Have you been accused of drug driving, and are now fearing a lengthy driving ban - or even a prison sentence?
Are you looking for legal advice and support from an experienced specialist team of drug driving solicitors, who can take on your case and help you avoid a conviction?
If so, don’t delay - contact the experts at MotoringOffences.com today. We have dealt with thousands of motoring offence clients, including countless drug driving cases, and can offer you legal representation of the very highest standard.
There is a very low-tolerance approach to drug driving. By contacting our legal team as soon as possible, we will identify any circumstances that will make it easier to put together a strong defence to help you avoid losing your licence and livelihood.
How Can We Help?
We have more than 100 years of combined experience in representing people who accused of drug driving and other offences. Our specialist team of legal experts have been representing clients since 1978, and have dealt with thousands of motoring offence cases, making them the most experienced motoring offences team in the country.
MotoringOffences.com is part of JMW Solicitors, and members of our team have been accredited by respected organisations such as Chambers and the Legal 500, underlining our industry-leading expertise in this field. We have a strong track record of winning challenging drug driving cases, such as:
- helping a client to avoid a drug driving conviction as they had consumed the drug after driving and before the blood test was taken, meaning they were not over the legal limit at the time of driving
- successfully arguing that the level of drugs found in a client’s system was so low that it did not impair their ability to drive, helping them avoid a conviction
- assisting a client who was over by 16 times the legal drug limit by challenging the evidential admissibility of the specimen, which was not in accordance with the client’s recollection
- ensuring a client avoided a conviction for drugs after demonstrating that the police had failed to obtain the appropriate evidence to prove the client was over the legal limit
When we take on your case, you can rest assured that we will support you with personalised, tailored advice at every stage of the legal process, including:
- offering guidance at the police station, when you are waiting for your test results
- comprehensively assessing the details of the incident, gathering witness testimony and examining any other relevant evidence, such as CCTV footage
- reviewing the scientific and laboratory evidence to support your case, including the results of blood or mouth swab tests
- advising you on the best defence with the highest chances of success
- representing you in court and arguing your case in front of a judge
We attend courts across England and Wales and can take instructions by phone, email or in writing. In many cases, we have been able to persuade the prosecution to drop the case before having to go to court.
Because our team has dealt with so many drug driving cases in the past, we understand the distressing and vulnerable circumstances you may be facing. This is why we pride ourselves on delivering sensitive, reassuring and compassionate support throughout what can be a stressful process.
Call us on 0345 646 0349 for your free initial consultation, and we will be able to offer a clearer picture of the costs involved.
Can I Avoid a Disqualification?
Drug driving is a serious offence, but it is possible to defend against this charge with the help of an expert solicitor.
Potentially successful defences include:
- the defendant being able to prove they were not driving
- the individual proving that medication had been taken in accordance with a prescription
- procedural errors in obtaining the drug testing results
- the presence of “Special Reasons” to explain why you were driving under the influence - for example, that you ingested the drug without your knowledge, that you were forced to drive due to emergency circumstances, or that you only drove a short distance
What is the Difference Between Driving While Over the Prescribed Drug Limit, and Driving While Unfit Through Drink?
The term “drug driving” can refer to two legally distinct offences: driving while over the prescribed drug limit, and driving while unfit through drink.
To be convicted of driving while over the prescribed drug limit, it is necessary for the authorities to use a breath, blood or urine specimen to demonstrate that you were over the legal limit for a specific substance.
If no specimen has been taken, then you may be charged instead with driving while unfit through drugs. This depends on the authorities being able to provide another form of evidence that you were unfit to drive due to the influence of drugs.
The penalties for these offences are similar, but are considered separate charges in the eyes of the law, with different types of prosecuting evidence. As such, it will be necessary to tailor your defence depending on the charge.
What Happens if I am Found Guilty of Drug Driving?
Driving or attempting to drive under the influence of sense-impairing drugs is a criminal offence, with this classification applying to both legal and illegal substances.
If you are found guilty of drug driving, you could face a number of legal penalties, including:
- a mandatory driving ban for a minimum of 12 months, which could be extended depending on your circumstances and prior history of offending
- a fine of up to £5,000 issued by the court
- a community sentence, which might include community service work, a curfew requirement or mandatory rehabilitation treatment
- a prison sentence of up to six months, in the most serious cases
These penalties can potentially jeopardise an individual’s career and the stability of their personal lives. By consulting a specialist solicitor with experience in drug driving cases, it may be possible to get the penalty reduced, even if you are found guilty.
Talk to Us
For a free phone consultation about your drug driving case, call our experienced team of specialist drug driving solicitors on 0345 646 0348. You can also complete our online contact form to request a call back.