What happens when you’re caught
The number of drinks you’ve had makes no difference – whether you’re just over the limit or well over the limit, in the eyes of the law, you’re still a convicted drunk-driver and the consequences are exactly the same. And if caught driving over the limit the next morning, you will face the same consequences as if you had been caught the night before.
Driving or attempting to drive whilst above the limit will result in:
- Loss of licence – an automatic 12-month driving ban
- A risk of being fined up to £5,000
- A criminal record – for a minimum of 20 years
- An offence which stays on your licence for 11 years
- A risk of being imprisoned for up to 6 months
- A risk of losing your car to be crushed or sold
Having a criminal record can really impact on your life, affecting:
- Your current job or other job prospects
- Travel – e.g. to the USA
- Insurance premiums, which can be subject to substantial increases
- Hiring a car
- Social standing
Causing death by dangerous driving whilst under the influence of drink and/or drugs will result in a maximum 14-year jail sentence and a minimum 2 year driving ban.