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Drink Driving Solicitors Wicklow/ Patrick Horan Solicitor/ www.phoransolicitors.com

Wicklow, Ireland

20 February, 2021

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20 February, 2021

People sometimes insist on pleading guilty to drink driving when they first appear in court. This is almost always a bad idea as there may be a legitimate defence open to you. This possibility -a valid defence- evaporates if you decide to plead guilty right away without at least testing the evidence. If you were giving advice to a close friend or family member, the advice you'd likely give is that they at the very least test the evidence before making any decision in court. You would do this because the consequences of drink driving -disqualification- are severe. The same advice holds true for you. You should test the evidence before making any decision in court. That means getting legal advice, from a legal specialist, not a friend. There is no point appealing a disqualification from driving to the Circuit Court if you've already pleaded guilty to the matter in the District Court beforehand. It is not the case that exceeding the limit is sufficient to ground a conviction. It is also not the case that drinking and driving is, by itself, illegal. It is certainly not advisable but it is not strictly illegal. Fundamentally, if Patrick thinks that your case is defensible he will tell you. If he thinks that it is not, he will also tell you. Ultimately, you will be in possession of all of the relevant information so that you can make an informed decision as to which approach to adopt. www.phoransolicitors.com drink driving solicitors wicklow drink driving lawyers wicklow motoring offence solicitors wicklow drink driving technicalities ireland 2021 drink driving limits ireland 2021 specialist motoring offence solicitors driving offence solicitors do i need a solicitor for drink driving is it worth getting a solicitor for drink driving

Video Transcript

The punishment for drink driving in Ireland is disqualification

As soon as you plead guilty or you’re found guilty you will be disqualified

Its mandatory: the Judge has no discretion

Drink driving is different to other areas of law

In virtually every other area of law bar some Revenue offences the State are obliged to prove the case beyond you beyond reasonable doubt

You have to give evidence against yourself in drink driving in the form of a breath specimen, a blood specimen or urine specimen

And this goes against about 300 or 400 years of common law jurisdiction where the State is required to prove it’s case against you

So if you’re required to give evidence against yourself the State is required to follow a set of procedures and if they don’t do it the case may collapse on those grounds

It is legal advice, but a lot of times its not, its just talking to the person

If you give people the time, your time, and make time for them, they’ll appreciate that

But if you combine those things, skill level and I suppose empathy and understanding

That goes an awful long way

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