High Risk Offenders

Updated on Wednesday 09th March 2022

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High risk offenders in the UK are subject to more stringent conditions. Proving that one is fit for driving is essential after having had acquired this status. It is also necessary to pass a medical examination.
Read below to find out what are the criteria to qualify as a high risk offender and how our team of driving solicitors can help you.

How are high risk offenders qualified?

One is considered a high risk offender in the following cases:
  1. Convictions: the individual was convicted of 2 drink driving offences within 10 years;
  2. Alcohol limits: was driving with al alcohol level starting from 87.5 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres (ml) of breath;
  3. Offering samples: he or she refused to provide samples of breath, urine or blood to test for the alcohol level;
  4. Not allowing the use of samples: the individual refused to allow a sample to be tested for alcohol (if the sample was collected when he or she was unconscious).
The alcohol limits in case of blood and urine are of 200 milligrammes (mg) of alcohol per 100 ml of blood or 267.5 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of urine.

What are the requirements for the DVLA medical examination?

The compulsory medical examination for high risk offenders is performed only by a DVLA doctor.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is the one that will refer the offender to the physician (the individual will receive the doctor’s details so that he or she can schedule the mandatory appointment at a convenient time).
The following are expected from high risk offenders during the medical examination:
  • fill in a questionnaire about the medical history and the alcohol consumption habits;
  • undergo a physical examination;
  • take blood tests.
The medical examination is not free of charge. The offender is the one who pays for it.

What are the penalties for drink driving offences?

Individuals found guilty of drink driving in the UK are either disqualified, or subject to a fine or imprisonment.
The severity of the offence is the one that determines the final penalty.

When disqualified, one will need to apply for a new licence. This is done by filling in a special form 90 days before the disqualification period ends, end sending it to the DVLA in order to reapply for the licence. The doctor’s appointment mentioned above is scheduled once the DVLA has received the request for a new licence.
Seeking proper medical consultation for treating any existing drink or drug problems is advisable during the disqualification period so that the individual can pass the mandatory medical examination for the new licence.
In some cases, those who are disqualified from driving for 12 months or more can reduce their penalty if they take a drink-drive rehabilitation course. A drink drive solicitor from our team can give you more details, if this applies in your case.

Qualified assistance for high risk offenders from our team

Our driving offence solicitors can help those who have been disqualified from driving and have acquired the status of a high risk offender.
If you are a repeat offender (were convicted of two drink driving offences within the last ten years) or were driving with an alcohol reading that qualifies you as a high risk offender, our team can help you.
Specific penalties apply for one’s noncompliance when being required to provide breath, blood or urine samples for testing. We can also represent your interests if you have refused to comply with these requirements when asked by the police.
Contact us for more information on how high risk offenders are subject to penalties.
Our driving offence solicitors in London can also answer other questions related to any type of driving offence. Please reach out if you need details about a particular issue.
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