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In March 2005 eight illicit and eight generally prescription drugs were added into the new legislation, with regulations around amphetamine being added shortly after. The limit for each drug is measured in microgames per litre of blood.
The threshold limits with regards to this offence are infinitely lower than those in respect of drink driving offences. There are currently no set Sentencing Guidelines in respect of the offence of Drug Driving. The guidance issued by the Magistrates’ Courts Sentencing Council in November 2016 advises Courts to impose a minimum 12 month driving disqualification for a first-time offender. The length of the disqualification that the Court will impose will range from 12 – 36 months and in more serious cases, the Court can impose a community penalty (ie unpaid work) or even up to 6 months in prison.
It is worth noting that, unlike an offence of Drink Driving, there is no Rehabilitation Course available to reduce any disqualification period.
Consideration must be given to the fact that if you have a previous drink or drug driving conviction within the last ten-years, then the minimum disqualification will be three years.
If a Court considers that there are aggravating factors that make your case more serious, for instance a collision or evidence of poor driving, then the Court can impose an increased disqualification period beyond the minimum 12 months.
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To prove the presence of a drug in your system, a medical practitioner will perform a simple blood test at the police station to test if you are above the limit.
This is a relatively new procedure and mistakes and oversights do occur, which if identified and proven can prove fatal to the Prosecution’s case against you.
We can advise as to the procedural requirements of obtaining the blood or urine sample from you as the process requires strict adherence to procedure by those conducting it. If we consider that there is a procedural issue with your case, then it may well be that the case against you cannot be proven.
With our vast experience in respect of these cases, we will discuss your case with you and advise you with regard to all aspects of it and will provide you with a full evaluation of your case as to any defence(s) available and advice on the realistic prospects of them.
Our objective is to put you first and if we do not consider that there is a defence available to you, then we will advise you as to the most appropriate approach in order to obtain the best outcome for you.
Levins are able to travel nationwide to represent you.