Special Reasons Arguments

If you’re convicted of drink driving you should expect to be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months. However, you may avoid a drink driving ban if you can show one or more ‘special reasons’ why you shouldn’t be disqualified. Avoid A Ban can present special reasons arguments on your behalf at courts throughout Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Going directly to a Barrister may also save you money and ensure you deal with the same lawyer throughout your case.

Although a drink driving conviction carries with it a mandatory ban, a well-presented special reasons argument may ensure you keep on driving. But it’s important to understand that special reasons arguments do not amount to a defence and that you’ll still have to plead guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Our Barristers can help you assess your chances of making a successful special reasons argument.

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What Counts As A Special Reasons Argument

To amount to a “special reason” not to disqualify you from driving, the argument you put forward to the Court must be directly related to the offence itself.

There’s no fixed list of special reasons but common examples include:

  • Emergencies
  • Shortness of distance driven
  • Laced or ‘spiked’ drinks


It’s important to understand that there must be something about how or why the offence itself occurred that means it would be wrong to make you lose your licence. The effect a driving ban would have on you (or on anyone who depends on you) cannot amount to a special reason not to disqualify you from driving.

If you think the reason you drove might amount to a special reason not to disqualify you talk to a lawyer with experience in this area of road traffic law who can assess your case and help you decide the best approach to take.

Do I Need A Lawyer?

Courts take drink driving offences very seriously and are naturally reluctant to accept special reasons arguments. The Court’s starting position will therefore always be to disqualify any motorist caught driving with excess alcohol.

This means you need to make sure any special reasons you rely on are carefully prepared and properly argued when you appear at court.

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