When it comes to drink driving, there are three common offences that people face. There is the offence of driving with excess alcohol, or drink driving. There is also drunk in charge of a vehicle. Then, there is the charge of failing to provide a specimen.
When facing any of these charges, it is normal to feel a bit intimidated or scared. This is especially true if you have been requested to have a court appearance. In many cases, people wonder if it is best to just plead guilty. This is especially true when you look at the kind of sentence you could be facing for your specific drink driving offence. For example, the most serious drink driving related offence would be causing a death due to careless or dangerous driving while under the influence of drink or of drugs, which carries anywhere from a two year driving ban with a required extended driving test to fourteen years in prison.
There is a better answer than walking into the courtroom all by yourself and pleading guilty with a high likelihood of facing the maximum sentence possible for your offence, no matter which of the three common offences you are facing. The answer any one of these three offences is to consult with a solicitor now. You will get real answers to all of your questions. Additionally, you and your solicitor can come up with a plan for when you enter the courtroom in order to get you the best possible outcome. Hiring a solicitor, for any of the three reasons you may be looking at a court appearance will give you a peace of mind that you might not otherwise have, because you will know that you have someone there to fight for you and your rights.
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