Drug driving is one of the most serious offences that a motorist can face and it’s one that can result in severe penalties. New legislation that was introduced in 2015 now makes the procedure for prosecuting this type of case, very similar to that used in alcohol cases and this included setting legal limits for certain types of drug
Under the new legislation, it’s now illegal to drive if you are unfit because you’ve taken legal or illegal drugs or if you’re over the limit that’s been set for one of the illegal drugs even if your standard of driving hasn’t been affected. Legal drugs are usually those that are prescribed but even though the medications are legal, you’re still expected to make sure it doesn’t impair your driving. There are certain limits now for the most common illegal drugs that are so low that they’ve almost taken a zero tolerance approach.
If you’re convicted of a drug driving charge you’re likely to face a minimum 12 month disqualification from driving and unlimited fine and a criminal record. You can also face prison time depending on how serious the case is.
At Duncan Lewis the vast majority of our clients come to us because they are dependent upon their ability to drive. We understand that a conviction can often be a life changing for many people and this is exactly why we want to help. Duncan Lewis Drug driving solicitors have an excellent track record in defending cases involving drug driving charges, and we specialise in identifying a number of possible defences for our clients.
If you are facing a drug driving conviction then please get in touch with our motoring law team for more information on 033 3772 0409.