Drug Driving

Drug Driving

What is Drug driving?

Drug driving is when an individual drives under the influence of drugs, whether with legal or illegal drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs is a very serious offence as it can pose a danger to others.

Getting caught drug driving is a very serious offence, the laws impose a zero-tolerance policy on drugs most associated with illegal use, with a limit set for accidental exposure. This means that if you have been found with illegal drugs in your system above the accidental exposure limit, you can be accused of drug driving, leading to an obligatory disqualification from driving, and up to 11 points on your licence.

In 2019-2020, there were 175,000 drug offences recorded by the police, this is 13% higher than in 2018-2019. Drug charges do not only apply to illegal drugs; taking some legal prescription drugs and driving is a criminal offence if they are found in your system and over the legal limit. Legal drugs are faced with a slightly different risk-based approach.

What are the charges?

If you are found guilty of drug driving you can expect some pretty hefty charges, with a mandatory driving ban for at least 12 months, up to a £5,000 fine and 3-11 penalty points on your licence, depending on the severity of the drug driving case. Here at Solicitors On Your Side, we understand that facing these kinds of charges can be very stressful and can have a truly negative impact on your work and home life. Our experienced solicitors can use their knowledge and extensive experience to help you gain a better outcome for your offence.

What should I do if I have been charged with drug driving?

If you have been convicted of a drug-driving offence, we recommend that you contact Solicitors On Your Side now. We will make sure that your process is as stress-free as possible, enabling you to get back to your daily life as soon as possible.

By being charged with any drug driving offences, you can find yourself facing not only some hefty penalties, but you can also find yourself paying significantly higher insurance premiums. By proceeding with your case with Solicitors On Your Side, we can help explore your options and find ways to help with your case. A criminal record does not look good for any future employers and can decrease your chances of getting a job.

With our experience, our solicitors can use their extensive knowledge to implement a range of defences for your charges, for example; how the police carried out the mandatory procedure, which can help your case tremendously. Due to how new the regulations are, the police can find themselves making mistakes in the mandatory drug testing procedure. They can also request to perform laboratory tests obtaining urine and blood samples, which can sometimes be performed incorrectly. Our experienced solicitors can use their experience to help to find and prove if any of the procedures were carried out incorrectly.

There can be circumstances where the offender found themselves taking the prescribed amount of a legal drug, and still be charged with drug driving. Solicitors On Your Side can help you prove your case and avoid any unnecessary penalties.

Get in touch with our solicitors

Get in touch with our solicitors now to get helpful advice on how to defend your case and come out with a good outcome, our solicitors aim to make your process as easy and stress-free as possible.

Have you been charged with a motoring offence?

If you have been charged with a motoring offence, contact Solicitors On Your Side now to help you lower your motoring offence penalties. We understand that these situations can be very time consuming and stressful but at Solicitors On Your Side, we will try to make the process as quick as possible.

Sometimes, severe drug offences can lead to driving disqualifications. If you have been disqualified from driving you may have to re-apply for a driving licence and re-take any necessary tests, to be able to drive again.

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Get in touch with us now if you have been charged with a motoring offence, remember that there are always better options out there!

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