It is now an offence to drive or be in charge of a vehicle if you are over the specified limit for certain drugs or if your driving is impaired by drugs. Offending includes failing to provide specimens.
The offence includes both legal and illegal drugs. Therefore, perhaps to your surprise, you could be prosecuted for drug driving having taken prescription medication such as diazepam or morphine, if your consumption is above the amount stated on your prescription.
Drug driving is a serious offence, which results in a disqualification from driving for a minimum period of one year and potentially imprisonment for up to 6 months. A heavy fine is also likely. There are very few exceptions to this, all of which we can discuss with you.
Our legal experts are vastly experienced in dealing with all drug driving offences which include the following:
- Failure to provide a specimen when either driving or being in charge of your vehicle.
- Failure to co-operate with a roadside drug test
- Unfit through drugs when in charge of or driving a vehicle
- Driving or being in charge of a vehicle with excess of a controlled drug
- Driving or being in charge of a vehicle with an excess of a prescription drug.
If you have been accused of drug driving and would like to discuss your situation and obtain legal advice, please contact our legal experts to arrange a reduced fee initial meeting.