Borderline drink driving offences and the penalties

Even though borderline reading cases are far less serious than high readings, they still carry considerable concerns for drivers. Even when a driver’s reading is borderline, unless the charge is successfully defended, it carries a drink-drive ban of a minimum of 12 months’ for a first-time offender and a three-year ban for a repeat offender.

Whether you are a find yourself facing a first-time drink driving conviction or whether you have had the misfortune to have been found guilty of drink driving previously. The ramifications of being convicted of drink driving even when you are a 'borderline drink driving case' can have a devastating impact on your life and perhaps your career of business. The drink-drive lawyers at Brian Koffman and co can help best advise you and we are ready to talk to you today.

On 10th April 2015, the right for a motorist under investigation for drink driving to replace their breath specimen with a blood or urine sample was abolished. Previously, if the amount of alcohol in a person’s breath registered between 36-50 milligrams (the legal limit is 35), an individual would be given the ‘statutory option’ of replacing their breath sample with a blood or urine specimen. The ‘Statutory Option’ was originally introduced in the 1980s when evidential breath testing devices were relatively new with questionable accuracy.

This option was discontinued as the government considered the evidential breath testing equipment to be reliable enough to abolish the additional safeguard. At BrianKoffman & Co. we have encountered numerous cases that would suggest the reliability of breathalyser machines is a major issue – especially in borderline drink driving cases.

Why Choose Brian Koffman & Co.

If you were arrested for drink driving before the 10th April 2015 or you provided a second type of sample for any reason, we may be able to help. Our highly professional team of motoring offence specialists have developed unique strategies in relation to borderline blood and urine drink driving cases which have secured favourable outcomes for our clients’. You may have opted to provide a second test and could find that once the sample has been analysed, the result falls below the legal limit. Time is of the essence and contacting us immediately could make an enormous difference to the eventual outcome of your case.

We have extensive experience of defending drivers who have been charged with drink driving after giving borderline readings. With expert legal advice, we can provide you with the best possible chance of avoiding conviction and keeping your licence. Even if you have been told there may be no charge, we highly recommend that you should speak to us straight away. Many of the details we need to know to build your defence are likely to be forgotten if you wait until the date that you are due to appear at the police station.

Contact us today

If you have been charged with drink driving as a result of producing a borderline reading, Please contact Brian Koffman at Motoring Offence Solicitors.

We offer the very best privately funded Drink Driving Defence representation to clients in Manchester and across the whole of the UK.  Call our team today on 0161 832 3852 or complete the enquiry form on the right-hand side of this page: