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This firm can be recommended. They are professional and very well informed. We knew we were in good knowledgeable hands from the moment we consulted them. No hesitation in recommending fellow motorists to call upon their skills and knowledge.
, Glasgow

I was wrongly accused of dangerous driving and not understanding the consequences of it, I had pleaded quilty for the charge. When I realised the seriousness of the charge I contacted Graham at Their personal touch and attention impressed me from the beginning. All my emails were replied promptly and I felt I was in good hands. Not only did they help me to get the plea changed but I was very impressed how Kirsty Ferguson managed to negotiate a reduced guilty plea to careless driving. These guys not only have the contacts but also the level of relationships which ensure that my case was properly heard behind the scenes. I was obviously hoping to have the whole case dismissed but I'd suppose miracles don't often happen. I was very impressed on Kirsty's meticulous preparation before the the court hearing and even more so how she conducted my case at the front of the sheriff. It was a real pleasure to observe a true professional at work. Thanks to her and the Roadtrafficlaw team, I am able to continue working as self employed management consultant. I cannot do my work without being able to drive. I am happy with the outcome and sincerely recommend these guys to help you if you are facing the wrong end of the bargain. They are true professionals and know their business. Many thanks, indeed
, Dangerous driving
Road Traffic Lawyers is rated 5/5 based on 63 testimonials.



Reduce Your Drink Drive Ban By 25%

How To Reduce Your Period Of Ban

Always ask a lawyer if you are unsure about any of the advice and information provided here.

You can reduce the period of ban imposed by a court but your solicitor will require to ask the court at time of sentence to consider making a drink drive rehabilitation reduction. Many Sheriffs do not accede to this request without a full and detailed explanation as to why. Some think that it should only be allowed where the drink drive limit has only just been exceeded others consider that it is only appropriate where there is a drink problem. Each Sheriff has to be approached with the benefit of experience and understanding when making a suggestion that you should be placed on the scheme. You can reduce your driving disqualification period by 25% but the Sheriff can exercise his discretion and allow a shorter period of reduction. Again a situation where an experienced road traffic lawyer can make a big difference to the outcome.

A Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme course normally costs £150 (£95 if on benefits). Upon conviction your solicitor must intimate to the court that you agree to attend a Drink Drive Rehabilitation course and the court will consider a reduction of your period of disqualification. The solicitor has to know when it is appropriate to recommend such a reduction.

The Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme has been thoroughly tested and is regarded by many Sheriffs and Magistrates throughout Scotland as a proven method to reduce the re-offend rate. It is an ideal disposal for the offence of Drink Driving, to be used in conjunction with a disqualification period, plus a fine, community service, probation order or custodial sentence, as the severity of the offence dictates.

Once the verdict and penalty have been announced, the Court must decide whether the offender is suitable for the Scheme. Most Courts, conscious of current ‘Human Rights’ legislation, refer all drink drive offenders for training.

Making a Referral Order involves the following:

  • assessing suitability
  • offering the course to the offender
  • the offender accepts or declines
  • the Hearing ends
  • if the offender accepts, the completed Referral Order is forwarded to the training provider

The guidelines to the Scheme list several factors which affect suitability:

  • a place is available on an approved course.
  • We can recommend ismpsychologicalservices  they are approved training providers and guarantee to train all offenders referred to them under the Scheme, making it unnecessary for the Court to check availability)
  • the offender is at least 17 years old
  • the offer has been explained to the offender in ordinary language

Once an offer has been made to the offender, the Court should state:

  • the amount of reduction in the disqualification period the offender will receive for completing the course
  • the date on which the reduced ban ends
  • the date by which the course must be completed

The offender must agree to the offer of attending the course before an Order is made. Inclusion in the Scheme is voluntary; there is no penalty for choosing not to be included.

After the Hearing, the Court’s administration section creates the Referral Order. The Order is signed by an Officer of the Court and a copy forwarded to the training provider.

You attend as required and upon successful completion of the course you will be entitled to a reduction in your period of disqualification.

For More Information on How the scheme works and where the courses are held, checkout the ismpsychologicalservices website

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