Impaired driving offences may involve driving while under the influence of alcohol, recreational drugs, prescription drugs – or even while suffering injury which prevents normal mobility or movement.
Lack of sleep may also be another factor in impaired driving.
A new drug driving offence was introduced in 2015 in place of the previous charge “driving while impaired through drugs”.
Police are on the lookout for drivers who drug-drive, as well as drink-drive – and the penalties, if convicted, are severe.
Mitigating circumstances in impaired driving cases might involve a medical defence – for example, if a prescription drug had an adverse effect which a driver had not been warned about, or which was not anticipated.
In some cases of impaired driving involving drug-driving or drink driving, drivers have had their drinks spiked or food tampered with, without realising it.
Whatever the circumstances of a charge involving impaired driving, Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors offer robust criminal defence services to drivers – and can attend police interview under caution to advise on charges relating to impaired driving.
The penalties for impaired driving can involve points on a licence, a fine and driving ban – or in serious cases or a repeat offence, a prison term might apply.
Taking legal advice from Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors at an early stage of a charge for impaired driving can help save a driver from a driving ban or prison sentence, as well as reducing any the length of any driving disqualification.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal.
Duncan Lewis' Crime Department has been recognised as a Top Tier and recommended criminal defence practice by Chambers UK 2018 and the Legal 500 2017 Edition – and has an exceptional track record in defending cases involving a charge of impaired driving, including car drivers, HGV drivers or other road users.
Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors advise clients who may face prosecution for a road traffic offence to contact us as soon as possible, especially if a Notice of Intended Prosecution has been issued.
A member of the Duncan Lewis motoring offence department can attend police interview under caution – and our motoring law department regularly advises new drivers, experienced drivers and professional drivers on road traffic offences, including driving while impaired.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide in England and Wales – and a motoring law solicitor from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes.
Call Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on road traffic offences, including charges involving driving without an MOT certificate.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 0207 275 2036.