Drink & Drug Driving is a strict liability offence. If you drive with excess alcohol or drugs in your system you have committed the offence. BUT the court has a discretion not to disqualify you if they find that there is a “special reason” for not doing so.

In our experience there are two main special reasons as follows:

  1. Emergency – if you can show that you had no choice other than to drive because of an emergency situation. Taking someone who is gravely ill to hospital in a remote area or being attacked and having to get away from your attacker are examples of the types of scenarios the Courts have accepted as “special reasons”.
  2. Spiked Drinks – if you can show to the court that, on the balance of probabilities, that you did not realise how much you alcohol or drugs you had consumed due to the intervention of a third  party, the Court may accept this as a “special reason”. Examples of these are where someone inadvertently bought a vodka and coke instead of coke and did not realise or doubles are served    instead of singles.

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Helen, can I just thank you for the professional and thorough way in which you have dealt with this matter and your advice has been very welcome at times. Worth every penny for peace of mind.

Mr L

Extremely helpful and considerate. Very attentive . Nothing was too much trouble from the first phone call to receiving a hard copy of the will. Couldn’t have asked for more. I would not hesitate in recommending you to friends and family. A fantastic service all round. Thank you Michaela.

Mr M

I would like to thank you (Paul Fitton) for your most professional guidance and advice, I appreciate the effort and time you devoted to my issues on this subject.

Mr S

Mr Nattrass is always understanding and helpful and takes time to listen and explain. It is always a pleasure to deal with him. Also, your reception staff are lovely and welcoming.

Mrs J

The service we received from Helen Green was fantastic, nothing was too much trouble. We would recommend Helen without question.

Mr J

The service provided was excellent. Many thank to John Nattrass for all his input and execution of our wills.

Mrs H

I would like to commend Michaela for her warmth, compassion and professionalism. It was because of her superb persona that I am using McHale & Co. Thank you very much Michaela!

Miss J

We are grateful for your work on our behalf. You ensured that the necessary process was done smoothly and efficiently and you have been a pleasure to deal with.

Mr G.

Excellent service and prompt replies to everything that we wanted. Very professional in these unusual times.

Mrs. S.

Very happy with McHale & Co dealing with my Mother’s Deed of Probate and sale of her house, very helpful during a difficult time.

Ms. C Jones

Outstanding service. A breath of fresh air!

Ms. M

I would like to thank McHale & Co Solicitors for their excellent work.
The support Helen provided me with was above and beyond, it was her professionalism and her personal and effective responses which made such a difficult time for me a lot more bearable.
I would have no hesitation in using McHale & Co again and will certainly recommend them to family, friends and colleagues.

Mrs B

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