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Drink Driving Lawyers Scotland

Scotland has the strictest drink driving laws in the UK. If you are caught drinking in any part of the UK, you will be banned from driving in all parts of the country, even if you were charged in Scotland, but below the legal limit for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Drink Driving Legal FAQs

How many drinks can I have before I drive?

It is impossible to determine how many drinks an individual can have that will put them over the legal limit, there are a number of factors which must be taken into consideration, including:

  • Weight and metabolism
  • Age
  • Sex
  • What alcohol you’ve been drinking
  • How much you’ve had to eat recently
  • Stress levels

What are the legal limits?

The following table shows the legal limits for breath, blood and urine in Scotland and the rest of the UK

Level of alcohol

England, Wales and Northern Ireland


Micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath



Milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood



Milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine



What punishments can I face?

If you are in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit, you may face:

  • 3 months’ imprisonment
  • A fine of up to £2,500
  • A possible driving ban

If you are driving, or attempting to drive while above the legal limit, you may face:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • An unlimited fine
  • At least 1-year driving ban
  • A 3-year driving ban if you have been convicted twice in 10 years

Failure to provide a breath, blood or urine samples mean you may get:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • An unlimited fine
  • A 1-year driving ban

Causing death from careless driving while above the legal limit means you may face:

  • 14 years’ imprisonment
  • An unlimited fine
  • At least a 2-year driving ban

High risk offenders will not automatically get their licences back.

Contact Expert Road Traffic Offence Solicitors Wishaw, East Kilbride, Motherwell, Hamilton & Scotland

If you have been charged with drink driving, contact us today to make sure that we provide you with the best defence, as time may be crucial. Call us on 01698 442796, or complete our online enquiry form here.

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