Drink Driving Offences

Penalties on conviction for drink driving will vary depending on the amount of alcohol that has been detected in your system.
If you drive (or attempt to drive) any mechanically-powered or propelled vehicle in a public place while under the influence of any intoxicant or with a blood/alcohol content greater than 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood to the extent of being unable to properly control the vehicle, you can be charged with a drink driving offence.

Since 2006, mandatory breath testing is permitted by members of the Gardaí under the Road Traffic Act in 2006. This means that the Gardaí can stop any driver at a checkpoint and test their breath for alcohol content. The result of this test is available almost immediately. If the result shows that you are over the legal limit you will receive a summons from the Gardaí to appear in District Court to answer to the charge of drink driving.

If you have been arrested for drink driving, you are obliged to attend the local Garda Station, and, you should request to speak to a Solicitor at this point as all convictions for drink driving carry a mandatory disqualification from driving.
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If you get a summons or are charged with dangerous driving, our Criminal Law Specialist can provide legal representation for the legal charges that may be imposed upon you. For further information please call us in Cork on 021-4272882 or in Dublin on 01- 6401849 or email us at info@hoc.ie


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