A conviction for driving or attempting to drive whilst above the legal alcohol 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 imprisonment
- A risk of having your car sold or crushed
The amount of drink taken makes no difference. Whether just over the limit or well over the limit, in the eyes of the law, you are still a convicted drunk-driver and the consequences are exactly the same. And if caught driving over the limit the next morning, you also face the same consequences as if you had been caught the night before.
Causing death by dangerous driving while under the influence of drink/drugs will result in a minimum 2 year driving ban and up to 14 years in prison with an unlimited fine. Having a criminal record can impact on your life, affecting relationships, job prospects, travel (for example to the USA), insurance premiums, hiring a car and social standing.