In some cases, the police need to take either a blood or urine sample from a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drink or drugs. In almost all instances, the police opt for a blood sample. Part of the procedure is informing the suspect that they can if they wish request part of the sample for independent testing. So why do so few suspects take this option up?
We have successfully applied to get convictions set aside in two cases this week as a result of the Randox scandal.
In a recent case His Honour Judge Jeremy Richardson QC was challenged with the task of sentencing 3 offenders for the roles they played in causing the death of 4 people, as well as seriously injuring 3 others. The most significant sentence handed out was 11 ½ years to Elliot Bower, who was the main offender.
If the police suspect that you are over the limit then you are obliged to give a sample, it doesn’t matter if you know that you are under the limit. The same rule applies if the police have reason to believe that you were driving even if you weren’t.
Over the festive periods of Christmas and the new year one might enjoy the well earned break with a tipple or two.
With the clocks having gone back and both Halloween and Bonfire Night now behind us, easing into those dark wintry nights, it won’t be long before Christmas is in our sights and party season gets underway.