Christmas is upon us and the party season is underway.

This time also coincides with a national police initiative concerning drink driving, as forces across the country prepare for a spike in the numbers of those tested and arrested for drink and drug driving offences.

In some instances, it is possible to apply to a court and ask that a driving ban is ended early.

Therefore, if your circumstances have changed since being disqualified, it is worth discussing with one of our criminal law specialists whether or not you can take advantage of this legal provision.

The Driving Test is set to change on 4 December 2017.  The 4 changes are being brought into place to update the skills required by new drivers as they embark on a lifetime of driving.  People who have passed their test some time ago often comment that they would struggle to pass the test if they resat it.

The Sentencing Council has issued new sentencing guidelines for Magistrates which came into force on 24th April 2017. Magistrates' Courts deal with the vast majority of criminal cases and the changes to the guidelines reflect the diverse range of offences covering areas such as illegal alcohol sales, school non-attendance and also a number of road traffic offences.

Millions of us are currently participating in Alcohol Concern’s ‘Dry January’ campaign, but as we move into February, many participants will treat themselves to a celebratory drink.