Failure to Provide a Roadside Breath Sample
If you are pulled over while driving, the police may require you to provide a roadside breath sample where they suspect you are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
If you fail or refuse to provide this sample without a reasonable excuse, you can be arrested and found guilty of a criminal offence.
Here at Richard Silver Solicitors, our driving offence lawyers have extensive experience in representing drivers charged with failure to provide a roadside breath sample. Our clients trust us to mount a strong defence to this charge, which clearly presents a reasonable excuse or mitigating factors and is supported by expert medical and other forms of evidence. It is important that you seek legal advice as soon as you have been charged by the police to give your legal team ample time to build a robust case against the accusation. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
Call us on 0161 834 9494 to find out how we can help.
What are the penalties for failure to provide a roadside breath sample?
If convicted, failure to provide a roadside breath specimen has a maximum penalty of a £1,000 fine and four penalty points, as well as a discretionary disqualification. These can have quite serious consequences for you and your livelihood, which is why you should get in touch with an experienced driving offence solicitor without delay.
What counts as a reasonable excuse?
If it is found that you had a reasonable excuse for failing to provide a roadside breath test, you are likely to avoid having to go to court. Situations in which you may be found to have had a reasonable excuse include:
- You suffer from a medical condition that affected your ability to use a breathalyser
- You were dealing with an emergency, such as being in a rush to seek medical treatment
- The breath analysis machine used by the police officer was not working properly
In every case, you will need to present expert evidence to support any defence you raise. An experienced motoring offence solicitor can advise you on what evidence is required and help you obtain it.
Why instruct Richard Silver Solicitors?
Richard Silver Solicitors has more than 25 years’ experience in handling cases like these, which means we know exactly what to do to achieve the best outcome for you. Our empathetic and knowledgeable lawyers understand that this can be a difficult and stressful time, which is why we provide highly practical and reliable advice. In cases like this, defendants can often wonder if it is worth it financially to hire a solicitor; we take a transparent and honest approach to fees, often agreeing a fixed payment arrangement at the beginning of a case so you do not have to worry about hidden costs.
Contact our Failure to Provide a Sample Solicitors Manchester, UK
Richard Silver Solicitors operates from Manchester and represents clients from across the UK. We understand that there are many reasons why you may fail or refuse to provide a roadside breath test, and we can assist you by identifying a reasonable excuse or mitigating circumstances and presenting these clearly to the authorities. To find out more about what we can do for you, contact our team on 0161 834 9494 or use our online contact form.