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There are so many unknown quantities in criminal law that make it difficult to know at the outset of a case how much work will be needed and what the total legal costs are likely to be. However while it is not always possible to know how long a case might take, what evidence may come to light, what issues might be raised, how long a trial may last or how many witnesses may be needed, we do know it is important for...

Why 'special reasons' could be so important in enabling you to avoid losing your license for drink driving. Many people find the law relating to drink drive offences confusing. Given the technical complexities involved this is hardly surprising. To help those who are struggling, specialist drink driving solicitor Jen Law summarises the legal position in plain English and explains  why the so-called 'special reasons' are so important and could be the difference between retaining and losing your license. My starting point when attempting to summarise our drink...

The second in a series of articles by specialist criminal law solicitor Jen Law on the drink drive defences available. In this article Jen looks in more detail at the so called 'hip flask' defence. The post-drive consumption defence (or the 'hip flask' defence as its sometimes referred to) is a defence to a drink driving charge based on the argument that alcohol had been consumed after the accused had driven the car and that at the time of the alleged offence the defendant...

Criminal solicitor, Jen Law, looks at drink driving and the defences available If someone is charged with drink driving, they will generally have two main options: 1.  to plead 'guilty', and argue there is a “special reason” for the Court not to impose a minimum 12 month disqualification (see our separate article on special reasons) or; 2. to plead 'not guilty' and have a trial, where the Court will hear evidence about the circumstances of the case and decide whether the accused is guilty or not. There are several grey...