test when not “driving or attempting to drive” 3 Months £2,500 Discretionary 10
Causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs 14 Years Unlimited 2 Years Minimum 3 – 11 CD40 (drink)
CD50 (drugs)
CD60 (excess alcohol)
Causing death by careless driving and then failing to supply specimen for analysis 14 Years Unlimited 2 Years Minimum 3 – 11 CD70

 

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