Thank you for your honesty, i now even more appreciate how stupid and irresponsible i have been.
The desk sargent said he had never seen anyone get a custodial sentence for a first offence, even when highlighting the high reading to me. Hence i am shocked by your response re possible custody.
When you say "Despite the starting point being custody, if you plead guilty then probably that would knock it down into a high-level community order or a suspended sentence" Is this your experience or is a custodial sentence still possible in your experience - especially for a first offence and no other criminal convictions.
Should i say as a result of the charge i am seeking help from my GP for an alcohol problem, or would it harm my case to admit to this?
A short custodial sentence would mean i lose my job of 20 years standing. I cannot afford to lose my income due to supporting my family household expenses. My wife's job is currently at risk which would mean we could lose the family home. Should i make reference to this?
I will get in touch with a solicitor tomorrow - should it be a drink driving / motoring specialist?
Thank you, ***** ***** is very much apprecaited and has opended my mind that i need legal representation.