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Are you facing a conviction for drink driving? Our dedicated team of motor offence solicitors can provide you with the representation that may be able to prevent you from losing your license.

Major Family Law are a boutique family law firm based in the North East of England. We are a leading firm in the area and provide legal support and representation for drink driving and drunk in charge cases on a daily basis. Speak to our team of expert driving solicitors today by completing our contact form. If time is of the essence and you have an urgent motoring enquiry, feel free to get in touch with our drink driving Consultant Solicitor Charlie Waddell on 078 0271 7418

What is drink driving?

Drink driving, or driving under the influence, is a criminal act; it is an offence to operate a mechanical vehicle on a public road if you have consumed excessive alcohol. If you are stopped by the police, they have the right to take a specimen of your breath to see if you have consumed an amount of alcohol over the legal limit. If you are found to be over the limit then you may be at risk of being disqualified for up to 24months. Our legal team will help you to reduce or remove this ban.

If you have been stopped by the police because they believe that you have been driving under the influence, but they cannot prove the actual driving element of the charge, then this is not considered drink driving, but instead it is called ‘drunk in charge’. This can lead to a 6 month disqualification if not defended properly.

Please speak to our team urgently if you are facing a criminal charge for motor offences. Our motor and driving solicitors can provide you with cost effective and expert advice to help you in your case.

What is the legal drink driving limits?

The law in England and Wales states that the drink drive limits are as follows:

  • 35 mg of alcohol per 100ml of your breath
  • 107mg of alcohol per 100ml of your urine
  • 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of your blood

It is not easy to measure out “how many glasses of wine” or “how many pints”  you can have before you cannot drive as your age, gender, weight, stress levels, tiredness and more can all impact your body’s ability to break down alcohol. We advise that is it always better to be safe than sorry. If you know that you are soon to get behind the wheel, we advise that you do not have anything to drink to avoid the risk of driving under the influence.

How can we help?

Depending on the severity of your offence, the courts will consider a range of punishments from a fine, to driving disqualification to a custodial sentence.

Should your drink driving case be taken to court, our expert driving lawyers will consider all of the evidence available and construct effective and bespoke representation for you.

We understand the importance of your drivers license and ensuring that you are not disqualified; we will construct a defence that aims to prevent you from losing your license. This may involve pleading guilty and attending a Drink Drivers Rehabilitation Scheme.

Our fees

Our motor offence solicitor fees are clearly laid out on our Funding Your Case page. Please head over to see our dedicated fee structure for representing you following a drink driving conviction.

If you are in need of representation from the best boutique law firm in the North East, then please get in touch today to arrange your free, no obligation 45-minute consultation. Our friendly and experienced team can provide you with the advice and action required for your case, and court representation if needed. Please get in touch today.

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"Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail"

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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"Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail"

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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