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Drug Driving Allegation

Drug Driving Allegation

 

100% OF OUR MOTOR LAW SPECIALIST’S CLIENTS CHARGED WITH THIS OFFENCE HAVE BEEN FOUND NOT GUILTY *

 

If you have been charged with driving whilst unfit through drugs then please click here

 

If you provided your sample whilst in hospital then please click here

 

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.

 

Why Instruct Duncan Lewis Solicitors?

 

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:

 

  • What procedure did the police conduct with you whilst in custody? It is a strict and rigid procedure that the officers must follow and certain breaches are serious enough to result in you being found not guilty of the charge.
  • How and why was the blood or urine sample taken? There are limited circumstances under which an officer can legally require you to provide such a sample
  • What happened to the sample after its donation? How was it stored? What method was used to analyse it? There are all questions that need to be asked and often shed light onto breaches or flaws that result in an acquittal.
  • For the prosecution to secure a conviction, they must be able to prove that you are guilty beyond reasonable doubt and the results from the breath test are just one aspect of the case against you. Is the rest of the evidence strong enough to convince the court of your guilt? Many non-specialist lawyers are unaware of the technical defences that may exist in a case and we are confident that if you do have a defence, we will be able to find it.
  • The Prosecution have certain obligations that they must satisfy when preparing a case and we often see instances where they fail to do this. It is one of your basic legal rights to have the benefit of a fair trial and we have successfully argued that failings of the Prosecution prevent you from enjoying this right which results in the case against you being dismissed.
  • Whether special reasons apply

 

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.

 

Potential Penalties and Consequences

 

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:

 

  • A negative impact upon your chosen career or employment
  • Adverse effect upon your freedom to travel to certain countries
  • Significantly increase the costs of your vehicle insurance for at least the next 4 years
  • The social stigma attached to those who are ultimately convicted of drug driving

 

We Can Help Save Your Licence

 

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.

 

How Much Does it Cost

 

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:

 

  • How complex the case is; and
  • The number of hearings involved/duration of the proceedings

 

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

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