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Drink Driving

Result: Acquittal

Court: Criminal Court
Prosecution: Public Prosecutor's Office
Requested sentence: 1 year imprisonment for drunk driving offence

Drink Driving

Result: Acquittal

Court: Criminal Court
Prosecution: Public Prosecutor's Office
Requested penalty: Fine and withdrawal of license for alcohol offense

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The breathalyzer test

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When the police stop your vehicle for a breathalyzer test, they order you to blow into a breathalyzer or evidential breathalyzer. If you exceed 0.25 mg/l, the officers will proceed to perform a second test with an approved breathalyzer.

This second test consists of blowing twice through the apparatus with 10 minutes of difference between one attempt and the other. If the results exceed the legal maximums allowed, the police will report you and the court will open criminal proceedings.

It is this approved test that constitutes evidence in court and not the first test carried out with the evidential ethylometer.

It is possible to obtain an acquittal when the police forget to bring with the police report the certificate of approval of the ethylometer, since the measurement cannot be considered as legally obtained.

If the results exceed the legal maximums allowed, the police will report you and the investigating court will open criminal proceedings.

If you find yourself in this situation and you have tested positive in a breathalyzer control, the first thing you should do is contact the best lawyer in breathalyzer, such as Esteban Criminal Lawyers, a law firm specialized in criminal law and drink driving offences.

The penalties in the crime of alcohol abuse

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The crime of drink driving is a crime against Road Safety, described in articles 379 to 385 of the Penal Code.

The drink driving conviction is 3 to 6 months imprisonment or a fine of 6 to 12 months and deprivation of the right to drive between 1 and 4 years.

The fine does not have a predefined amount and depends on the economic capacity of the convicted person. Withdrawal of the driving license for more than two years entails re-examination to regain it.

Blood concentrations punishable by law

The concentration of alcohol in the blood or in expired air and the existence or not of symptoms determine whether the offense of driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages is committed.

The offence is committed if the measurement of the ethylometer device shows a value between 0.25 and 0.60 mg/l and, in addition, there are evident symptoms that the consumption of alcoholic beverages negatively affects your ability to drive.

This impairment can be deduced from irregular behaviors such as speeding, strange maneuvers, zigzagging trajectory or external physical symptoms of drunkenness in the driver.

When the BAC exceeds 0.60 mg/l, it is not necessary for the prosecutor to prove that the driver had impaired driving abilities: it will be a crime in any case, with or without symptoms.

Margin of error of the breathalyzer

If you have given a rate between 0.60 and 0.64 mg/l, it will be possible to invoke in your defense the margin of error that any ethylometer has, which ranges between 5 and 7.5%. In practice, these margins allow you to defend that a blood alcohol level that does not exceed 0.64 mg/l is, discounting the margin of error, below 0.60 mg/l.

If you do not agree with the ethylometer reading, you have the right to ask the agents to take you to the nearest health center to carry out a contrast test consisting of a blood or urine, or analogous analysis, which will be at your expense if the result is positive.

This is not highly recommended, unless you are completely convinced that you have not ingested a drop of alcohol and that the measuring device is wrong, since the analysis, if confirmatory, will only serve to cement your guilt.

If you refuse to take the breathalyzer tests, you will incur an offense of refusal, which has a higher penalty than that of breathalyzer.

The prosecutor will be charged with two offenses: refusal and breathalyzer. And if you disobey in other aspects to the agents of the authority and get too upset, you can end up charged with a crime of disobedience or resistance to authority.

Speedy Trial for a drink driving Crime

Our drink driving solicitors have the experience and the profesionality that you case need.

If the police charge you with a drink driving offense, the court will summon you to a speedy trial. In reality, the speedy trial is not a trial.

It is a rapid appearance, within a few days, before the local duty judge, to see if you accept the facts in exchange for a reduced sentence.

If you do so, the judge will pass sentence at the same time.

If, on the other hand, you do not accept an agreement and plead not guilty, you will be summoned to a normal trial to be held after a few months.

As drink driving lawyers, we offer you urgent legal advice if you find yourself in this situation.

Conformity for drink driving cases

The main advantage of a plea bargain is that your lawyer can negotiate with the prosecutor a sentence that is close to the minimum and, on this minimum, apply a reduction of one third.

Thus, the minimum penalty of deprivation of the right to drive for the crime of drunk driving is one year, which, discounting the third, is 8 months. It can never be lower than this amount. Another advantage is that the process will be finished earlier, since you will begin to serve your sentence from that moment on.

If you do not agree to a plea bargain, you will be summoned to an ordinary trial after a few months. You should be aware that the acceptance of a plea agreement entails the immediate loss of your driver’s license. If your job depends on maintaining your driving license, take this into account and discuss other defense strategies with your criminal defense attorney.

Our law firm specializes in these types of settlements. We are endorsed by numerous successful cases in which we have achieved very favorable plea agreements with the Prosecutor’s Office for our clients.

How to face a drunk driving trial?

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If you have tested positive in a breathalyzer test and want to properly prepare for trial, it is essential to have a lawyer who specializes in this crime.

Your lawyer will determine the line of defense and will evaluate all the circumstances of the case: if the rate of alcohol is within the margin of error of the breathalyzer, if the police report has the certificate of verification of the breathalyzer, or if it could have been a false positive for taking any medication that enhances the effect of alcohol.

On the other hand, the lawyers specialized in alcohol impaired driving, also take into account your personal situation, if your work depends on the maintenance of your driving license, if you are a repeat offender, or if you have a prison sentence previously suspended, in these cases, it will be necessary to follow the most appropriate course of action.

When is the driver's license withdrawn due to alcohol breathalyzer?

If in the breathalyzer test, the rate of alcohol is higher than 0.6mg/l in exhaled air, or 1.2 grams per liter in blood, it will be considered a serious offense and the driver’s license will be withdrawn between one and four years, in addition to a prison sentence of 2 to 6 months, or a daily fine of 6 to 12 months or community service for 31 to 90 days. If you are involved in this crime, or in other crimes against Road Safety, count on our drink driving solicitors in Barcelona.