If you face an allegation of drug driving we would urge you to contact us as soon as possible to discuss the options available to you. Our motor law specialist has a 100% success rate of defending this allegation and seeking advice early can have a significant impact upon your chances of success at trial. We may also be able to alleviate some of your concerns and help you feel more confident about the proceedings you now face.
We provide free initial telephone advice and would be happy to help so please contact us on 0203 114 1145 to discuss.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors prides itself on our expertise and client care and you must be confident in your representation. If our statistics and testimonials are not enough to convince you then please contact our specialist to for an informal chat.
If you have already been charged with this offence then it will mean that you have provided a blood or urine sample that has tested positive for a controlled drug. Alternatively, you may have provided your sample but not yet have the results of analysis and therefore be on bail without any formal charge.
The vast majority of our clients walking away from court with their licence intact.
Road Traffic Law is a niche and specialised area of criminal law. There are only a handful of firms with genuine expertise in this area. If you instruct us to help you, we rigorously scrutinise every aspect of your case which will include the following:
A non-motor law specialist would (in most cases) not know the various possible defences that may be available and advise you to plead guilty. This is why we would strongly recommend contacting us even if you have spoken to non-specialists to ensure you get the most accurate advice.
Drug driving is one of the more serious motoring offences. The courts have little discretion and must impose a minimum disqualification period of 12 months but in more serious cases or if you are a repeat offender, then disqualifications can be as long as 5 years and you may also be at risk of a prison sentence or community order. You can find out more about the factors that the court consider when imposing penalties here
There is also a Level 5 (unlimited) fine attached to this offence
A drug driving conviction will go onto your record as a criminal one but there are more far reaching consequences that are not immediately apparent such as:
Of all motoring offences, drug driving is one of the more serious and carries significant penalties upon conviction. If you are dependent upon your licence then a lengthy driving ban may be a daunting prospect with long term ramifications. Our lawyers understand the consequences this type of conviction can have and help motorists save their licence on a daily basis. We are here to listen and understand your case without judgement.
If the police provided you with your own sample of blood or urine to take home with you, we strongly recommend having this sent to be analysed independently. Whilst there are countless laboratories nationwide that can do this for you we would urge you to use an approved analyst, a list of which can be found on the Royal Society of Chemistry website here.
The costs of representation will largely depend upon whether you decide to plead guilty or not guilty.
Your first court date will be when you must attend and confirm whether you are pleading “guilty” or “not guilty”.
If you plead guilty to the charge then in most cases only one hearing is required and we can agree a fixed fee. If you plead not guilty, then it may be several months before your trial date and the fees incurred will be influenced by:
For more detail about the fee structure and payment options contact us on 0203 114 1145 to discuss your case in more detail.
*Not guilty or the charges dropped when our client had provided a blood or urine sample. Accurate as of March 2017