23 March, 2020
23 March, 2020
The most important piece of advice that Patrick frequently offers clients is "don't panic, we can get through this". That advice remains as relevant today as ever and frequently it has been proven to be correct.
Patrick is continuously amazed at the number of people who come to court charged with drink driving (or drunk in charge), who assume that no valid defence is open to them and that they will be convicted of drink driving in any event. Without legal advice these people frequently enter a plea of guilty and are consequently disqualified (disqualification is mandatory in all cases) from driving for a minimum period of 2 years.
This belief -the inevitability of conviction - is unfortunately a very misguided belief and is likely to be informed by advices given to the unfortunate motorist from people who have never set foot in court in their lives.
There are frequently valid defences open to an Accused motorist arrested and charged with drink driving and if the case is prepared meticulously there is no reason why those defences should not prevail in Court.
A cornerstone of the law should never be forgotten: the prosecution must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. They must prove everything; the Accused motorist is not required to prove anything.
Another cornerstone of the criminal law is this: if the Judge hearing the case has a reasonable doubt as to the prosecution's evidence, the Judge must give the benefit of the doubt to the Accused person every time and acquit them of the charge before the court.
In effect, if the Prosecution fail to convince the Court beyond a reasonable doubt that they adhered to the many legal safeguards put in place to protect the Accused's rights whilst under arrest, the Court must acquit the Accused motorist of drink driving.
As a former member of An Garda Siochana and outspoken critic of that organisation, Patrick Horan Solicitor has excelled in defending clients who have been charged with driving offences over the years.
Defending drink driving charges before the courts is only part of the battle: understanding how the prosecution thinks is equally important.
Patrick Horan Solicitor is uniquely placed to help you in this area and his advice in dealing with drink driving charges, as well as the steps to be taken when the Gardai are seeking a statement from prospective clients, has proven to be invaluable over the years.
Patrick travels nationwide to defend clients charged with drink driving offences and has built a steady team of leading drink driving barristers to help him represent his clients wherever they've been arrested or summoned to court.
Patrick works seven days a week. If you have a query or question call him. He'd be glad to speak with you.
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