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why does he want to delay the hearing
If he can show to the court a good reason then the court will often adjourn these reasons. Buying tickets for a flight after notice of the hearing would not really be considered to be a good reason.
If he can show evidence of a pre booked holiday then usually the Magistrates will reschedule a hearing.
The bigger problem is getting hold of them as their admin departments have been cut so badly that they often don’t answer phones.
It is probably going to be too late to write and fax or email can’t be relied upon. If he is able to attend and explain to the court office then that would probably be effective. He will need to produce proof of the pre booked holiday.
If he has a solicitor then they are better placed to negotiate but drink driving doesn’t always attract legal aid.
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If you are saying that he booked the tickets after he knew of the date then that would not impress though.
You can always put them to proof.
Whether it will succeed or not is another matter.
If these are civilians then they might not come to court. He risks costs rack up but equally if he needs to keep driving it might be worthwhile.
It is always possible to challenge an eye witness account. It depends on the circumstances. If he is found very close the car with no other occupant then that gives rise to an inference and obviously he can only tell the truth.