23 September 2019

Drink Driving

Barrister "B" was arrested and convicted for drink driving by a Magistrates' Court. The alcohol reading in his breath was 89 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath (the legal limit being 35 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath). He was sentenced by the criminal courts to a fine and was disqualified from driving. B notified the BSB of his criminal conviction within one week of the trial.

The Professional Conduct Committee opened a complaint against B for his conduct in breach of paragraph 301(a) of the Code of Conduct and, after completing its investigation, decided to dispose of the complaint by way of Determination by Consent. One charge of  discreditable conduct was put to B who, following his admission of the charge, was sentenced to a reprimand and fined £500. The Professional Conduct Committee took the following into account in mitigation; B's guilty plea, his clear expression of remorse and his previous good