Drug Driving Solicitors in London

Updated on Saturday 26th December 2020

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Drugged drivers are punished in accordance with the applicable legislation in UK, and the authorities provide zero tolerance in such cases. Our drug driving solicitors in London are at the disposal of individuals accused of driving under the influence of drugs and can provide the necessary legal assistance and advice in front of the authorities. Let our criminal defence solicitors in London tell you more about the defence we can prepare for your case.
 

Penalties for drug driving offences


Driving a car under the influence of illegal drugs is definitely against the laws in UK and can send an offender to jail for 6 months or more. Depending on the case and circumstances, an individual accused of drug driving can receive a ban of up to 36 months, meaning that he or she will have the license permit retained for a specific period. It is important to know that our drug driving solicitors in London have an extensive experience in such cases and can tell you more about the defence you can receive, especially if the offence is incorrectly enforced or prosecuted. 
 

The limits in the case of controlled drugs


According to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and especially the “Driving with Excess Drugs” section which was introduced in 2015, the prosecution will have to establish if the arrested person was driving the car and if the proportion of the identified drug is over the legal limit. The Drug Driving Regulations 2014 mentions the limits of controlled drugs like clonazepam, lorazepam, diazepam, methadone, ketamine, amphetamine, morphine, oxazepam, and many others. Stepping the legal limit imposed by the legislation can put a person driving under the drug influence in an unwanted position, like being arrested and facing a trial. A driving disqualification of at least 12 months, community orders, unlimited fines or imprisonment can be imposed in such cases. If you have been caught driving under the influence of drugs, we suggest you get in touch with our criminal solicitors in London and ask for legal advice. You can receive legal assistance at the police station from our drug driving solicitors in London who can explain your rights in this situation. Our team of solicitors can also help you in other traffic offences, for example in drink driving cases. We have a team of drink drive solicitors who have defended many clients. Here is a video presentation that explains more: 

 


What happens if you are caught by the police?


The police can stop any person in traffic if there are reasons to believe that he or she drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In this case, the police officer will explain the reasons a person was stopped in traffic and then will perform a Field Impairment Test by soliciting a saliva sample. In case the test is positive, the police officer can arrest the person and send him/her to the police station for further proceedings. We remind you that failing to stop for a traffic verification is considered a serious offence for which a person can face serious punishments if caught. The evidence of driving, the roadside arrest process, the process of taking the tests are a few of the actions which will be deeply verified by our team of advisors. Let us remind you that our criminal defence solicitors in London can offer the needed legal advice and representation and can explain your rights if arrested by the police.  Also, it is advisable to wait for your drug driving solicitor in London and not answer any police questions. 
 
Here are extra details about the procedures and guidelines for drug testing made by the police:
 
  • The balance test, alongside the pupillary examination.
  • Finger to nose test, followed by a one-leg stand test.
  • Walk and turn test.
 
These kinds of tests indicate whether the person stopped in traffic drives under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, or not. However, if these tests are failed, this means that the police might ask for a blood test at the police station or a specific clinic. You should know your rights from the start, so make sure you talk to one of our drug driving lawyers.
 

Road Traffic Act 1988 – Driving with excess drugs

 
The consequences of driving with an excess of drugs are mentioned by the Road Traffic Act 1988, and particularly section 5A. There are new limits when it comes to legal or illegal drugs used since the new law provisions were introduced in 2015. The charging criteria will depend on a series of factors, like:
 
  • Who drove the vehicle;
  • If the proportion of drugs exceeded the prescribed limit.
 
It is important to know that the Drug Driving Regulations 2014 provides information about the limits of at least 17 controlled types of drugs that are used for medicinal purposes, like Oxazepam, Diazepam, Methylamphetamine, Methadone, Amphetamine, diazepam, Cocaine, Ketamine, Cannabis, or Clonazepam. 
 
Our drug driving lawyers in London have experience in this area and can help persons accused of driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs understand better the legal limits. It is a known fact that specific drugs might remain in the system for more than just a couple of days, so any trace of drugs that is over the limit can get a person in trouble with the law. Feel free to call our legal advisors and ask for complete legal assistance and representation.
 

What happens if you are at the police station?

 
Being arrested for drug driving is for sure an unwanted situation, however, while kept in police custody, you should know you have rights. You can call one of our drug driving lawyers in London and you are not obliged to answer the police questions. The police officer in charge of your case will ask for urine and/or blood test, yet, if you refuse, your case might get complicated.
 
Looking for immediate legal advice for drug driving accusations? Have you been arrested and kept in police custody? Feel free to get in touch with our legal specialists ad ask for immediate support and representation. It is important to have legal advice from the start and benefit from the knowledge and experience of our solicitors in London. Our experience in this field plays a major role in your case, so contact us right away.
 

FAQ about drug driving and traffic offences


1. What is the set of laws regulates the drug driving offences?

The Drug Driving Regulations Act 2014 is the set of laws mentioning the type of drug driving offences, penalties, and many more. You can talk to our drug driving lawyers in London for complete information about the governing legislation.

2. What happens if I get caught by the police in traffic?

The police can make traffic verifications at any time. Some police officers might ask for specific tests if they believe a driver is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Instead of complicating your case, it is best to collaborate with the police.

3. What happens if I refuse to make the tests imposed by the police?

The police can arrest persons caught driving under the influence of drugs who refuse to make specific tests. In these circumstances, your case might get complicated. Make sure you get in touch with one of our drug driving solicitors in London and ask for immediate legal advice.

4. What are the penalties for drug driving offences?

Driving disqualification of at least 12 months, unlimited fines, community orders, and even imprisonment of up to 6 months are among the penalties for drug driving offences in UK. Penalties might be cumulative if the offences and consequences had a major impact on the public (victims, traffic deaths, etc.)

5. How can a drug driving defence lawyer in London help me?

Our drug driving solicitors in London have a wide experience in such cases and can successfully represent persons who have been accused of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. These accusations are quite severe, yet our legal advisors will explain your rights from the start, make some case verification, and inform you about the next steps. We can represent our clients in the court of law and we can create the proper defence strategies for the best possible results. Here are some statistics about drug driving in UK that you might find it interesting:
 
  1. around 10,215 cases of drug-driving prosecutions have been registered in UK in 2018;
  2. there were about 672 drug driving arrests during 2018-2019, according to Suffolk Police;
  3. Around 62% of persons examined by the police were tested positive for cannabis.


Legal advice offered by our criminal solicitors in London


It is important to ask for legal advice if you have been arrested for drug driving and kept into police custody. Blood and a urine test will be solicited while being at the police station, however, you might want to talk to our drug driving solicitors in London first and see what your options are in this case. Here are a few facts about the defence you can receive:
 
  1. It is good to know that you will be released until the test results are provided, however, the police officer in charge of your case will inform you about the date you need to return.
  2. Meanwhile, our criminal defence solicitors in London will provide you with complete legal advice, in order to avoid any fines or punishments in your case.
  3. t is mandatory to act in a fast manner if charges of serious crimes or road traffic offences have been brought to you because our drug driving solicitors will have to prepare the defence in your case by making the first investigation from a legal point of view.
  4. Having ample experience in drug driving cases in UK will help you receive the needed legal advice and support from our criminal lawyers in London, at any time.

If you want to keep your driving license and get rid of the accusations brought to you, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team of criminal defence solicitors in London and find out more about the defence they can offer for your case.