Drug Driving Offences

Can I lose my licence through drug driving even if the drugs are legal prescription drugs?

The simple answer to our headline question is …Yes

Driving under the influence of drugs is an offence irrespective of whether the drugs are supplied by the doctor for a medical condition or are illegal drugs supplied by a street corner pusher.

A driver whose driving is seen to be impaired can be stopped and tested for drugs at the roadside followed where appropriate by a blood test. A charge of driving under the influence of drugs will follow if these tests are positive with penalties including disqualification and loss of licence, the award of between 3 and 11 penalty points, financial penalty and even imprisonment in worst cases.

We can help to reduce the severity of the penalty awarded in the case of a guilty plea.

In the case of a not guilty plea, a successful defence will depend on the ability of the driver to challenge what are potentially complex areas of evidence, making expert and experienced defence essential if the driver is to achieve a not guilty verdict or to at least limit the severity of the penalty.

It is possible to help you to keep your licence or lessen your penalty in the face of a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. If you are in this situation, speak to one of our road traffic lawyers who will advise on your chances of a successful defence and represent you effectively when the time comes.

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