Being caught driving under the influence of drugs is a very serious offence and could result in a custodial sentence, yet it is an offence that can easily be committed unknowingly, especially if it was caused as a result of consuming legal or medicinal drugs.
As of 2015 a new drug driving offence was introduced which made it possible to be prosecuted for driving whilst unfit through drugs and driving with excess drugs. This offence includes legal limits for both certain legal prescription drugs often used and illegal drugs.
If you are pulled over by the police because they suspect you of drug driving you may be asked to undergo a Field Impairment Test to determine whether or not you are fit to drive. If you are considered to have failed this test then you will need to attend a police station for a blood test.
If you are convicted of drug driving you will face a driving ban of at least 12 months, a criminal record and a maximum fine of £5000.
At Rotheras our motorist defence team are aware of the repercussions you may face for drug driving allegations. We will discuss the allegation in detail with you, including reviewing the strength of the prosecution’s case against you to decide on the most successful strategies to use for a successful defence.
We have a site dedicated solely to Motoring Offences whilst still using the same expert Transport solicitors, so if you’re looking for more information about types of offences, our team, where we operate or case studies from some of our previous clients, then head over to KeepMeOnTheRoad. If you feel you’ve read enough and want to speak to one of the country’s leading transport Law teams, give us a call now on 0115 910 0600.
Why use Rotheras for Drug Driving Offences?
Our motorist defence team have considerable experience in defending drug driving claims and will assess all aspects of your case to identify issues that can lead to a successful defence.
We can assist you whether you have just been caught drug driving, are waiting for blood test results or have been bailed back to a police station.
In some cases we may be able to argue that your blood specimen is not reliable where we can establish that crucial parts of the police procedure have been misunderstood or overlooked.
We can assist with charges for possession of drugs, consumption of drugs and post-driving consumption.
We have considerable experience of representing clients in court for drug driving offences.
Our offices are based in Nottingham but we can provide advice across the country.
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Anton Balkitis leads the Transport Law team and is a nationally recognised Transport and Motoring Law specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Olivia Maginn is a transport and motoring law specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Chris Powell is an associate solicitor at Rotheras, specialising in road transport law and motorist defence. He advises and represents haulage and PSV operator licence holders and drivers on all road transport regulatory matters.
Joanne Derbyshire is a Trainee Solicitor currently in the Transport department.
Hardeep Chumber is a paralegal in Rotheras Motoring and Transport department and is based at our Lace Market office.
Elizabeth Shaw is a paralegal in Rotheras Transport department and is based at our Lace Market office.
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