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The Real Costs of Losing Your Licence

27 February 2020 |

Getting behind the wheel of a car after you’ve had a couple of drinks is never a good idea, despite what your intoxicated mind tells you. You are not only putting yourself at risk, but you have the potential to cause serious harm to others.

Drink driving is a serious offence and can lead to serious repercussions if not dealt with correctly. We’ve outlined the real cost of losing your licence and how drink driving could affect your life.

Facing Time In Prison

Depending on how severe the case is, you could be facing a serious prison sentence for being involved with drink driving.

If you get into your car whilst under the influence and have your keys on your person, you could be looking at 3 months in prison, and a hefty fine. Actually driving the car (or at least attempting it) could see you spend at least 6 months behind bars.

In the event that someone is killed because of drink driving, then the driver responsible could face 14 years of imprisonment, as well as fines and an extended driving ban.

Losing Your Licence

When you’ve been charged with drink driving, your licence will be taken away from you and you will receive a driving ban of at least 12 months.

This means that you are not allowed to get behind the wheel of a car at any point over the period of the driving ban, because failing to comply with the rules of the ban will lead to a lengthy jail sentence.

A lot of people rely on their cars to get to work each day, so taking this mode of transport will force you to spend money on getting trains, buses and taxis around. This means that you will have to adjust your daily schedule to accommodate the changes and this could mean especially longer days if your workplace is hard to get to.

Getting a variety of different transport is not a cheap affair either, and can sometimes be unreliable. However, longer workdays and late buses are the least of your worries.

Receiving A Fine

After being charged with drink driving, you could also be subject to a fine (often being a fairly large number).

The amount that you are fined will vary from case to case, but being in charge of a vehicle could leave you up to £2,500 down. And that is only for being inside of your car whilst intoxicated – the fines for actually driving the vehicle are much worse.

If you are caught driving after enjoying a little too much alcohol, then you could be looking at an “unlimited” face, decided by the Court. This worse case scenario could be very damaging to your bank account, and should be avoided at all costs.

Criminal Record

Some people are under the impression that being caught drink driving will not leave you with a criminal record, but those people are mistaken.

Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime and will definitely leave a mark on your record. Putting yourself and potentially others at danger can get you arrested, so you will be penalised for this and it will go down as an offence on your record.

One of the punishments you may face after being caught drink driving could be community service, with you potentially having to work between 50 – 300 hours of unpaid work. Is it really worth having that extra drink?

Job Security

As a result of gaining a criminal record, your job security could be at risk.

A lot of companies do not take too kindly to employees having a criminal record, and this could result in you losing your job. Many employee contracts state that employees could be dismissed if they either had a previous record of criminal offences or commit a crime whilst employed.

Your new criminal record could also affect you trying to secure a new job in the future, as most employers will take your criminal record into consideration when picking a candidate. If you try and hide this kind of information from your future employer, then you are breaching your contract and will only end up in even more trouble.

Another thing to add would be the embarrassment that you will bring to both your friends and family. Your case may make it’s way online or in the papers and will likely spread around your local area, bringing shame upon yourself and dragging down anyone associated with you.

Insurance Costs

Understandably, you can expect to see a big increase in the amount of money you will have to spend on your car insurance each month/year after the incident.

Insurance companies take all of your driving history into consideration when they insurance your vehicle, so you can imagine that have a DUI will not be just passed over.

Some insurance companies will not even allow you to take out insurance with them if you have a history of driving offences, especially drink driving. Depending on the severity of your case, you may not even drive again.

Leaving The Country

If you’ve been convicted of driving whilst drunk, then you might have trouble when trying to plan trips to other countries.

Having any kind of driving offence under your belt will hinder your chances of being let into countries such as the United States, Canada and even Australia. This is not ideal if you are a businessman that travels as part of your job, stopping you from doing your job.

How We Can Help

Here at JTS Solicitors, we have a long track record of successfully defending clients who are faced with drink driving and other motor offences.

If it has been alleged that you have been driving a vehicle whilst over the legal limit, we can assist you in defending these allegations. We will challenge the police evidence to ensure that they have complied with the strict requirements under the law for this type of offence.

With our experience and knowledge, we can provide carefully considered arguments to persuade the Court to not disqualify you from driving or to consider an alternative charge.

If you’ve been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, then get in touch today and find out how JTS Solicitors can help.

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