Drunk in Charge

Ever been for a night out and thought it would be a good idea to sleep it off in the car before driving home the next morning? Well the idea might not be as good as you first thought.  It is an offence to be “in charge” of a motor vehicle whilst drunk, ie over the drink drive limit and you will be charged with being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle.

being drunk in car but not driving can still be an offence, picture shows man slimped over steering wheel of a carThe questions the offence of being drunk in charge raise are:

  • What were you doing in the vehicle?
  • What was it your intention to do?
  • When were you going to drive?

The keys in the ignition, engine turned on is not a good start. You were asleep on the back seat, keys in your pocket? You could be onto a winner.

The Law does afford you some defences to the offence of being Drunk in Charge of a motor vehicle and it is for you to show those to the court. With the help of Trident Solicitors, we can show these defences to the court and ensure you are found Not Guilty, meaning that you can keep on driving.

What is the penalty if I was Drunk in Charge?

If convicted of an offenc of being drunk in charge, the Court must impose 10 penalty points and a term of imprisonment up to 3 months. The Court does have the discretion to disqualify you from driving. The reading of the alcohol level will be a determining factor in whether the Court exercises it’s discretion to disqualify you.

If you have been charged or summonsed to Court with the offence of being Drunk in Charge, contact Carl today and let him help you.