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Ant McPartlin’s £86k drink-driving fine ‘lenient’, says law firm

An £86,000 fine faced by TV presenter Ant McPartlin following his drink-driving conviction could have been much higher, according to Paul Loughlin, a specialist in motoring law at Stephensons.

McPartlin pleaded guilty to drink-driving and, alongside the fine, was banned from driving for 20 months on Monday (April 16).

However, Loughlin believes that the fine McPartlin received should be considered a relatively lenient one.

“The sentencing guidelines are pretty clear,” he said. “Penalties for drink driving are tied to the earnings of the defendant and calculated as a percentage of those earnings.

“If reports are to be believed, McPartlin has a take-home pay of £130,000 and the fine of £86,000 imposed by the court comes in well short of the calculation usually used.”

Considered a band ‘C’ offence, it carries a minimum of 125% to 175% relevant or ‘take-home’ weekly income.

“This means that McPartlin could technically have received a fine of up to £227,500,” continued Loughlin. “However, the court would usually use a starting point of 150% and would then reduce that by a third due to the timeliness of the guilty plea.”

In short, had the court followed the guidelines to the letter, McPartlin would ordinarily have been fined a minimum of £130,000.

Loughlin concluded: “Given the aggravating circumstances at play in this case – the level of alcohol in his system, the collisions with two other vehicles and the reported injuries to individuals in those vehicles – it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the court would have chosen to impose a community order such as an unpaid work requirement, which is a more serious punishment.”


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  • Alan D - 19/04/2018 11:12

    Not condoning the act in anyway, but to lawyers clearly £86K is a mere drop in the ocean.

  • The Engineer - 21/04/2018 11:08

    Apparently over twice the limit, I have often made the point that tinkering with the limit will have no effect on safety but just cause unnecessary restriction or job losses on those who may have some residual alcohol from a considerable time ago. Drink drivers don't have limits, that's their problem, they need alcohol despite the obvious risks we all know. Those causing real incidents are always well tanked over the current limit by a large margin, often by several times. Lowering it will have zero effect on real safety.

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