Let’s assume, just for a minute, that George Michael will be found guilty of the offence of being “unfit to drive through use of drink or drugs” on January 11th. Now, put yourself in the position of the Magistrate (the judge). Your job, as Magistrate will be to decide on the penalty to hand out to George.
Some parts of the penalty you have no option over: the law says you must take away his driving license. However, in cases where the Magistrate believes that a driving ban is insufficient, the law also gives the option to fine the offender or give them a prison sentence. The law is that the maximum fine you can impose for this offence is £5,000; and the maximum prison sentence is six months.
So, in the scenario where he is found guilty, what penalty would you, as Magistrate, hand out to try to make George realise that driving under the influence of drink or drugs is unnacceptable to society?