If you are stopped by the police and refuse to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine without a reasonable excuse you are committing a criminal offence. The penalties for failing to provide a specimen are wide-ranging, with sentencing guidelines affording the court a wider discretion than in other cases, such as those involving drink driving.
If you are convicted you will be banned for at least 12 months, and in many cases longer. Wilford Smith's team of Criminal Defence Solicitors, who specialise in defending clients accused of road traffic offences, appear in court regularly and take a ruthless approach to challenging every detail of the prosecution's case. We will provide you with straightforward, jargon-free advice as part of our client-focused and highly personal service to reassure you at this challenging time and help you retain your licence.
In many cases, drivers who fail to provide a specimen have a good reason for doing so. Examples include medical conditions such as asthma or respiratory problems, and other conditions such as a phobia of needles. If you have a good reason for refusing to provide a specimen, it is essential that you instruct a solicitor as soon as possible. Wilford Smith’s Road Traffic Defence Solicitors, with expert advocacy and litigation skills, are excellently placed to make this argument robustly and effectively on your behalf.
Contact our Road Traffic Solicitors in Sheffield and London
Our Criminal Defence Teams are based in Sheffield and London and assist clients throughout England and Wales. Contact us today on 01709 828 044 to find out how we can help.