A conviction for drink driving may have an adverse effect on the work and personal life of many people. It is therefore advisable that if you have been accused of drink driving that you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity in order to put forward a strong defence and/or minimise penalties.

With drink driving law it is important to note that charges may follow where a person refuses to comply with a request from a member of An Garda Síochána to provide samples (e.g. breath) where the Garda suspects a person of being intoxicated while being in charge of a vehicle in a public place.

Penalties for a drink driving conviction will vary depending on the amount of alcohol in the person’s system at the time of the alleged offence and whether the person has previous convictions.

Penalties for drink driving include:

  • Disqualification (mandatory for drink driving)
  • Fine and/or imprisonment
  • Costs awarded against the convicted person

If you have a legal issue relating to drink driving or if you have a general road traffic law query; contact us to arrange a consultation.

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