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Drink Driving High-Risk Offenders

If you have been disqualified from driving for drink driving or a related offence such as being drunk in charge or failing to provide a specimen, you may have believed that you knew exactly when your licence would be returned to you.

However, many people fall into the category of being a high-risk offender, and this means that obtaining your licence again can be difficult or even impossible.


high-risk offenders



What is a high-risk offender?

The high-risk offender scheme applies to drivers convicted of the following:


  • one disqualification for driving or being in charge of a vehicle when the level of alcohol in the body equalled or exceeded either one of these measures:


87.5 mcg per 100 ml of breath

200.0 mg per 100 ml of blood

267.5 mg per 100 ml of urine


  • two disqualifications within the space of 10 years for drink-driving or being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol
  • one disqualification for refusing or failing to supply a specimen for alcohol analysis
  • one disqualification for refusing to give permission for a laboratory test of a specimen of blood for alcohol analysis.


If I am a high-risk offender, what does it mean?

It means that at the end of your disqualification period, your licence will not be returned.


How do I get my licence back?

You will need to undergo a stringent medical assessment, involving

  • questionnaire
  • serum CDT assay
  • any further testing indicated.


If a high-risk offender has a previous history of alcohol dependence or persistent misuse but has satisfactory examination and blood tests, a licence with restrictions may be offered.

A high-risk offender found to have a current history of alcohol misuse or dependence and/or unexplained abnormal blood test results will have the application refused.




If my application is refused, can I appeal this?

Yes, you can.

Our expert team can assist in this area and help supposed high-risk offenders appeal a refused application.

Call us now on 01623 397200.


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